TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The minimum age to operate a personal watercraft, such as a Jet Ski, in most state waters would increase from 14 to 16 under a proposal filed by Sen. Jeremy Ring of Margate.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Department Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
The age change would make it unlawful for owners of personal watercraft to allow the machines to be operated by youths younger than 16.
The fine for allowing an underage operator would remain the same, a $50 civil penalty.READ MORE: Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Warns Company Could Take Ships Out Of Florida Over Vaccine Proof Ban
The bill was filed for the 2016 legislative session.
The bill, which filed a little more than three months after two 14-year-old boys from the northern Palm Beach County village of Tequesta vanished at sea after motoring out the Jupiter Inlet in a 19-foot SeaCraft, does not address the age of boat operators.MORE NEWS: Federal Appeals Court Orders New Trial For Former US Rep. Corrine Brown
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.