Captain Milton (Mickey) Brelsford is a lifelong resident of South Florida.During the past 12 years,
Captain Mickey has fished the South West Florida coast inshore waters, including; Pine Island Sound,
Sanibel and Captiva Islands, and Boca Grande Pass, and offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico from Saint
James City, Florida located on the southern tip of Pine Island.Captain Mickey has over 45 years experience,
fishing, diving, and boating on the waters of South Florida including Biscayne, Florida, and White Water Bays,
the Gulf Stream, Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and the Florida Keys. Captain Mickey was previously a
certified International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Captain and a permitted National Park Guide.
In April 2004, Captain Mickey concluded a 30 year law enforcement career with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
During his tenure his assignments included; road patrol as an Officer, Field Training Officer, Corporal, Sergeant and
Lieutenant; Detective in the Missing Persons and Economic Crime Units; Detective Sergeant in the Agriculture and
General Investigations Units; and Lieutenant Commander of the General Investigations Units for the Doral and
Cutler Ridge Districts where he supervised investigations being conducted by 50 detectives and detective sergeants.
Captain Mickey also served as a Platoon Commander and as the Administrative Lieutenant in the Doral District.
In this capacity he was designated as the Department’s Hurricane Planning coordinator to standardize
planning for eight police districts. In 1997 a career long dream was realized when Captain Mickey was
appointed to Command the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Marine Patrol Unit, where he was responsible for
setting marine enforcement policy, interacting with other agencies, budget and fleet management, and deployment
of marine patrol officers and divers. Captain Mickey was cross designated as a United States Customs and Immigration
officer to cover Federal marine jurisdiction and is a certified police diver, who is familiar with the protocols
of this science.¬†His operations area consisted of a 60 mile coastline up to 12 miles off shore, local waterways,
several major ocean inlets, and cities of Miami, Miami Beach and Key Biscayne, ports of the Miami River and Miami,
and Biscayne National Park.The operations area is one of the busiest in the nation and presented major challenges,
including; the planning and implementation of marine deployment for the Free Trade Area of the Americas Summit in
November of 2003; the annual Columbus Day Regatta, a three day gathering of over 1500 vessels to celebrate a sail
boat race with a 50 year tradition; recovery of deceased divers from artificial reefs; cruise ship fires and explosions;
plane crashes; hi-jacked vessels;†and the response to the never ending flow of desperate persons traveling to US
shores on less than seaworthy vessels. Upon the September 11 attacks, Captain Mickey worked together with the United
States Coast Guard (USCG) and numerous marine law enforcement agencies to develop port security procedures and responses
for the Ports of Miami and the Miami River.
During his tenure, Captain Mickey was recognized by his own department as well as received numerous commendations
from local, state, and federal marine law enforcement agencies including: the USCG by Public Service Commendation from
Rear Admiral H. E. Johnson Jr.; presentation of the 7th
District and Group Miami Commanders coins; and the Hall of Justice Award from Station Miami; the US Fish and Wildlife
Service, the Florida Fish and Wild Life Conservation Commission; the National Park Service; and the National
Association of Counties for “Operation Cruise Safe.”
Upon Captain Mickey’s retirement, Tailer Jailer Charters and Marine Consulting was born as Captain
Mickey continued to pursue a life long passion of fishing and boating. Captain Mickey is highly experienced both
off and inshore and is very flexible to helping you plan a great outing, be it fishing, cruising, sightseeing,
or instruction in area familiarization on your vessel. Captain Mickey has operated and maintained all makes and
types of vessels up to 55 feet long, including; inboard gas and diesel, inboard out board, outboard, triple and
quad outboard and jet drive. Captain Mickey served as a private captain for one and a half years aboard a 47
Intrepid Sport Motor Yacht, equipped with quad 300 horse power outboards, running same on the Eastern Seaboard
from Key Largo Florida to Montauk New York.This assignment included management and maintenance of the client’s
smaller vessels and extensive waterfront infrastructure to support same. During this assignment Captain Brelsford
was exposed to the management and details of the extensive refit of the client’s 130 foot motor yacht.
Captain Mickey is a Florida licensed private investigator, who is highly experienced and specializes in all
facets of marine casualty investigation including; vessel theft, fires, sinkings, accidents with death and
serious injury, and dock and boat yard incidents.
Due to numerous inquiries for professional review and opinions regarding a variety of marine related topics,
consulting services were included in the business. Captain Mickey has provided camera boat services for fishing
show production, consulted on vessel design for government and recreational vessels; has represented various
vessel manufacturers at boat shows for sales of both recreational and government products, has consulted with
marine engine manufacturers regarding government sales, has attended both boat and marine manufacturing shows
on behalf of clients in search of new ideas and products, has served as a local vessel manager and contact
representative for out of town companies, has professionally tied down vessels stored in the water for hurricane
impact at the dock, has reviewed criminal and civil marine court cases rendering opinions for the legal profession,
has reviewed boating accidents with and without fatalities for professional opinions to be used in court and has
provided opinions and insights regarding a diversity of marine topics.
Captain Mickey is a highly respected, experienced, and professional member of the marine community, who by his
wide exposure to a variety of marine related topics is able to offer unique services and insights to the angler,
the boating public, the marine industry, marine law enforcement, and the legal and insurance professions.