Industry associations to conduct hurricane symposium

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Boat Owners Association of the United States, in conjunction with the Marine Industries Association of Florida and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, will hold the Marina Hurricane Preparation Symposium on March 1-2, 2007 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla., BoatU.S. said in a press release Friday.

The conference aims to help any public or private boating facility minimize chances of hurricane storm damage. Participants will learn successful storm preparation tactics from other marina operators, exchange ideas, hear how to “harden” their facility and develop a written hurricane plan. State-of-the-art storm-preparation products from a variety of vendors will also be on display.

“The levels of devastation we’ve seen in the past few hurricane seasons can’t be repeated,” said Margaret Podlich, vice president of government affairs for BoatU.S. “We saw a real need to gather owners of marine facilities together; the future of boating in many areas depends on all of us in the marine industry working together to find solutions.”

Marina and boat club operators will also learn what they can legally do to prepare boats in their facility under new Florida law, which became effective July 2006.

“It’s important to know what measures can be taken — by whom and with what liability — well before the storm hits,” Podlich said.

Registration for the day and a half conference is $150 until Feb. 1, and $200 thereafter. It includes lunch, a reception and all conference materials. Discounts are available for additional staff from the same facility.

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