I began boating in south Florida when I was a young lad in the 1960s. Back then the local sandbar on a summer weekend might draw a few boats, and you might find a few charter fishing vessels and private yachts offshore. There were no PWCs, no kayakers, no kite surfers, and the only diver I remember from the era was Lloyd Bridges in Sea Hunt. Things have changed in the south Florida recreational marine environment, in no small part driven by the area's burgeoning population, which ranks in the top 10 nationwide in terms of coastal community growth over the past 40 years. In 2000 there were, on average, 296.4 Floridians per square mile in the state.