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Boat explosion causes injuries at yacht club

Five people were treated for injuries Monday after a boat exploded at the Port Orchard Yacht Club in Washington. A 55-year-old Seattle man had hired workers to help him lift the boat, which had sunk Sunday, Port Orchard police officer Jerry Jensen told the Kitsap Sun newspaper. When the boat owner plugged in a cord…more

Bill would raise boater fees in Maryland

Maryland boat owners could pay higher registration fees for the first time in nearly three decades, thanks to a bill filed last week that would replace the flat $24 boat registration fee paid every two years with fees ranging from $50 to $700, depending on the size of the boat. The increases would be phased…more

Kansas considers amendment to cut boat tax

A Kansas state Senate committee recently passed a resolution to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would allow changes to the state’s property tax on boats. It is a reform long sought by boating enthusiasts, who say Kansas watercraft taxes far outstrip those of neighboring states, the Topeka Capital-Journal newspaper reported. The Assessment…more

Great Lakes cleanup stays in federal budget bill

The 2012 federal budget bill provides $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to clean up clean up toxic pollution, restore wildlife habitat, stop invasive species and reduce polluted runoff from farms and cities, according to the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition. The budget also includes $1.47 billion to help communities across the…more

Georgia marina lease up for grabs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District announced that the lease for Little River Marina and Family Resort in Appling, Ga., on J. Strom Thurmond Lake will expire at midnight Dec. 27. All marina operations and facilities will close at that time. The marina lease will be advertised by competitive means in an effort…more

Cleveland unveils $1 billion waterfront plan

Cleveland officials Monday announced a new development plan that could transform the lakefront area, with the potential for 1.5 million square feet of commercial projects. The plan details more than $1 billion of investment in Cleveland, with opportunities for significant public-private partnerships, according to Mayor Frank Jackson. Jackson said the plan calls for 1.5 million…more

Powerboat racers injured in Key West race

Two offshore powerboat racers from New Jersey were injured Sunday on the final day of competition at the Key West World Championship, where three participants died during the event. Owner/driver Robert Vesper and throttleman Danny Crank were taken Sunday to Lower Keys Medical Center after their 38-foot Warpaint slammed into a wave during the last…more

National Safe Boating Council revamps its website

The National Safe Boating Council launched a redesign of the organization’s website. The new design concept was updated to reflect growing trends in the digital world. It’s now equipped with easier navigation and a daily newsfeed, so visitors to the site will experience a better way to learn more about what the council is doing…more

Crash kills powerboat racers at Key West event

Two racers were killed when their boat barrel-rolled and landed upside down in Wednesday’s opener of the Key West Super Boat World Championships. Big Thunder Marine owner/throttleman Bob Morgan of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and driver Jeffrey Tillman of Kaiser, Mo., were pronounced dead at Lower Keys Medical Center. Morgan was the owner of the Big…more

Grants will help remove debris from Long Island Sound

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded two grants to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to identify and remove more than 260,000 pounds of marine debris from Long Island Sound. The awards, totaling $254,282, will employ as many as 45 local lobstermen to identify and remove derelict fishing gear, reclaiming more than…more

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