There is a well known South Florida regatta that takes place each year on Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne Bay off Miami, Florida. Many “spectators” do not come so much to watch the race but, to party. In fact, the party that takes place along side the regatta (but is in no way sponsored or affiliated with the regatta) is often described as a “floating Mardi Gras”. Drinking and boating, however, don’t mix; and, there are many accidents including deaths surrounding the partying that co-insides with the regatta in years past. The below explains Florida’s Boating Under the Influence Statute as well as the criminal and civil ramifications of drinking and boating.
Boating under the influence is taken seriously in Florida. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood is considered boating under the influence. That is roughly 3-4 drinks per hour for the average male adult. Penalties for boating under the influence are: