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Old 03-21-2017, 03:34 PM
kiter_dude kiter_dude is offline
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Default Going to kiteboard in SARASOTA FLORIDA??

BE SURE TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THESE RULES.

WE WANT EVERYONE TO ENJOY OUR BEACHES (AND NOT GET A CITATION)


*** KITEBOARDING RULES SARASOTA COUNTY BEACHES AND PARKS
GENERAL RULES: (Revised Mar.2017) ***

1) THE SAFETY AND PEACE OF MIND OF ALL OTHER BEACH AND WATER PATRONS COMES FIRST.

2) ALWAYS GIVE RIGHT OF WAY TO EVERYONE ON THE BEACH OR IN THE WATER.

3) KITERS MUST a) BE ABLE TO CONTROL THEIR KITES AT ALL TIMES b) BE ABLE TO SAIL UPWIND IN ALL CONDITIONS c) BE ABLE TO RELAUNCH IN DEEP WATER d) BE ABLE TO BODY DRAG UPWIND e) BE ABLE TO SELF-RESCUE
f) UNDERSTAND HOW AND WHEN TO USE THEIR SAFETY SYSTEMS. BEGINNING KITERS AND/OR THOSE NOT ABLE TO PERFORM ALL OF THE SKILLS LISTED ABOVE MAY NOT KITE FROM SARASOTA COUNTY BEACHES.

4) LEARNING TO FLY KITES ON SARASOTA COUNTY PUBLIC BEACHES IS PROHIBITED UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR AND NO LESSONS MAY TAKE PLACE -EVEN IF AN INSTRUCTOR IS PRESENT - IF SUFFICIENT FREE SPACE DOES NOT EXIST TO DO SO SAFELY (ie. BEACH AND WATER TOO CROWDED)

5) NO LANDKITING (aka LANDBOARDING) OR KITE BUGGYING (aka POWER KITING).

6) DO NOT KITE IN DIRECTLY ON-SHORE WINDS OR IN OFF-SHORE WINDS OF ANY KIND.

7) KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE AWAY FROM ALL OTHERS AT ALL TIMES.

8) SELF-LAUNCHING AND SELF-LANDING IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

9) KITES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO FLY ABOVE THE BEACH OTHER THAN WHEN LAUNCHING AND LANDING. ONCE KITES ARE LAUNCHED, KITERS SHOULD PROCEED QUICKLY AND SAFELY TO THE WATER. UPON EXITING THE WATER, KITES SHOULD BE LANDED SAFELY AND SECURED IMMEDIATELY.

10) KITE LINES MUST BE WOUND AND KITES SECURED WHEN NOT IN USE.


*** RULES FOR BEACHES WITH DEFINED SWIM AREAS - (SIESTA BEACH, LIDO BEACH, VENICE BEACH, MANASOTA BEACH AND NORTH VENICE JETTY PARK). THESE SPECIFIC RULES ARE IN ADDITION TO THOSE SET FORTH ABOVE: ***

1) KITEBOARDERS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE SWIM AREAS. SWIM AREA BOUNDARIES ARE CLEARLY DEFINED BY BUOYS IN THE WATER AND WHITE POST MARKERS SET BACK FROM THE BEACH. TAKE THE TIME TO COMPLETELY ORIENT YOURSELF WITH THE SWIM AREAS AND IF STILL UNSURE AS TO THE BOUNDARIES ASK A LIFEGUARD OR SHERIFF BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY KITEBOARDING RELATED ACTIVITY.

2) LAUNCH, ENTER AND EXIT THE WATER AT LEAST TWO HUNDRED FEET AWAY FROM SWIM AREAS.

3) WHILE RIDING, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU ENTER THE SWIM AREAS. IF YOU LOSE YOUR BOARD, YOU MAY NOT BODY DRAG INTO THE SWIM AREA TO RETRIEVE IT. IF FOR ANY REASON YOUR KITE FALLS IN THE WATER AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO RELAUNCH IT QUICKLY, EVERY EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO STEER THE KITE AWAY FROM THE SWIM AREA.


*** ADDITIONAL RULES DURING PROTECTED BIRD AND TURTLE SEASONS ***

1) MAY THROUGH OCTOBER IS TURTLE NESTING SEASON. DESTROYING A TURTLE NEST IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF $5,000 AND/OR 5 YEARS IN PRISON

2) FEBRUARY THROUGH AUGUST IS PROTECTED BIRD SEASON. NEVER FLY YOUR KITE NEAR OR OVER PROTECTED BIRD AREAS AND ALWAYS STAY AT LEAST TWO HUNDRED FEET AWAY. DISTURBING ANY PROTECTED MIGRATORY BIRD NEST IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF $500 AND/OR 60 DAYS IN JAIL


SARASOTA COUNTY KITEBOARDERS HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH LOCAL AUTHORITES AND CONSULTED WITH OTHER MUNICIPALITES TO ESTABLISH THESE RULES. BE AWARE THAT IN ADDITION TO THOSE PENALTIES SPECIFICALLY LISTED ABOVE, COUNTY ORDINANCES ALLOW FOR A $97.50 FINE FOR EACH VIOLATION OF COUNTY KITEBOARDING REGULATIONS. FURTHERMORE, KITEBOARDERS ARE PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OR INJURIES CAUSED BY THEIR ACTIONS AND/OR EQUIPMENT.

IF YOU ARE VISITING SARASOTA, HAVE FUN BUT PLEASE RESPECT AND COMPLY WITH THE RULES. THEY ARE ESTABLISHED TO PROTECT EVERYONE WHILE MAKING SURE THAT KITEBOARDING IS AN ACTIVITY WE CAN ALL CONTINUE TO ENJOY HERE.
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