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June 30, 2023

Suggested Tweet: July 1-3 @MyFWC joins forces with law enforcement partners for #OperationDryWater #BoatSober #Florida 

FWC promotes awareness and heightened enforcement for boating under the influence during Operation Dry
Water this weekend 

Operation Dry Water is a year-round Boating Under the Influence awareness campaign that facilitates a national
weekend of BUI detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol- and drug-related boating
incidents and fatalities. This year, Operation Dry Water weekend will take place July 1-3. The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has been involved with the campaign since its inception in 2009 and
this year will continue to play a vital role in protecting lives, promoting safe boating practices, ensuring legal
compliance and fostering a culture of responsible behavior on the water. 

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest boating holidays across the country. With more than a million
registered recreational vessels, Florida is recognized as the “Boating Capital of the World.” FWC and partner
agencies are responsible for keeping the millions of visitors and residents who enjoy the state’s beautiful
waterways safe. Last year law enforcement removed 93 impaired operators from Florida waterways during
Operation Dry Water. 

“Our officers are committed to addressing the issue of impaired boating year-round,” said Maj. Rob Beaton,
FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section Leader. “Ensuring the safety and enhancing the overall boating
experience for the people enjoying our beautiful waterways is a priority for us. We will be patrolling statewide
during the upcoming weekend and throughout the holiday looking for any signs of boater impairment.” 

Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead
to series injuries and consequences. In Florida, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content of .08
or higher, the same as in a vehicle. 

The FWC reminds boaters to designate an operator who will remain sober to ensure the safety of everyone with
them and around them, and encourages boaters wear a life jacket and take a boating education course. 

For more information, visit and

FWC 2022 Boating Accident Statistics:  visit and click on “Boating Accidents.”

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