Storms and Hurricanes

Severe storms, particularly along the East and Gulf coasts and Florida, can disrupt and damage marinas, marine industry factories and other facilities. Trade Only follows threatening weather and the damage it causes.

New York mayor unveils storm-protection plan

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed flood walls around much of lower Manhattan, a 15- to 20-foot levee to guard Staten Island and the construction of dunes in vulnerable areas as part of a nearly $20 billion plan that even he called “incredibly ambitious” at its unveiling Tuesday. The mayor said the plan was to…more

New Jersey trade group hands out Sandy relief grants

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey’s Recovery and Relief Fund awarded 20 grants to recreational marine businesses damaged or affected by Hurricane Sandy. The MTA/NJ non-profit was organized to give relief to businesses damaged by the storm, and it continues to accept donations and contributions and seek fundraising opportunities. “There are many marinas and…more

Storm postpones Jersey shark tournament

Tropical Storm Andrea, which is making its way up the East Coast, has caused the postponement of the 33rd Annual South Jersey Shark Tournament by a week. The footprint for what organizers say is the oldest and richest shark tournament in New Jersey will remain the same, commencing with the Captain’s Meeting on June 13…more

VIDEO: Tropical Storm Andrea soaks Florida

The first tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season got a little stronger early Thursday as it headed toward Florida’s western coast, bringing drenching rain to much of the state. A new tropical storm warning also was issued for a swath of the East Coast, according to USA Today. As of 8 a.m. EDT…more

Obama tours Sandy recovery efforts in New Jersey

President Barack Obama joined Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday to assess the beachfront towns on the shores of New Jersey that Hurricane Sandy decimated last October. Obama talked about how much progress has been made on the storm-ravaged coast, but addressed the fact that there is still a lot of work left…more

New York governor urges Sandy victims to apply for grants

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New York fishing businesses hurt by Hurricane Sandy to apply for funding through the state’s recently approved Coastal Fishing Industry Grant Program. The storm caused an estimated $58 million of damage to New York’s recreational fishing sector and $19 million to its commercial fishing sector. Under the program, eligible businesses…more

New Jersey home swept into bay by Sandy is demolished

The Mantoloking home that was swept virtually intact into Barnegat Bay by Hurricane Sandy’s record surge was finally demolished, a move that could help convince New Jersey boaters to get back on the waterways. “These homes, just like the Jet Star roller coaster swept off Casino Pier and sitting in the ocean off Seaside Heights,…more

Sandy report calls for better boats for responders

New York’s lesson from Hurricane Sandy: Get more boats. It might sound counterintuitive, given the massive damage done to boats — BoatUS estimates $650 million — but a report says law enforcement and rescuers in New York need bigger boats with outboard motors to increase maneuverability. The Associated Press reported that 59 recommendations from deputy…more

New Jersey show seeks rebound after Sandy

The Strictly Boaters Boat Show that opens Friday at South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J., is already showing signs of an industry on the rebound after Hurricane Sandy. “The best way to illustrate why I say that maybe the industry’s on the mend is … we had to rethink the show to accommodate all…more

VIDEO: N.J. trade group encourages post-Sandy boating

Parts of New Jersey are still struggling to recover after Hurricane Sandy tore through six months ago and, as a result, some marine businesses continue to take a hit. After scrambling to get things back up and running, boat businesses are facing a new challenge. After hearing about all the debris littering New Jersey waterways,…more

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