A staple of the Florida coast, parasailing is once again under the microscope for the lack of regulation, danger, and potential negligence in owner operation.
With as many as 120 companies in peak tourist season, more people are parasailing in Florida than any other state. The death of a woman who dropped from her harness 200 feet into the ocean off Pompano Beach last year, has raised concerns about operator regulation and industry safety.
“There is nobody that regulates or restricts the industry at this time” said Lamar Fisher, the mayor of Pompano Beach. Two people have died from accidents in Pompano Beach due to parasailing since 2007.
The Pompano Beach incident, along with the recent death of two Indiana teenagers in Panama City beach, has many pushing for regulation in an industry that seems completely operator independent.
Cities around Florida have attempted to pass legislation requiring insurance, equipment testing, and weather condition monitoring. The Florida House of Representatives has refused all legislation, citing such regulations would be bad for business.
With the recent deaths and increased media attention, lawmakers continue to push for tougher safety standards.