TAMPA, Fla. — Crews from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla. and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission worked with local law enforcement agencies to keep waterways safe during the 2016 Gasparilla Parade and Pirate Festival in the Port of Tampa, Saturday.
A large multi-agency effort went into the preparation for the event, which included BUI enforcement training focusing on identifying boaters who may be under the influence of alcohol.
In addition to vessel safety and security of the Gasparilla parade, Coast Guard Auxiliary crews assisted in the manatee watch program for the safety of marine wildlife.
During the invasion parade today, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Capt. Gregory Case, lead a multi-agency team which safely guided the Jose Gaspar into the Port of Tampa.