Each year thousands of locals and tourists visit the beautiful beaches and waters of the Emerald Coast. This is one of the reasons the Bay County Sheriff's Office has law enforcement service on the waterways.  Utilizing a 27' Boston Whaler patrol vessel, deputies patrol the heavy boating areas of the county and are prepared to render assistance or enforcement wherever it is needed.  The Gulf of Mexico and Bay County waterways are especially active area's for vacationers, residents, and fishermen alike. With commercial and recreational vessels, the waters of Bay County can be extremely busy at times, we want everyone to have fun, but also remember to be safe and responsible. It is your duty as a boater to know and observe the boating rules and practices to prevent collisions, injuries, and death