Weekly 5: Boaters take to Las Vegas strip to protest gov’t shutdown, closures


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Christopher Gerber (CGerber@BoatingIndustry.com)
October 8, 2013
Filed under Top Stories, Weekly 5

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 Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.

1. Boaters take to Las Vegas strip to protest gov’t shutdown, closures

A group of boaters protested the closure of Lake Mead by driving their boats up and down the nearby Las Vegas strip over the weekend.

The lake has been closed as part of the government shutdown of national parks. The protest was organized by local boat dealer Boulder Boats.

“The idea of boaters rallying together isn’t to disrupt business on The Strip, however, it is intended to display a message that this Government shutdown has an  effect on business, recreation, leisure, family time,” said Boulder Boats owner Stuart Litjens.

The protest got some attention from local media as well. Check out coverage from local television station KTNV and the Las Vegas Sun.

2. Michigan marina hit by fire

The South River Marina, located in Harrison Twp., Mich., narrowly avoided major damage from a fire thanks to an alert passing motorist. No boats were burned, but a building and some snowmobiles were damaged in the fire.

3. Missouri considers allowing E15

A rulemaking committee in Missouri held a public hearing Monday as it considers whether or not to allow the use of E15 – the controversial 15 percent ethanol blend – to be sold in the state. The state Department of Agriculture recently finalized a real allowing the blend, leaving it up to the state’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to approve or block the rule. The committee is expected to announce its decision Wednesday.

4. Do dress codes matter?

How important is a company dress code to success? Fast Company takes a look at the benefits and drawbacks.

5. 6 ways to fit social media in your schedule

We’re all busier than ever and finding time to do social media can be tough, especially if your company has a small or non-existent marketing department. MarketingProfs offers six tips for squeezing social media into your packed schedule.


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