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Dive Flag Awareness Event FL Statewide

Discussion in 'Florida' started by rjnjupiter, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. rjnjupiter

    rjnjupiter Bad A$$ Honey Badger!

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Jupiter, FL
    Recently, our fellow diver, Rob Murphy was struck by a boat while he was diving. The accident caused the loss of both of Rob's legs. There are still boaters that do not understand the DIVE FLAG LAWS. On SATURDAY JANUARY 31,we are organizing the largest DIVE FLAG AWARENESS event to date. It is our hope to have volunteers standing by at EVERY PUBLIC BOAT RAMP in Florida to hand out Brochures from the FWC regarding DIVE FLAG LAWS. We will also ask every boater to SIGN A PETITION started by Chad Carney, urging Governor Crist to declare a Dive Flag Awareness Day here in Florida. We want the media to cover the event in your area. Rob's family will be joining us here in Jupiter to help publicize this event. We will keep track of how many people and boat ramps so I can prepare a press release for the media in your area. IF YOU CAN HELP, email info@scuba-works.com or randy@emeraldcharters.com.

    Here is a list of the Boat Ramps we have covered so far with the contact info.

    Dive Flag Awareness

    1 Burt Reynolds Park Jupiter Scuba Works (561) 575-3483
    2 Fort DeSoto Park Tampa Bay Chad Carney (727) 423-7775
    3 Bay Pines St Pete Chad Carney
    4 Seminole Clearwater Chad Carney
    5 Lantana Lantana Fl Free Divers (561) 503-0848
    6 Curry Park West Palm Laura Rogers need info
    7 Jensen Causeway Jensen Beach Deep Six (772) 692-2747
    8 Sansprit Park Stuart Bubba, Petra need info
    9 Rivergate Port St Lucie Deep Six (772) 692-2747
    10 Destin Destin Jim B need info

  2. Shcubasteve

    Shcubasteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: St. Lucie
    Thanks Randy for the post on this forum! Looks like the word is getting out.

  3. DennisS

    DennisS Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sebastian, FL
    Many of us have had close calls with boats while diving, recently a spearfisherman lost both his legs to a boats propellor. There is a thread going on, over on spearboard, for a dive flag awareness day Jan-31-09. People will be handing out flyers at ramps all over the state, perhaps you can give a stack to fuel docks in your area to pass out.

    Lt Bingham of the FWC has designed a flyer, print up a 100 copies and pass them out. Education is the first step in preventing accidents between divers and boaters. Let's get out there and educate.

    Take a couple hours and go pass out some flyers on Jan 31 at your local ramps.

    The thread over there has some sign up info and who is going where

    Dive Flag Event! Calling All Divers - Spearboard Spearfishing Community

    Looks like another thread was started while I was doing this one, it has info on who is going where

  4. deepstops

    deepstops Blacklight Poster ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Weston, FL

    This is an outstanding idea. I volunteer my services for the 15th Street boat ramp just inside Port Everglades here in Fort Lauderdale. I will call Scuba Works on Monday to find out how to get the brochures to pass out to the boaters.
  5. rjnjupiter

    rjnjupiter Bad A$$ Honey Badger!

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Jupiter, FL
    Thank you, Doug. I will email the brochure and petition link and will be mailing some bumper stickers to you. I will get your info later. For now, your generous committment is all we need. Again, Thank You.
  6. DennisS

    DennisS Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sebastian, FL

    Sign me up for the JLloyd Park Ramp in Dania Beach, I'll also drop brochures off at nearby fuel docks/ marinas..

    LIVES4SHARKS SHARK DIVA AI ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Savannah, Georgia
    I will be down in Jupiter the 31st so I will be happy to participate!

  8. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Inland Empire, California
    Brian and Dennis, let me know when you will be at those boat ramps and if I'm not at work, I'll come and help you.
  9. gcannon_511

    gcannon_511 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: New Smyrna Beach, Fl
    I would love to help here in New smyrna beach
  10. JRScuba

    JRScuba Contributor

    I found this in the Sun-Sentinel. To pi$$ed off to say more.

    South Florida: Diver loses legs

    January 12, 2009

    A Palm Beach County man lost his legs after being run over by a boat while diving near a Martin County park, according to state officials.

    Robert Murphy, 26, was spearfishing in the St. Lucie River on Friday when he was hit by a boat driven by Roger Nicosia said Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro. Palm Beach Post

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