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Florida regulators propose manatee rules for county

BRADENTON, Fla. – Florida regulators have proposed a set of manatee protection rules for Manatee County that are almost the same as protections written into the county’s ordinance by Manatee leaders, but ratchet up the sea cow safeguards in specific areas, according to a story in today’s Bradenton Herald. The new rules may also make it easier for Florida officers ...

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MRAA endorses efforts to seek dealer feedback

OAK PARK Ill. – The Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) salutes the efforts of Priority One Financial Services in seeking dealer feedback on their services, according to a statement yesterday from MRAA. "These efforts to increase data concerning the needs and desires of their dealer customers is a very progressive step,” MRAA Chairman John Sima said. An F&I outsource ...

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Massey launches its own boat show

PALMETTO, Fla. – Massey Yacht Sales & Service plans to hold its first annual All Cruisers Rendezvous and Boat Show at Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, May 21-23, Massey said in a recent release. The event will feature up to 60 new or pre-owned sail and powerboats from 30-45 feet, available for display and boarding, as well as parties and ...

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Mathews appointed to Florida Boating Advisory Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Peggy Higdon Mathews has been appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the state’s Boating Advisory Council (BAC) where she will help make recommendations on issues affecting the recreational boating community, Mathews reported in a press release yesterday. Mathews, a resident of Tallahassee, has an extensive background in the marine environment, having worked for 15 ...

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Swobbit names distributor for Australia and New Zealand

INDIANAPOLIS – Swobbit Products has named Impulse Marine to distribute its products in Australia and New Zealand, Swobbit said in a press release today. Headquartered in Queensland, Australia, Impulse Marine is a diversified importer, exporter, and distributor of boating and fishing equipment, Swobbit said. Swobbit Products is the manufacturer of Swobbit and First Mate brand boat cleaning and maintenance accessories. ...

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Merger of Florida boatmakers moving forward

STUART, Fla. – Two Florida boatmakers have nearly completed a plan to join forces with a goal of selling between 60 and 70 boats this year, according to a story in today’s Palm Beach Post. Florida Boat Works of Stuart and Sonic USA Inc. combined to create First Derivative Technologies LLC in January to represent their boatmaking division and composite ...

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Proposed PWC ban is voted down

WASHINGTON – Residents of Waterford, Maine have voted down a proposal that recommended to the state legislature that personal watercraft be prohibited on Keoka Lake, according to a recent press release from the Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA). Maine does not permit localities to enact bans without the approval of the legislature, but the March 6 vote stopped the process ...

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Ohio boaters increasingly renewing their registrations online

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will once again allow Ohioans to renew their watercraft registrations this year through an online system at ohiodnr.com according to a story in the Chillicothe Gazette today. Last year, 4,134 watercraft registration renewals were completed through the system, which was started in 2001, and will be accessible 24 hours a ...

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Boat-fees plan under fire in Indiana

GARY, Ind. – A bill that would allow any Indiana city that has a port authority with a channel navigable to Lake Michigan, to impose docking and launch fees is causing controversy, according to a story in the Gary Post-Tribune. The launch fee is capped at $1 per launch under the bill – which now awaits the governors signature – ...

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Polaris loses ad agency

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis-based advertising agency Martin/Williams has resigned from its account with Polaris Industries Inc. Martin/Williams produced materials for all of the manufacturer’s market segments during the past five years. Published reports have speculated the deal to be worth $15 million. Steve Collins, Martin/Williams president and CEO, declined to confirm details of the concluded deal during an interview with Boating ...

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