MIAMI, Florida -- The U.S. Coast Guard is urging boaters across the state to use caution as they enjoy Labor Day weekend.
Coast Guard law enforcement crews will patrol the waterways over the long holiday weekend, conducting safety checks and watching for boaters who are intoxicated.
Officials also warn boaters to monitor weather broadcasts. The National Weather Service broadcasts marine weather forecasts regularly. The forecasts can be heard on Channels 1 through 5 on a VHF marine radio, or by checking the weather service's website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov.