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Both Girls Hurt In Parasailing Crash Back In Indiana; What Their Story Could Mean For Fla


The two girls involved in a recent Panhandle parasailing crash are now back home in Indiana. But, their story may foster more discussion in Florida. The incident is spurring a couple of Florida lawmakers to renew their push to regulate the parasailing industry.

Legislation aimed at regulating parasailing in Florida is set to be filed for next year’s 2014 Legislative Session. It’ll be the fourth consecutive year such a bill is written. But, Deerfield Beach Democratic Representative Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed says she believes this time her measure has a better chance.

“Based on what happened with the two young ladies in Panama City just prompted me to say more tat I need to refile this bill. I’m just hoping the representatives that represent areas that have parasailing that they come together and support the bill put forth by Senator Sachs and myself. This is not an R or D legislation," said Reed.

Clarke-Reed and Democratic Senator Maria Sachs had filed the bill last year due to similar parasailing tragedies in their South Florida districts. Years before, then-Republican Senator Dennis Jones filed similar legislation. Clarke-Reed’s new bill regulates parasailing safety, particularly equipment inspections. The two girls involved in the parasailing incident were seriously injured when their rope snapped, causing them to hit a condominium, a power line and a parked car.

Stay Tuned for more on this story on Friday's Capital Report.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.