Kiteboarders Scaring Miami Beachgoers – Looking towards the City Council for Winds of Change
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Miami Beach: As if rip currents, stingrays and jellyfish weren’t enough for swimmers and beachgoers in Miami to worry about, kiteboarders are adding addition concern to sunbathers and folks out for a coastline stroll. Today, swimmers, sunbathers, and pedestrians face an array of dangers that make being in or out of the water a target for personal injury. Speed boats, jet skis, surfers, and now kiteboarders, are placing bathers at risk of being hurt and even killed due to negligent water sports enthusiasts. Kiteboarding has become the most recent water sport to take hold of Miami Beach, with local residents and swimmers raising a ruckus because of the harmful threat that negligent kiteboarders are causing to beachgoers. Despite a failed attempt to put a ban on the sport in certain areas of Miami, the city council will debate this Wednesday a new set of rules to regulate kiteboarding and safeguard the well-being of beachgoers and swimmers in Miami. City commissioners will determine whether or not to prohibit kiteboarders from taking to the waves along certain parts of the Miami coastline. The new regulations will compel kiteboarders to apply for a permit that bears a Level 3 certification, which is granted by the IKQ (International Kiteboarding Organization). In order to qualify for level 3 status, kiteboarders would have to take eight hours of kiteboarding lessons under experienced kiteboarders and experts.