Multiple law enforcement agencies head out on water for Fourth of July weekend

Strict restrictions in place for Monday during fireworks display

By Erica Rakow - Reporter

MIAMI - The U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami police and firefighters are standing united this holiday weekend to make sure that everyone has a fun but safe time on the water.

Speed restrictions will be in place in Biscayne Bay Monday night for those who will head out to see the fireworks display from Bayside by boat.

"The Coast Guard has established a regulated navigation area to help prevent high-speed boat collisions. It just makes it a safer boating environment for everybody," Lt. Raymond Heberlig, of Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, said.

From 7 p.m. to midnight Monday, the maximum speed limit in the bay is 15 knots.

If you get pulled over for going faster, you could get a ticket of up to $300.

FWC officers are also still enforcing Operation Dry Water.

Officers will be out performing boating safety checks, making sure that the boats have the proper equipment on board and the captains are sober.

"If we can eliminate these guys out there under the influence, we are definitely going to save a lot more lives," FWC officer Lorenzo Veloz said.

Veloz said the worst accident he's ever had to work was on the Fourth of July in 2014, when four people died in a crash that happened as they were on their way home from watching fireworks.

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