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BWI recognizes excellence in boating journalism

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The nation's top marine journalists were recognized last week in an annual writing contest conducted by the membership of Boating Writers International. With an expansion to a record 13 contest categories, $13,000, in awards were presented to first ($500), second ($300) and third ($200) place scorers. Each recipient also took home a recognition plaque noting their ...

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Three Seasons wins Homeport Award

CROYDON, Pa. –Three Seasons Marina, of Croydon, Pa., was recently awarded the Homeport "Excellence in Retailing" award for January, given to select Homeport retailers that excel in retailing parts and accessories, a release said. Three Seasons Marina, a full service marina located on Neshaminy Creek, with a service department, boat and engine sales and a Ship’s Store, earned the honor ...

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Martin Flory Group provides Internet database

GURNEE, Ill. – The Martin Flory Group has updated its media resource web site, www.martinflory.com with user-friendly thumbprints and a comprehensive photo gallery, giving editors access to a multitude of press releases and photos from its clients in the marine and outdoor industries, a recent release stated. The site has several search options to find specific press releases for clients ...

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Flagship Marinas hands out yearly awards

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The recipients of Flagship Marinas' annual awards were given their prizes recently by company president Gregg Kenny, CMM of Flagship Marinas – a Dallas, Texas marina ownership and management services business – at the yearly managers meeting held in Ft. Lauderdale. In presenting the distinctions, Kenney said, "All of our properties have continued to produce at ...

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Weather drives up Miami show attendance

MIAMI, Fla. – Attendance at the Miami International Boat Show was up 2 percent through the end of the day Saturday, said show manager Cathy Johnston in an interview today. In addition, while the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) was still counting up Sunday’s attendance this morning, Johnston said Sunday was the busier day of the weekend, and thus she ...

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Vancouver Boat Show reports 24-percent attendance increase

Vancouver, B.C. – The 2004 Vancouver International Boat Show announced through a press release Friday that attendance at the five-day event (Feb. 4 – 8) was up 24 percent compared to 2003. Higher attendance – 37,481 people came to the show – coupled with enthusiastic spending resulted in an extremely strong event for exhibitors, the release said. "Saturday was the ...

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State fails to reinstate manatee speed zones

FORT MYERS, Fla., – The state of Florida failed, at least temporarily, in its attempt to reinstate manatee speed zones in five Lee County waterways where the zones have been ruled unconstitutional, a story in Saturday’s Ft. Myers News-Press said. The newspaper reported that the Second District Court of Appeals, in a one-sentence ruling, denied the Florida Fish and Wildlife ...

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St. Louis show reports record attendance

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis Business Journal reported in a story last week that despite poor winter weather, the St. Louis Boat and Sports Show at America's Center posted record attendance at its show Feb. 3-8. The National Marine Manufacturers Association said attendance was 31-percent higher than in 2003. Mark Adams, mid-south regional show manager for the NMMA, ...

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Standing Watch says government infringing on boater’s rights

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The president of Standing Watch, Florida’s largest coalition of independent boaters, issued a press release Wednesday afternoon condemning a decision made earlier this week by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The release calls Monday’s announcement by the U.S. F&WS – which said the agency will no longer approve dock-building permits in five waterways near Ft. ...

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NMMA says attendance at Miami Show up 3 percent

MIAMI, Fla. – A story in today’s Miami Herald said that by late Thursday afternoon, box-office sales at the Miami International Boat Show were up 3 percent from last year at the same time, according to Cathy Johnston, southern regional manager of the National Marine Manufacturers Association – the show's producer. Johnston said she hoped this year's attendance would approximate ...

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