Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local law enforcement partner for Gasparilla safety

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to keep waterways safe during the 2014 Gasparilla Parade and Pirate Festival in the Port of Tampa, Saturday.

Officers provided educational information, conducted boating safety inspections and kept a look out for boaters operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg crew members and their friends and family cheer as the 2014 Gasparilla Parade and Pirate Festival passes by Sector St. Petersburg's Prevention Department, at Davis Islands, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to keep waterways safe during the event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by  Seaman Meredith Manning)

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg crew members and their friends and family cheer as the 2014 Gasparilla Parade and Pirate Festival passes by Sector St. Petersburg’s Prevention Department, at Davis Islands, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith Manning)

Promoting and enforcing boating safety is a core role and mission for both the Coast Guard and the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement.

Members of the public were invited to watch the event from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg’s Prevention Department at Davis Island.

Click the photo for more from the event.

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