Skip to main content

Government shutdown affecting boating on multiple levels

BiscayneNationalPark

In today’s Currents e-newsletter, the National Marine Manufacturers Association has called on the U.S. Congress and administration to hammer out a deal that will end the partial government shutdown and restore funding to nine of fifteen government agencies. The trade association said that the shutdown is impacting several agencies responsible for boating.

“While the National Park Service has kept many of their operations open, if the shutdown lasts significantly longer, we will be watching for staffing closures that impact access,” Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA senior vice president, government and legal affairs, told Trade Only Today.

“National Parks in Florida like Biscayne and Everglades are most sensitive to the impact for our community.”

It’s unclear what would transpire if the shutdown lasts for weeks, or even months. Some U.S. states, according to the New York Times, are paying to keep national parks open. The state of Utah has agreed to cover costs in order to make sure visitors’ centers at Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks are not shuttered. New York state is spending $65,000 a day to keep the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open. Puerto Rico agreed to pay up to $80,000 for two weeks of services at the San Juan National Historic Site. It’s not clear, however, if national marine parks in Florida would similarly be funded.

Staffing for the National Marine Sanctuary and National Marine Fisheries Service have also been limited. “I am not aware of complete access closures, but a skeleton staff isn’t ideal,” said Vasilaros.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is also included in the furlough, says Vasilaros, noting that a “host of trade issues” impacting the boating industry are now being delayed. “That is more from a lack of process towards resolution,” she said. “For instance, a few members still have exemption applications for 301 tariffs and those will be on pause until after funding is secured.”

Related

1_WHALESACTION

NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.

1_AXOPAR

Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.

1_IAN

Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.

Norm

Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.

1_NMRA

NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.

1_ PULSE.PING.2

DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.

1_EPROPULSION

EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.

1_BENETEAU

Beneteau Reports Significant H122 Growth

The company reported that its revenue grew 8.6 percent and income increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2022.