As part of Safe Boating Week, the Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron is sponsoring Wear It! at the Rose Marina on Saturday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. in an attempt to set a new world record for most life jackets worn at one time.

Boaters from throughout Southwest Florida are invited to attend and are asked to bring their floatation devices to help break the record.

Participants need to arrive between 9-9:30 a.m. to register so the numbers can be recorded. Tickets for door prizes will be given out upon the completion of the registration process.

Rose Marina is one site among hundreds that will be participating all over the world in the record-setting attempt. The present record is 7,000.

Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Sacher presented the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron with a proclamation declaring the week of May 16-22 National Safe Boating Week to coincide with a national campaign promoting safe boating.

That proclamation was presented to Peggy Reiss, commander of the local squadron, in addition to Carl Theime and Ted Reiss, both past commanders.

"The MISPS has always been heavily involved with teaching safe boating classes for as long as I can remember," said Peggy Reiss.

Education has been a major thrust of the squadron since its inception.

"On Marco Island we can all be very thankful to have such a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who help provide an environment for a safe and enjoyable past-time on the waters," said Sacher.

Sacher and his wife, Judy, both share a love of the water and can often be found aboard their own vessel on and around Marco or in ports throughout the Keys and beyond.

"National statistics show that 84 percent of the boating fatalities involve people not wearing appropriate floatation devices," said Gene Burson of the Marco squadron.

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