MOAA honors 2003 National Marina Day events

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) honored three 2003 National Marina Day events with the association’s National Marina Day Awards, MOAA reported in a press release Saturday.

The awards were presented last week at the National Marina & Boatyard Conference and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale.

The Naples Marina & Boating Center of Naples, Fla. received the association’s 2003 National Marina Day Award for Best Overall Event, in recognition of its outstanding National Marina Day event, which demonstrated the role marinas play as gateways to boating and as stewards of the environment, MOAA said.

Rockvam Boat Yards of Spring Park, Minn. received the association’s 2003 National Marina Day Award for Best Local Political Advocacy. This award recognizes Rockvam Boat Yard’s outstanding National Marina Day event demonstrating successful local political advocacy, according to MOAA.

Also recognized for their collaborative effort were the seven marinas on Georgia’s Lake Lanier, which were honored for their outstanding collaborative National Marina Day event, demonstrating successful outreach to local media outlets. Those marinas include:

– Aqualand Marina
– Habersham Marina
– Holiday on Lake Lanier
– Lan-Mar Marina
– Lanier Harbor Marina
– Lazy Days Marina
– Sunrise Cove Marina

"Every marina involved with the National Marina Day Program deserves recognition by the marina industry," MOAA Executive Director James L. Frye said. "By educating elected officials and the general public about the role of marinas as gateways to boating and stewards of the environment, participants in National Marina Day help grow and protect our businesses. I encourage all marina operators to get involved with this important industry initiative in 2004."

Frye said 150 marinas participated National Marina Day last year.

In March of 2004, MOAA will officially kick-off the 2004 NMD campaign with a one-page bulletin that will be inserted into that month’s edition of MOAA Messages and posted on the National Marina Day web page at www.moaa.com. It will elaborate on the 2004 NMD theme and offer suggestions on how marinas can join in the effort to educate public servants about the marina industry. More in-depth materials will follow in the months leading up to the event, which in 2004 will be celebrated Aug. 14.

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