Updated:
Original:

Fort Lauderdale mayor: Commit to boating industry

Fort Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle, in his final state-of-the-city address Wednesday evening, told commissioners that city government should remain friendly to the marine industry because boating is a big part of South Florida living and is the region’s largest  industry, with a $13 billion impact.

Naugle, a six-term mayor who retires from office March 17 because of term limits, received his first government appointment — to Fort Lauderdale’s Marine Advisory Board — 24 years ago. He since has been a strong industry advocate.

As boating businesses struggle through the recession, Naugle recommended measures to help keep the industry healthy when the economy turns around:

• Strengthen waterfront zoning that promotes marine use.
• Work for reasonable regulation and easy permitting.
• Dredge — “Maintain our wet streets,” he said.
• Maintain the navigability of rivers and waterways by building drawbridges and high-rise bridges that don’t restrict commerce on the river.
• Support sales-tax exemptions for foreign and out-of-state vessels so they can visit Florida up to 180 days without being subject to the state’s 6 percent sales and use tax on boats and other big-ticket items.
• As the Bahia Mar Yachting Center is redeveloped, make sure it can continue to host the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for years to come.

Naugle delivered the state-of-the-city address at the Lauderdale Marine Center, one of the nation’s largest boatyards on 50 acres on the New River. LMC has 3,300 feet of parallel dockage on the New River, with 125 floating slips, 29 megayacht docks, 19 covered sheds and dozens of tenants and contractors who work on boats at the yard.

“This facility is very important to our city,” Naugle said. “It represents how important this industry is to us.”

— Jim Flannery

Related

Suntex Acquires Tampa Area Marina

The Marinas at Little Harbor, with slips and drystack storage, is in a resort community that’s being developed in Ruskin, Fla.

Littelfuse to Acquire Carling Technologies

The $315 million transaction is expected to close in the fourth fiscal quarter.

Boat Sales and Fraud

Boat History Report has tracked a 123 percent increase in fraud on the preowned-boat market since the pandemic buying spree began.

Avoid Cutoff Confusion

Dealers should familiarize themselves with a new law requiring engine cutoff switches so they can inform their customers. Meanwhile, a new program puts Ohio youth in kayaks to learn about the importance of the Great Lakes.

Wave Wifi MNC1250

Wave WiFi’s new Dual Band Marine Network Controller with SIM-activated cellular system (MNC1250) distributes fast reliable internet onboard. It can be connected to any internet source and transmits both 2.4 and 5GHz AP signals for speed and reliability. Gigabit ports provide fast throughput and Wave’s proprietary Graphic User Interface makes it easy to set up and operate.

OneWater Acquires T-H Marine

OneWater Marine purchased the Huntsville, Ala.-based P&A provider for around $185 million.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Starfisher

The Portugal-based yard builds powerboats from 25 to 35 feet and was doing subcontracting work for the group.