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Hundreds celebrate National Marina Day

Despite low water levels on Georgia’s Lake Lanier, Aquamarina Lazy Days organizers said a good time was had by the several hundred who attended this year’s National Marina Day event.

National Marina Day, which took place Aug. 9, is a celebration of the important role marinas play in waterfront communities all across America. Aquamarina Lazy Days in Buford, Ga., was the site of this year’s official headquarters.

Attendees were treated to a day of games, rides, food and fun. Guests of the event included National Marina Day chairman Mike Shanley and Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks. The celebration’s highlights included safe boating tips from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, live music and the construction of a boat that was later auctioned off for charity. The boat project was organized by the Sea Quest Kids program, which offers kids hand-on learning experiences. 

“Despite some challenges we’ve faced regarding the lake’s water levels, everyone had a great day on the water, and we’re happy that so many people came out to enjoy the event,” said Andy Sturner, CEO and founder of Aqua Marine Partners, the Hollywood, Fla.-based firm that acquired Lazy Days in 2007. 

Funds raised during the day were presented to Flotilla 29, the Coast Guard Auxiliary organization.

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