Water and beach activities are popular pastimes for Madeira Beach.
As traffic increases, safety requires vigilance to prevent mishaps and even serious accidents. Careless navigation causes damage to property from excessive wakes.
Some of the following are laws; others are suggestions.
Boating the Safe Way
Observe the posted “Idle Speed, No Wake” and “Slow Down, Minimum Wake” signs.
Do not operate your watercraft at more that 4 nautical miles per hour within 100 feet of people swimming or within 200 feet of beaches frequented by swimmers.
Do not water-ski or operate a boat towing skiers within 300 feet of the beaches.
Do not anchor your vessel within 50 feet of a private dock or seawall except in the case of an emergency.
If you see a boating accident or someone in the water who needs assistance, call the Coast Guard Marine Rescue in St. Petersburg at (727) 896-6187.
The Florida Boat Safety site has boating regulations and more safety tips. It also provides an online safety course. Visit its home page for more information.
Safety at the Beach
There are no lifeguards on duty at our beaches.
Heed the sign on South Beach near John’s Pass Bridge concerning the undertow.
Usually during the summer months, stingrays come close to shore. Shuffle your feet when wading in shallow water to avoid stepping on one and getting a painful sting. If you get stung, seek medical attention right away.
Keep our beaches safe and litter free by using the beach trash cans.
Do not let a sunburn happen to you:
- Do most of your sunbathing before 10:00 a.m. and after 2:00 p.m.
- Use a beach umbrella.
- Wear a hat and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15+.