New Jersey’s first Bring A Buddy Boating program comes to a close

BRICK, N.J. – Fourteen marina owners and one boat dealer opened their doors to the public for the day-long open house event known as Bring A Buddy Boating June 12, the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey said in a recent press release.

The MTA/NJ said the participating locations throughout the state had food, festivities, Coast Guard boat inspections, boating safety courses, and giveaways for attendees, all designed to encourage boating enthusiasts to get their friends hooked on the excitement of boating throughout New Jersey.

“This open house was set aside specifically for boating enthusiasts and their buddies,” said Melissa Danko, executive director of the MTA/NJ. “We appreciate all of the businesses that were involved and hosted this event.”

Rick Gimello, executive director of the NJDOT/Office of Maritime Resources who was also quoted in the MTA/NJ release, said that preliminary results of a New Jersey boater survey suggest “recreational boaters may contribute up to $28.2 million per year in trip-related expenditures, and up to another $17.2 million on annual boating-related expenses, to the New Jersey economy.”

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