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Article – Key Biscayne Magazine

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(MBF)The Monica Burguera Foundation was created in memory of Monica Burguera, a 20-year-old Florida International University student who died in a tragic boating accident during the 2006 Columbus Day Regatta weekend festivities in Miami, Florida. The accident took the lives of Mónica and James Noel Pou and left many others seriously injured. After this fatal accident, Mónica’s family and close friends realized the importance of boat safety education.

Due to the lack of awareness, they started working towards building consciousness of the dangers that exist while boating. Since the boat accident, some of the survivors, together with friends and relatives, have returned to the regatta site, but with a different purpose; to promote safety. Mr. and Mrs. Burguera decided to register the non-profit organization in theirs daughters name, the Mónica Burguera Foundation.

MBF, in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, offers FREE boating safety classes as a public service for the local community. Since September 2010, more than 3,774. students have successfully completed the program and been awarded the USCG Auxiliary Certificate of Accomplishment and a Florida Boating Safety Identification card, which is required to operate a boat for people born on or after January 1, 1988.

The MBF is committed to saving lives and making our waters safer for all by promoting watercraft safety and boater education. Through a combination of community education, outreach and events, MBF works to create boating safety awareness as well as to prevent boating accidents.

We would like to invite you to join us in spreading the word about safer boating. Safer Boating, It starts with you.


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Once a month we offer a free “Florida Safety Boating Course” conducted in partnership with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. After completion of this one day course participants are awarded USCG Auxiliary Certificate and the Florida’s Boater’s ID. 




Cycle Across America


On April 19, 2015 Daniella and Andy Estrella of Key Biscayne, Florida, embarked on the journey of lifetime. The brave brother and sister duo will cycle unassisted from Miami to Seattle over the next two months.

“Our journey will no doubt be full of adventure. We have set up a website WhenTheSunRises.com to document all the good, the bad, and the in-between that happens on our bike tour. We encourage our followers to donate to The Monica Burguera Foundation, a cause very dear to our hearts.” says Andy Estrella

“Many people turn a blind eye when it comes to boating safety. They think the water is safe and nothing will ever happen to them. After Monica’s tragic accident in 2006, MBF was created and now offers free boating safety classes for everyone who registers through their website. This is why we love and support the cause…they are making a difference out on the water!” says Daniella Estrella

All donations they receive will go to the Monica Burguera Boating Safety Foundation.

“Cycling, golfing and boating are some of South Floridians favorite pastimes. Everyone at MBF is very excited for Daniella and Andy and wish them a very safe journey across the U.S.A. They have always been supportive of the Monica Burguera Foundation and continue the Foundation’s goal—to make our local waterways safer through education. Now they will be able to spread the word cross country.” says Mari Novo, Director of Operations for Monica Burguera Foundation.

“We ask everyone to prioritize boating safety when on the water and financially by supporting the Monica Burguera Foundation. Our goal is to make Miami’s waterways safer through the free boater’s safety education classes, which we offer throughout the year” expressed Mari Novo, Director of Operations for Monica Burguera Foundation.”

For more information please call or email us at mm@monicaburguerafoundation.org
Or visit www.mbfBoatingSafety.org  Also visit: www.whenthesunrises.com

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If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the Monica Burguera Foundation, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Miami, FL

3750 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33134

Phone:  305-398-4609

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