Lifejacket Loaner Program Launch at Sugden Regional Park


January 24, 2014 - Collier County’s Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County, will launch the “Kids Don’t Float, Lifejackets Do,” lifejacket loaner program at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples, Fla., on Wednesday, February 5, at noon.

Modeled after the “Kids Don’t Float-Give Them Something That Does,” initiative adopted in Alaska in 1997, the program will place loaner lifejackets at five area beaches, including Sugden Park, Clam Pass, Vanderbilt Beach, South Marco Island, and Tigertail Beach. There will be 20 lifejackets per station with four adult sizes, four sizes 10-18 years, five sizes 5-10 years, and seven sized for children five and under. Collier County’s Parks and Recreation Department is constructing stands and signage for the lifejackets. Program donors’ names will be inscribed on the signs.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 93, 95 and 96 will check monthly the condition of the lifejackets. If any lifejackets are missing or in disrepair, they will be replaced.

Partners in the program include the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department, City of Naples Parks and Recreation, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, West Marine, Galati Yacht Sales, and 21st Century Oncology.

The mission of the NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition is to achieve and sustain a zero drowning rate for children in Collier County. This ambitious and cooperative program will provide another layer of protection against drowning, the leading killer of children one-to four-years of age in Collier County.

For more information, contact Paula DiGrigoli at (239) 537-3436.