Parasailing Regulations Get Shot Down in Broward

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Back in August, a woman visiting from Connecticut fell 200 feet from the sky and perished after the harness on her parasail failed.

This was the second parasailing death since 2007. Both accidents could have been prevented by simple measures and regulations.

See also: Woman Dies After Falling 200 Feet in Parasailing Accident  

Those regulations were proposed to the County Commission by a Broward County Advisory Board. The regulation was roundly rejected.

Have fun parasailing without a safety harness, everyone! It's more exciting when the possibility of being slammed into a hotel roof by strong gusts of wind might be involved.

The committee voted 11-6 against a motion to support safety bills in the state Legislature or to impose safety standards at the county level.

"I thought it was creating a nanny state," said committee member Randolph Adams, who voted no. "Overprotection."

Well then let's apply these rules to, say, our cuts of meat. Our meat has salmonella and rat shit spread all over it. Should we still feed it to people? Pffft. Of course! To do otherwise would be OVERPROTECTION.

"It kind of blows me away," said Larry Meddock, executive director of the Water Sports Industry Association.

Admittedly, "blows me away" is a poor choice of words. But Meddock is right. 

 "They have a vested interest," he added.

"I think it's premature to recommend any legislation. I don't think we know enough about what the safety issues are," said Mark Ercolin, a maritime lawyer who thinks the state shouldn't rush to impose regulations.

We're no lawyer, but the safety issues seem to be people are parasailing one minute, their harness breaks for no reason, the fall down, they die. Another issue is wind, which is controlled by God, and when he gets angry he blows it at people. So there's absolutely nothing that can be done about that. So Ercolin's got us there.

"I think our board should wait until we see the actual legislation and the real ramifications," Ercolin also said. "I don't think we should just recommend something because it feels good."

Let's wait for more people to die in horrific yet totally preventable accidents. Then maybe we'll look into it, probably.

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