Keeping an eye on Washington

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

Jonathan Sweet, Editor-in-Chief
February 13, 2013
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MIAMI - From sequester budget cuts to E15, there’s plenty going on in our nation’s capital these days that bears watching.

The good news is that the marine industry is continuing to come together to deal with many of these issues through the American Boating Congress. Once an NMMA-dominated affair, ABC is now a true industry-wide effort with dozens of co-hosts, including other trade associations and others, including Boating Industry.

I spent some time yesterday talking to a few of NMMA’s key government affairs staff down here at the Miami Boat Show. While they are working on several issues, Cindy Squires, chief counsel for public affairs & director of regulatory affairs, said that we can expect more regulations coming in the next few months. Typically, administrations hold off on announcing new regulations in an election year and now that the election is past, it’s basically like a dam breaking.

That’s why it’s so important to stay engaged in what’s going on, at the local, state and federal level. If you can’t make it to ABC, be sure to follow the latest developments leading up to and during the conference here on We’ll also have extensive coverage coming up in the print edition as well.


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