PORT ST. LUCIE — George Tracy had his own plumbing business in Vero Beach, and, after retiring, he “just wanted to ski,” his daughter said.
A fan of slalom skiing, Tracy, 69, spent a lifetime water skiing, with his favorite spot being a small lake just east of Interstate 95 near Southwest Alminar Street.
Tracy died there June 20 after he fell and his head got caught in the tow rope’s handle, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Tracy’s daughter, Candee Zicari, 50, of Vero Beach, said her father was a second generation plumber and graduated Vero Beach High School.
“He just was like a big kid,” Zicari said. “He skied almost every weekend.”
The incident, which was not publicly disclosed at the time by local or state officials, happened about 12:15 p.m. as Tracy was towed behind a 19-foot Ski Nautique boat driven by a 64-year-old Port St. Lucie woman.
The driver told Port St. Lucie police they’d been skiing since 10:30 a.m. and were on their last lap, a report states. She said she was driving 32 mph.
Zicari said her father developed a passion for skiing as a teen after surfing, and also skied in Indian River County. He enjoyed line dancing and going to a winery in Fort Pierce. He also had an RV and liked to travel.
Zicari said she visited…