California group opposes boating fund proposal

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Recreational Boaters of California is urging boaters in the state to contact local officials and urge them to vote against a bill they say will use money from a boating fund to prevent damage to streets and properties caused by beach erosion and flooding.

Senate Bill 436 would open up the boater-financed state Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund, according to the trade group, and use it to prevent damage caused by erosion and flooding and includes $1 million for streets and properties along Huename Beach.

“While RBOC recognizes the importance of prevention efforts at Hueneme Beach, boaters are not the source of the damage, nor are they the beneficiaries of the prevention efforts that would be financed by their fuel tax dollars and registration fees,” a letter to members stated.

“As the Department of Boating and Waterways has now become a division within the Department of Parks and Recreation, effective July 1 ... it is critical that the transition preserves and maintains the integrity, vitality, structure, funding and effectiveness of the HWRF [fund] that works hard to provide programs and services that directly benefit boaters who provide their hard-earned taxes and fees for this special fund,” the letter stated.

The letter urges members to act quickly; the bill was created through amendments Sept. 6 and the group anticipates it will be acted upon before the legislature recesses.

Click here for the full letter.

Related

NMMA to Hold State of the Industry Webinar

The March 4 webinar takes place at 11 a.m. and includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Sanlorenzo Reports 2020 Financials

Gains in the Asia-Pacific and Americas markets offset losses for the Italian builder’s superyacht division.

Into the High Season

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks dealers about restocking inventory and more, as the new season looms.

It Takes Two to Tango

The boom in boat sales we’re enjoying is a result of the combined efforts of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Besenzoni - for over 50 years ambassador of made in Italy in the world - designs and produces accessories for pleasure and commercial boating characterized by simple and functional design

Besenzoni constantly assists its customers in 90 countries with 187 representative points and a direct assistance network consisting of 164 operating units around the world coordinated by the headquarters.

Sea Tow Saves Cold-Stunned Turtles

Its Corpus Christi outfit is rescuing turtles that were affected by the deep freeze in Texas.