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Flotilla 43

Lake County, Florida 

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.

  • Flotilla 43 members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety.

  • Flotilla Meetings are held at Mid Florida Lakes in Leesburg on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00. Contact the FSO-HR, Cliff Neve, at 540 809 8549 or for more information.

  • A Brief History of Flotilla 43

  • On 10 September, 1965, an organizational meeting was held at the clubhouse of the Triangle Boating Club, located at US 441 and the Dead River, to form Lake County Flotilla 03 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

  • On 23 April, 1966, Lake County Flotilla 03 was officially chartered at a meeting held at the Lake Shore Acres Restaurant in Eustis. Herb Spell was elected Flotilla Commander and Tom Baxter was elected Vice Flotilla Commander. The Director of Auxiliary for the Seventh Coast
    Guard District, CDR W. J. Donnay, administered the oaths of office.

  • The first Flotilla meetings were held at the Triangle Boating Club’s clubhouse. The new Flotilla flourished, and in 1969 the coveted Mansfield Trophy was awarded to the Flotilla for performing the most Courtesy Marine Examinations in the 7th Coast Guard District.  

  • In July, 1976, the Flotilla secured a lease from the City of Mount Dora for a building at Gilbert Park on Lake Dora. Flotilla meetings and boating classes were held at that location until the 1980s, when the Flotilla moved to its present location at Mid Florida Lakes. As time passed, the Flotilla grew and became involved in more programs. Among these, Member Training and Public Education programs were implemented to foster wider knowledge and compliance with boating laws and regulations. 

  • In 1986, the Flotilla became active in the surface operations program and began performing safety and security patrols for local events. Today, Flotilla 43 continues to promote recreational boating safety by teaching safe boating classes, performing vessel safety checks, and conducting safety patrols on our local lakes and rivers.