The NMMA said it has written to key members of the Florida and Texas congressional delegations, outlining the need for federal disaster resources to help the boating industry after hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Marinas, docks, and boat ramps are vital to the industry and coastal economies. The National Marine Manufacturers Association said it has received initial reports of severe damage to boating infrastructure in Texas and Florida from the recent storms.
The NMMA reminded lawmakers of the industry’s importance to their states and districts and said it stands ready to help and serve as a resource as Congress considers additional disaster legislation.
In the letter to Florida lawmakers the NMMA cited marinas in the Keys that have suffered severe impacts, boat ramps throughout the state that have been severely damaged, a multi-ton cement dock that was lifted up onto the sea wall at the Grove Harbour Marina in Coconut Grove and the destruction of a 250-foot dock at a community boating center in Miami.
“Finally, many recreational vessels of all types and sizes also have been severely damaged and are in need of repair by workers in Florida boatyards,” the NMMA said.
In the letter to Texas lawmakers the NMMA said that in Rockport, Cove Harbor Marina was severely damaged because of wind, and marinas in the lower coast were hit particularly hard. In Ingleside, Bahia Marina was severely damaged, with about 75 percent damage to boat slips and about 75 percent of boats having been damaged or sunk.
The NMMA also said the Island Moorings Marina in Port Aransas sustained so much damage that the owners will have to completely rebuild the facility and will be forced to send all of their boat slip tenants elsewhere during the rebuilding process. The owners also lost their entire restaurant, as well as 17 boats that sank.
Joining the NMMA’s efforts are the Association of Marina Industries, Marina Association of Texas, Boating Trade Association of Metropolitan Houston; Marine Industries Association of Florida; Marine Industries Association of South Florida; and the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association.