Safe Boating Week, USCG Open House


The annual Open House at the United States Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach to kick off National Safe Boating Week was held Saturday, May 18, 2019, with numerous public agencies in attendance, including Lee County EMS, Safe Kids SWFL, LCSO Marine Unit, USCG & Auxiliary Recruiters, FL DEP, FMB Fire Department, Golisano Neonatal & Pediatric Ambulance and Florida FWC. The USCG Auxiliary was in attendance and offering free vessel safety checks to area boaters. To schedule one, go to


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The Iona McGregor Fire boat took part in the day’s activities, explaining how they use fight boat fires.
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An interactive display relating to the length of time it takes marine debris to decompose was a popular spot for visitors.
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Coastie, a remote-controlled low-endurance class cutter, was a big hit with the younger set, as he sprayed water on passing attendees. Photos by M. Layfield.