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Do I have to drive my boat counter clockwise on a lake?

No, Florida does not have any written law dictating that boaters must drive in a counter clockwise direction. It is however considered an "unwritten" law that boaters etiquette is to drive in a counter clockwise fashion. If you are an avid wakeboarder or skier, you know that the general rule of thumb is to drive the boat in a straight line, turn around 180 degrees at the end of each pass, and run the same straight line again. This prevents the wakeboarder or skier from encountering the ripples from the wake that the boat makes. Running in a counter clockwise fashion on a smaller sized lake will quickly destroy the water (make it very choppy) for the person wakeboarding or skiing. It is advised and generally understood if you are merely taking a joy ride and cruising the shoreline of a lake that you do so in a counter clockwise direction. Don't be concerned with the boats that are pulling skiers in a straight pass fashion. They are merely seeking to keep the water as calm as possible AND as...

Living with Florida Alligators – What Are The Dangers?

I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on alligators and their behavior patterns. That's why I've included a list of related links below for you to refer to. Alligators are beautiful creatures and they are one of Florida's greatest attractions. If you spend a little time educating yourself on alligators, I think you'll find that humans and alligators can happily co-exist together. I've participated in just about every water sport one could possibly imagine since I was a just toddler. In my 30 some years of experience in sharing the fresh waters with alligators, not once have I had a close call or been threatened by an alligator. Although alligators are predators to most animals in the wild, humans are the ultimate predator. Alligators have a natural fear of humans (and for good reason). Out of ignorance, often times lakefront residents will take matters into their own hands and kill alligators that they perceive to be a threat to their family or pet. And in most cases, the alligator has not shown any aggression towards the human or...