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Parasailing Regulations Push

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing to regulate one of Ocean City's biggest summer activities, parasailing.

Currently no federal regulations are in place. Many businesses in Ocean City feel that they have done a good job regulating themselves.

Jonathan Bailey, an employee at OC Parasail on 54th street, said he feels it was inevitable because everything on the water is regulated these days.

Kevin Smith, owner of OC Parasail, says that they already go above and beyond by doing daily equipment checks and they don't take any chances.

"Operators just need to use common sense and take caution, and be more conservative in conditions in which they fly," Smith said.

The company says they don't necessarily have a problem with added safety measures.

Bailey said, "If it's a necessary step and it's going to make it safer, and makes people here that are flying feel better that we have another government entity checking on us, why not?"

They are worried that the regulations might be costly for them and their customers. Insurance for parasailing is already astronomical.

"If insurance continues to go up, it's going to drive people out of the business," Smith said.

As of now the regulations are only being discussed. It could be years before they are put in to place.
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