Florida boating experts say North Carolina is aggressively trying to woo its marine businesses.
North Carolina's commerce department says boating is one of its targeted industries. The state offers available working waterfront space - which has dwindled in Florida - a central seaboard location for cutting shipping and transportation costs, and lower costs, according to an article in Florida Trend.
Frank Herhold, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida said his association is working with the Broward Alliance and Enterprise Florida on a strategy to retain industry players.
"We don't want to see our critical mass deteriorate," Herhold said.