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Industry leaders savor Florida victory

Working on a shoestring budget, the marine community showed voters the valueof working waterfronts, and they responded by passing Amendment 6 Despite unremitting bad news about the economy, Florida’s marine industry found reason to celebrate after the Nov. 4 elections, as Floridians voted to adopt an amendment to the state constitution to help preserve working…more

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Boat businesses or condominiums? Vote will shape Florida waterfront

Industry views Nov. 4 tax relief referendum as crucial to determining whether lucrative development will stamp out traditional marine uses Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on a constitutional amendment supporters hope will help preserve working waterfront — public marinas, boatyards, dry stacks, launch ramps, boatbuilding, commercial fishing and other marine-related facilities — by giving these…more

At 90, marina founder has seen it all

Robert Cox used to keep a loaded Colt .45 caliber revolver and a thick piece of fiberglass in his desk at Lauderdale Marina, which he established 60 years ago in Fort Lauderdale. When a client challenged whether this newfangled hull material could stand up to a Gulf Stream crossing, he’d take out that piece of…more

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Maintain an even keel

The message from Lauderdale Marina in Fort Lauderdale is to build up discipline, cash during slow periods “This, too, shall pass,” says John Clark, referring to the current slump in the boating industry. “It will pass.”Clark, 70, ought to know. He’s president of the 70-slip Lauderdale Marina, celebrating its 60th year in business in Fort…more

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A parade of hurricanes, but marine losses few

Mid-season assessment shows businesses had some scares, but most came through OK A phalanx of late-summer hurricanes fired fast and furious across the Atlantic, slamming Haiti, Cuba and the Turks and Caicos, and putting much of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts in harm’s way. When the storms abated, however, boats, marinas and boatyards in…more

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