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Florida Leads Nation in Spike in Boating Accidents & Fatalities

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With more than 11,000 miles of rivers, coastlines, and waterways, new U.S. Coast Guard data shows Florida leads the nation in boating accidents and boating deaths, a trend that has been growing in Florida and nationwide since 2013.

U.S. Coast Guard Boatswain's Mate First Class Michael Miller joins the show to discuss the growing rate of recreational boating accidents, the rising fatality rate, and the millions of dollars in associated property damage for such accidents. He'll also discuss safety measures boaters can take in Southwest Florida waters.

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Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
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