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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fishing community raises funds for boating safety

On Saturday, August 8, the Monica Burguera Foundation held their 6th Annual Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety Tournament benefiting boating safety awareness and education in Miami-Dade County.

Participants started tournament early with a blessing from Father Eric of Mercy Hospital (shown above). Later in the day guests arrived and were greeted by foundation staff members and volunteers at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club. The Monica Burguera Foundation tournament had over 25 boats participating and over 100 family and supporters joined for the day festivities to raise funds for a great local cause that works hard to educate our community of water-lovers on how to stay safe while navigating our beautiful waterways.


Junior Angler Winner Gaby Echegaray and Spearfishing Ladies Winner Nina Ferrera show off their catch. The foundation currently offers free monthly boating safety classes in partnership with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 67 and 69.  Classes are in English and Spanish and held in the foundations office located in 3750 West Flagler Street.  Graduates who complete the program and exam are awarded USCG Auxiliary Certificate of Accomplishment and the Florida Boater’s ID. The ID is required to operate a vessel for persons born after or on January 1, 1988.


Mare Norstrum 1st Place Angler Team Winner

Diablos FC Team Second Place Angler Team Winners


Team Bull Ship 3rd Place Angler Team Winner

“Events like our Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety help support and fund the free monthly boating safety classes that are held in partnership with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 67 and 69. We appreciate all the support from the fishing & spearfishing community, sponsors,  participants and Key Biscayne residents. Boating Safety always wins. We will continue the Monica Burguera Foundation’s mission – to make our local waterways safer through education. Boating Safety Education is key,” says Mari Novo, Director of Operations for the Monica Burguera Foundation.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen Morris said...

Looks like a great program and public service.. I think everyone boating on the water should do this... I took the coast guard auxiliary class at the sailing club like 10 years ago and it was even my second time i taken a class because the first one I was a kid.. Events like this should promoted and supported. Looks like fun in the sun for the kids regardless.

August 13, 2015 3:21 PM  

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