Quick Hits: May 18, 2020

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The American Sportfishing Association announced that $300 million has been allocated via the CARES Act for fisheries in coastal states. According to the ASA, each state is responsible for developing spending plans that cohere with the CARES Act. “It is important for coastal and marine sportfishing businesses to know that they may be eligible for these funds,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs at the ASA, in a statement. “Every bit of relief funding can help businesses survive.” ASA will continue to publish the spending plans of each state as they are available. 

The owner of theme restaurant Rainforest Café, Steven Schussler, has lost a lawsuit against the city of Minnetonka Beach, Minn. over a municipal dock near his family’s property. The suit alleges that the size and angle of the city’s dock both prevents the city from building its own dock and blocks access to deeper water. Schussler told the Star Tribune that he’s mulling appealing the case. The court ruling can be read here

Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville, Fla., promoted Mark Vickers to the new position of general manager for its three locations in Julington Creek, Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine. Vickers was a member for five years before joining Freedom Boat Club as a membership executive in January 2020, according to the company


Quick Hits: May 29, 2020

Sea Tow Foundation adds marine industry stakeholders to to council, Suzuki announces new 115- and 140-hp outboards, and ABYC takes classrooms virtual in 2020.