ASA applauds Florida governor’s fishery management nominations

The American Sportfishing Association and its Florida advocacy arm, Keep Florida Fishing, are praising Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his recommendations to the secretary of commerce for appointments to both the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Nominees for the open recreational fishing seat on the GMFMC include …
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Weekly 5: Proposal to close Florida bridge raises boating concerns

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Proposal to close Florida bridge raises boating concerns The closure of a drawbridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale in February could cost local boating …
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OneWater Marine Holdings acquires Sunrise Marina of Florida and Alabama

Atlanta-based OneWater Marine Holdings has made its fourth acquisition of 2016, adding Sunrise Marine of Florida and Alabama. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “With a growth rate in middle-class families that exceeds the national average, along with the Gulf’s diverse fishing and boating activities that attract millions of additional visitors every year, expanding …
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NMEA conference returns to Florida

The 2016 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference and Expo begins its three-day run on Sept. 20, 2016, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. The event will focus on education and training, a new products expo, demonstration boats, product awards, networking and social events. “After listening to member feedback and suggestions, we have increased the […]
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New Absolute Yachts dealer for Florida and Mid-Atlantic

Absolute North America announced Thursday the addition of Grande Yachts International to its growing family of world- class dealers. Made with passion and pride in Piacenza Italy, the Absolute yacht range currently spans from 40 to 72 feet. Covering the East coast of Florida and the Mid-Atlantic, Grande Yachts International operates out of four locations […]
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BoatUS urges veto of Florida anchoring carve out

Allowing a select few to carve out their own special anchoring restrictions, and bypassing a pilot program designed to provide practical, uniform anchoring regulations statewide is a mistake, said BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich in a letter sent Tuesday to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. BoatUS is asking the Governor to veto House Bill 1051, which […]
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Florida Senate passes two boating safety measures

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Senate unanimously approved 39-0 two boating measures on Wednesday, which will now head to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk, as reported by the local CBS affiliate in Miami. The first measure, HB-427, would provide a discount of about 12 percent on annual vessel-registration fees next year if boaters show they have […]
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Coast Guard Foundation to recognize Christine Duffy at 2015 Tribute to U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District in Florida

STONINGTON, Conn. – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 22nd Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard Seventh District will take place on November 19 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort […]
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Florida Yachts Brokers Association aims to boost marine economy through legislative change

The Florida Yacht Brokers Association and attorneys and lobbyists with Becker & Poliakoff are engaging in an industry effort to amend current legislation hindering the sale of foreign-flagged yachts in the U.S. Under Title 19 CFR § 4.94, foreign-flagged boats can obtain a cruising license in the U.S., with the caveat that the vessel is […]
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott highlights job creation during visit to Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler was pleased to welcome Florida Gov. Rick Scott when he visited the company’s Edgewater, Fla., headquarters on May 13. The governor’s visit served to highlight the recent completion of an 18-month-long expansion project, which included the addition of more than 58,000 square feet of under-roof manufacturing space and the creation of more than […]
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