Captain Neil Newton first started working for Paradise Parasail when he was 18 years old. About four years ago, he became the owner of the Fort Myers Beach– based company, which also has a summertime outpost at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. “I’m passionate about this industry,” he says. “It’s something I plan on doing for many years to come.”
That love of parasailing led Newton to get involved with efforts to increase safety standards for the activity at both the state and national levels. He worked with entities like the U.S. Coast Guard and Water Sports Industry Association to help develop national standards, which were then used by the state of Florida to craft a new law governing commercial parasailing that went into effect last October.
“I wanted to be able to have a say and make sure we did everything we could to make this industry safe,” he says. “We as an industry had that ability to be heard, and it’s pretty cool to be able to have our input in the law. It was a group effort to get to where we’re at today.” 239-463-7272, paradiseparasail.com