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Quick Hits: July 22, 2020

Two killed in Bronx PWC crash; Outdoors Act cosponsors hold conference ahead of bill passage; Bassmaster Eastern Open in Oneida postponed.

PWC rentals have become commonplace in the waters off New York City in the last few years and this year, rentals have exploded in popularity. Even amid a tourism standstill, many are overbooked, according to The New York Times, as people look to recreate and social distance after being indoors all spring. As boating activity picks up, so do accidents; in the Bronx, two men collided Monday night in Eastchester Bay and were killed. “Maybe now this accident will cause the police to put more patrols out on the water if there haven’t been,” state assemblyman Michael Benedetto told The New York Times. “I never had reason to call about that, but it’s something now that has to be looked into.”

A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. EDT today with the group of original cosponsors of The Great American Outdoors Act ahead of the House vote on the bill. It was passed last month by the Senate and will provide billions of funding in the park maintenance and a permanent source for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The event will be livestreamed on the Facebook page of Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C.  

Organizers have postponed the Bassmaster Eastern Open, slated for Aug. 6-8 on Oneida Lake in Oneida, N.Y., after meeting with local officials. “Onondaga County Parks and Visit Syracuse join our friends at Bassmaster in expressing our regret over the postponement of this year’s Bassmaster Eastern Open at Oneida Shores,” said Visit Syracuse senior sales manager Jeff Mickle in a statement. The Oneida event was due to be the Eastern division’s second tourney after two spring Bassmaster Opens Series events were already postponed.


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