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Quick Hits: April 13, 2020

Add Michigan to the states with executive orders that severely limit boating. A new executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has moved to temporarily ban the use of motorized watercraft through April 30. According to the state’s Department of Natural Resources, the updated order only allows non-motorized water activities, such as kayaking, canoeing and sailing.

West Marine Fort Lauderdale donated 2,500 pairs of latex gloves to Broward Health Medical Center in Florida last week. “In times like this, we’re in it together,” said Peter Avlogitos in a statement.

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