Boating & Water Safety Day set for March 10



Melbourne Beach’s Volunteer Fire Department will team with the local Brevard-area Coast Guard Auxiliary to launch the town’s inaugural Recreational Boating & Water Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the municipal complex located at 507 Ocean Avenue.

“We believe having this event early in the boating season may lead to fewer incidents in the waters that surround our town,’’ said Fire Chief Dave Micka, who leads the department’s Marine Rescue Unit.

Town Manager Bob Daniels agrees.

“We are a boating, fishing and surfing community,’’ Daniels said. “People live here because they want to be both near to, and on or in, the water.  Our city government wants to do everything possible to increase boater’s knowledge and safety so everyone can better use our magnificent beaches, ocean and Indian River.”

Micka estimates that the department performs about 50 Marine Rescue Unit calls in a typical year.

MBVFD’s leadership recently reached out to the Coast Guard Auxiliary to bolster a working relationship.

“I’m impressed by the outstanding quality of the equipment, and the professionalism of the MBVFD Marine Rescue Unit,’’ said Jack Miller, the auxiliary liaison to Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral.