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Manatee zones under fire in Florida

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Five manatee boat speed zones in South Florida were erased Tuesday and two North Florida counties plan to sue the federal government over two manatee protection zones they feel are too restrictive to boaters, according to stories in the Miami Herald and Ft. Myers News Press today. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission lost its ...

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MRAA urges Congress to support Wallop-Breaux reauthorization

OAK PARK, Ill. – The Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) has sent letters to members of committees with jurisdiction over the reauthorization of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (commonly known as Wallop-Breaux), strongly encouraging support, the MRAA reported in a recent press release. MRAA said it has asked members of the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Committee ...

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California OSHA told to remove styrene from its agenda

CHICAGO – The California OSHA Air Contaminants Advisory Committee (ACAC), which has been working on a draft regulation to lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for styrene, has been ordered to remove styrene from its agenda by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), according to a National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) press release. This action was announced following strong ...

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BoatU.S. Foundation president appointed to safety council

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Ruth Wood has been appointed to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, according to a recent BoatU.S. statement. Created by the Federal Boating Safety Act of 1971, the council performs an important role by advising the U.S. Coast Guard concerning the development of national policies and regulations that ...

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Steel-price storm may be looming on horizon

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Surging steel prices worldwide are forcing price increases among manufacturers of steel products, and have marine-industry professionals worried about the negative repercussions already being felt. A weakened dollar, reduced U.S. tariffs, and an increased demand fueled by China’s economic growth, have sparked a 30 to 50 percent cost increase in the steel market over the last ...

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SeaSafe responds to stem-to-stern warranty proposal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - SeaSafe Group's insured and re-insured Marine Extended Warranty Program has been modified to include coverage manufacturers "desperately need in the quest for stem-to-stern coverage," the company reported in a recent statement. The Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) issued in January a position paper that called for a "bold, new bow-to-stern warranty philosophy," something SeaSafe believes it ...

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IBEX U sees a 3 percent attendance increase

BROOKLIN, Maine – The attendance of boatbuilding professionals at IBEX U 2004 last week in Rockport, Maine, was up three percent over the premier regional IBEX U trade show and conference held in Portland, Maine, in 2002, an IBEX release reported yesterday. Over the course of two-day event (Feb. 25-26) 612 qualified marine professionals visited IBEX U, held at the ...

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Numerous changes in store for South Carolina In-Water Boat Show

Charleston, SC – A new location, a new major sponsor, new prices and new events are planned for the South Carolina In-Water Boat Show, to be held April 1-4, the South Carolina Marine Association (SCMA) – the show’s owner – said yesterday. Cummins MerCruiser Diesel, headquartered in Charleston, has signed on as the show’s major sponsor, according to Gary Dickman, ...

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Xtreme Companies Inc. selects engine provider

STANTON, Calif. – Xtreme Companies, Inc. has selected Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation to be its exclusive provider of marine jet engines, Xtreme said recently. "Mercury's OptiMax engines are the benchmark for new technology engines in terms of performance and operation." Xtreme Companies CEO Kevin Ryan said. Xtreme manufactures mission-specific patrol and fire-rescue boats servicing fire, rescue, law ...

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Marine interiors trade show to be held in Ft. Lauderdale

CARLSBAD, Calif. –The Transport & VIP Interiors Group Presents Seacraft Interiors Conference and Exhibition will be held April 13-15 at the Ft. Lauderdale/Greater Broward County Convention Center, a press release from the conference coordinator said yesterday. Prominent interior specialists from sea, air and land modes of transportation will present their views on the state of their own industry segment at ...

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