Coast Guard Auxiliary Make Boating Safety Easy with FREE Vessel Safety Checks at Moss Marina on Saturday May 18th

Ensuring that you operate your boat safely isn’t just about compliance—it’s about protecting yourself, your passengers, and your investment. Getting a safety check on your boat provides invaluable peace of mind, knowing that your vessel meets the highest standards for safety and regulatory compliance. By undergoing a thorough safety check, you’ll identify any potential issues or hazards that could compromise your safety on the water, allowing you to address them proactively. Whether it’s verifying the integrity of your safety equipment, assessing your navigation lights, or confirming the general condition of your vessel, a safety check is a crucial step in safeguarding against accidents and ensuring smooth sailing ahead. Don’t leave safety to chance—take control of your boating experience and schedule a safety check for your boat today. Your peace of mind and the well-being of everyone on board are worth it.

The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Team will be at Moss Marina, 450 Harbor Ct., Fort Myers Beach on Saturday, May 18th from 9 am until noon. Local area boaters find this free service to be beneficial as it could prevent boat owners from being fined by local law enforcement while operating their boats on the water without the proper equipment. “We welcome the opportunity to inform boat owners on safe boating practices while checking their boat for potential problems,” stated Robert Guenthner, the Flotilla Commander of the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla. He went on to say, “The Auxiliary does not issue citations for violations, but rather provide recommendations and insight on how to stay out of trouble.  Boats that comply receive an annual VSC Decal which demonstrates their commitment to safe boating.”

Moss Marina is pleased to host this important event as part of National Safe Boating Week. National Safe Boating Week runs from May 18th to May 24th. This is an important annual campaign that aims to raise awareness about safe boating practices and the importance of wearing life jackets while boating.

Gary Foco, the General Manager of Moss Marina stated “Moss Marina is an incredible property located in the heart of downtown Fort Myers Beach. It’s designed for the avid boater who enjoys all things Southwest Florida. Moss Marina is surrounded by the rich history of Estero Island and some of the world’s best waterways, perfect for world-class fishing, sailing and cruising.” He continued, “Our Moss team is committed to providing state of the art amenities to enhance your boating experience, including dock space for vessels up to 180 feet and an on-site restaurant. We are focused on boating safely and helping you make lifelong memories.” Boaters can learn more about Moss Marina at

Boaters may visit Moss Marina at 26°27’23.”N, 81°57’20.”W in Matanzas Pass or request a free vessel safety check, online at or by calling 239-690-6780.  

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed auxiliary service of the United States Coast Guard created by Congress in 1939.  It is comprised of 26,000 members who volunteer their time to support the operation of the Coast Guard, promote and improve recreational boating safety, and provide trained crews and facilities to enhance the safety and security of US ports, waterways, and coastal regions. It is the civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas.  For more information, please visit

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