Rep. Kathleen Peters pushes for boater safety with legislative proposal

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State Representative Kathleen Peters of South Pasadena filed HB 227 to create Deviny’s Law, named in memory of Deviny Boese who tragically lost her life in a Redington Beach boating accident in July of 2012. Deviny’s Law would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from operating a vessel towing a person without the presence of a legal adult. It would also prohibit anyone from operating a vessel towing a person within 50 yards of a stationary structure, with noted exceptions. 

“Deviny’s tragic death last year was heartbreaking and felt throughout our entire community. What started out simply as teenagers enjoying an afternoon of boating quickly turned into a tragedy. We must ensure that we take every step possible to protect our children from accidents like this. It is my hope that establishing this law will help prevent another tragedy like this from happening in our state,” said Representative Peters. 

Deviny was a part of an elite cheerleading team, the Rock Solid All-stars. Fellow cheerleaders and their families were compelled to make a difference and contacted the representative for assistance and support. “Although, she is sorely missed, her memory will live on in this new law, which will save lives and prevent others from feeling this pain in the future. We cannot think of a better way to make sense of this tragedy!” said Bridgette Mill of Tampa Bay Business Journal

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.