Florida Surpasses One Million Recreational Boaters

The agency announced Friday that the number had been surpassed, with the most vessel registrations in Miami-Dade County, with 74,622, followed by Pinellas County, with 53,867; Lee County, with 50,304; Broward County, with 47,741; and Hillsborough County, with 41,495.

Florida requires vessels to be registered with local tax collectors within 30 days of purchase.

Registration is not required for non-motor-powered vessels less than 16 feet long, along with canoes, kayaks, racing shells and rowing sculls.

As the state passed the 1 million benchmark, the commission tried to highlight the importance of safety.

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