|FYI — July 2003|
|By Brad Dunn|
A Word With... Capt.
delivered more than 170 vessels. Is this the ideal job for an avid boater?
Q: How often
do you encounter trouble with a boat during a delivery?
Q: Do you find
enough time to do your own cruising?
Q: Do you ever
think about settling down and re-entering the land-based workforce?
That’s how the Florida State Senate saw it in April when it passed a bill giving a portion of the tax on gas sold at marinas to marine police officers.
The move had a twofold impact. It bolstered funds for marine police, whose budget has stayed the same over the last decade despite the state’s boating population having increased by almost one-third. The bill also prevented money from being taken from manatee research and management projects—an idea that was originally proposed on the senate floor.
With the expected additional boost of $2.5 million, the state will be able to employ ten new marine police officers this year.
On April 20, 2002, Rescott was pulled over by federal wildlife officers. He explained that he had received a call about “a sinker in the river” and showed them his SeaTow license and a variance that permits him to exceed speed limits in emergencies so the officers accompanied him to the scene, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Turns out a 20-footer had slid off a boat lift at Newfound Harbor and slowly sunk. Rescott was issued a citation. According to the newspaper, during his day in court, Rescott insisted that he believed lives could have been at stake—though the officers claimed he knew otherwise.
In the end the courts agreed that there was no emergency that warranted a breach of the manatee speed zones and that Rescott had unlawfully refused to pay his fine.
At presstime Rescott had yet to be sentenced. He faces an additional $25,000 fine and prison time.
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This article originally appeared in the June 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.