MRA conference attendance 'exceeds expectations'

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Western states marina owners and operators met in November for the Marine Recreational Association's 38th annual Educational Conference and Trade Show at Harrah's on Lake Tahoe.

More than 200 marina industry leaders attended the event.

"Our attendance exceeded our expectations, especially among the trade exhibitors," organizer Mariann Timms said in a statement. "We had a full exhibit hall and plenty of interest and activity for all concerned."

Baseball legend Dave Stewart, an avid boater, gave the keynote address.

The MRA's new president Jim Hayes presented the marina award to Shaun McMahon of Shelter Cove Marina for her endeavors in developing the Clean Marinas Program. In addition, McMahon certified many of the participating marinas and has participated for many years on the MRA board of directors.

The trade award went to Anchor QEA for the time and effort it donated to update the Marina and Boatyard Regulatory Matrix, as well as the firm's analysis and report on the proposed coastal marina permit regulation being developed by California's state water resources control board.

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