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Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

Dredging set to start in North Carolina

Mariners could encounter delays as Army Corps of Engineers dredging operations are scheduled to begin at the North Carolina State Port Docks, the Radio Island Barge Docks and the Aviation Fuel Docks in Morehead City from about July 10 through Oct. 31. The dredging operations are being conducted to restore the harbor to a projected…more

Agencies join to improve urban waterways

A new federal partnership aims to stimulate regional and local economies, create local jobs, improve the quality of life and protect Americans’ health by revitalizing urban waterways in underserved communities across the country. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a federal union composed of 11 agencies, will focus its initial efforts on seven pilot locations: the…more

South Carolina county considers yacht tax break

Officials in Charleston County, S.C., are looking into lowering the 10.5 percent tax rate for yachts to 6 percent. Boats registered out of state are taxable if they are in the county for 180 days. It’s a difficult law to enforce, however, because on the 179th day a vessel can put to sea for a…more

Event sets new life-jacket-wearing mark

Boaters set another world record for inflatable life-jacket wear during the second annual “Ready, Set, Inflate!” event held on May 21, organizers said. More than 99 events were held around the world and 1,685 people took part in setting a new world record for the number of participants who inflated their inflatable life jacket or…more

Boaters gear up for Memorial Day weekend

Boating business owners around the country are hoping Memorial Day weekend — the traditional start of boating season — will be the beginning of a profitable summer. In central Illinois, marinas along the Illinois River are readying for a busy weekend. “We’ve seen a tremendous number of boats going in the water the last two…more

Cleveland set to host waterfront festival

The annual North Coast Harbor Boating & Fishing Fest is set for June 11-12 in Voinovich Park in downtown Cleveland. The event will offer free powerboat rides from local boaters and dealers and sailboat rides and fishing trips for visitors of all ages. Admission will be free, and those who attend will have the opportunity…more

Kenny Chesney song is an ode to boating

Country music star Kenny Chesney likes boating so much, he wrote a song about it. “Boats” from his “Lucky Old Sun” album includes the lines “vessels of freedom/harbors of healing,” which describes how he feels when he’s riding the waves, according to AOL’s The Boot country music website. “That line came from a gentleman and…more

Learn to Sail offers spring deal on CD-ROM

LearnToSail.ws is offering a spring wholesale package of its “Learn to Sail! with Multimedia” Vol. I and II CD-ROM at a special buy one, get one free deal until May 20. The campaign is geared toward marine retailers and sailing schools to provide a way to continue to make a profit in a challenging economy.…more

Texas weighs capping sales tax on yachts

Time is running out for a bill that would cap the sales tax on yachts purchased in Texas. Thursday is the deadline for bills to be heard on the House floor, and no date for HB 2187 has been set, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported. Rep. John Davis sponsored the bill, which would impose an…more

Florida trade group summit discusses marine industry

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast recently hosted marine leaders from around Florida for discussions on how to make the industry stronger. The associations, according to the group, are concerned about the economy and state and federal regulations they say make recreational boating difficult. They also discussed the development of a marine center…more

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