Fort Myers Beach is proud to serve as the home of United States Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach. Part of Sector St. Petersburg in the 7th District, Atlantic Area of the USCG, Station Fort Myers Beach works with other districts to provide Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Rescue Missions. The FMB station provides Search & Rescue services in an area roughly from Charlotte Harbor to Everglades City, about 50 miles out.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 91, Fort Myers Beach exists to support the Coast Guard and is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions, with its primary focus on Recreational Boating Safety.
To kickoff National Safe Boating Week, the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 91 will host an Open House on Saturday, May 18 from 10am -3pm at Station FMB, 719 San Carlos Drive, Fort Myers Beach.
National Safe Boating Week runs from May 18-24, 2019 to promote and highlight the importance of practicing safe boating. “The Safe Boating Campaign reminds boaters of important safety practices such as taking a boating safety course, never boating under the influence, and knowing navigational rules,” said Yvonne Pentz, the Communications Director of the National Safe Boating Council. “Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard tell the story that responsible boating can save lives.”
The Open House provides boaters with diverse tips and valuable information. Guests will tour several Coast Guard boats during the event. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available to answer recreational boating safety questions. Participants will learn more about safe boating education, having the proper equipment on their vessel, marine safety and environmental protection concerns.
Flotilla Commander Nick Kaveski stated, “Throughout the day, there will be an instructional seminar “Suddenly in Command” to learn what to do in the event of a boating emergency and demonstrations of paddle boat safety. Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach has earned multiple “Kimball Awards” for performance excellence. This is an opportunity for residents to learn about the missions of the Coast Guard and boating safety. As an added attraction, ‘Coastie’, a remote-controlled low endurance class cutter, will make an appearance. Free hot dogs and water will be served.”
Scheduled to attend are Lee County EMS, Safe Kids Southwest Florida, Lee County Sheriff Marine Unit, U.S. Coast Guard & Auxiliary Recruiters, Florida Dept Environmental Protection, Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Truck, Golisano Neonatal & Pediatric Hospital Ambulance, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
For more information about the USCG Auxiliary or Flotilla 91, contact their Public Affairs Officer at 239-690-6780 or visit www.cgaux.org
The Open House will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 10am – 3pm at Station Fort Myers Beach, 719 San Carlos Drive, Fort Myers Beach.