b'COAST GUARD REPORT:Coast Guard Busts Eight Illegal Charters COAST GUARD During Presidents Day WeekendL ast month, the U.S. Coast Guard halted eight illegal charters in South Florida over the long Presidents Day holiday weekend. Coast Guard Stations Miami Beach and St. Petersburg law enforcement crews boarded multiple vessels and discovered the owners and operators of the vessels were operating as illegal charters. Two of the operators violated Captain of the Port orders, which is a federal off ense.CoastGuardStationMiamiBeachandCoastGuardInvestigative Services (CGIS) personnel stopped one federal off ender, the operator of the motor yacht, Sweet Melissa III, near Miami Beach. The other Captain of the Port violation took place in St. Petersburg. Followingthecrackdown,CoastGuardofficialsmadepublic announcements warning of the consequences that could come to an unsuspecting customer looking for a day on the water aboard a boat. The intent was to inform the public that they should not engage a vessel operator that is not lawfully able to take passengers for hire aboard their vessel.The messages made it clear that consumers should determine legitimacy before paying for and taking a voyage. The Coast Guard continues to halt illegal charters Theres no guarantee that youll get your money back after your voyageoperating in U.S. waters. is terminated, Jesus Porrata, chief of the CGIS division, Coast Guard Sector Miami, said in a public announcement on Facebook. Thethe red Coast Guard booklet, it is strongly recommended that money not Coast Guard, along with state and local law enforcement agencies, willbe exchanged. continue to actively pursue and enforce all applicable laws to ensure your time on the water is safe and enjoyable. Days later, on February 16 at the PVA Virtual Convention at MariTrends 2021, Admiral Karl Shultz emphasized the Coast Guards commitment Furthermore, the Coast Guard encouraged those seeking to charter ato continue to halt illegal charters and press charges when possible. PVA vessel to ask for the captains credentials. If an operator cannot producecommends this response. ADVERTISERS INDEXAll American Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Furuno USA, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Motor-Service Hugo Stamp . . . . . . . . . . . .41Arcadia Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding . . . . . . . . .17 MTU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47BAE Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 GPLINK LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Propspeed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Bay Ship and Yacht . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Hamilton Jet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Rigidized Metals Corporation . . . . . . . . 33Beurteaux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Humphree USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Rocket Rez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27Blount Boats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 IMTRA Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 RW Fernstrum Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36BMT Designers & Planners, Inc, . . . . . . . 13 Jamestown Metal Marine Sales . . . . . . . . . 39 Scania USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Brix Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 John Deere Power Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Starboard Suite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31Burger Boat Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kongsberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Thrive Payments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Carus Ferry Ab Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Marine Jet Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Torqeedo, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28Caterpillar Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 MCM/Assured Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Twin Disc, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Cummins Sales & Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Metal Shark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 UES Seating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Dejong and Lebet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 MOPS Marine License Insurance . . . . . . 34 Volvo Penta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5WheelHouse Technologies, Inc. . . . . . . . . 40COAST GUARD REPORT 46 FOGHORN'