Five NMD events are honored

SAN DIEGO – The Association of Marina Industries honored five 2004 National Marina Day events Monday with the association’s National Marina Day Awards, AMI reported this morning.

Sharing the 2004 National Marina Day Award for Best Overall Event – which goes to the facilities whose NMD events excel in demonstrating the role marinas play as gateways to boating and stewards of the environment – were the Marina Operators of Lake Lanier, Ga., and North Point Marina, of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

Also honored were Bayport Marina, of Bayport, Minn., and Winter Yacht Basin of Mantoloking, N.J./ the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey of Brick, N.J., which this year were named joint winners of the 2004 National Marina Day Best Local Political Advocacy Award. This award recognizes outstanding NMD events demonstrating successful outreach to local elected officials.

Walden Marina of Montgomery, Texas, was the sole winner of the 2004 National Marina Day Best Media Coverage Award, which is given in recognition of an outstanding National Marina Day event’s successful outreach to local media outlets.

AMI President James L. Frye, CMM, said the entire industry deserves recognition for its embrace of the National Marina Day program, which is produced by AMI and is an annual nationwide celebration of America’s marinas. In 2005, NMD will be observed on Aug. 13.

“This past year, over 265 marinas across the country registered for National Marina Day,” Frye said. “While the events we recognize here today represent some of the most outstanding events around the country, everyone who participated in National Marina Day deserves recognition for furthering our goal of educating elected officials about the role marinas play as gateways to boating across the country.

“With the fantastic co-chairs, committee, and media sponsors we have recruited for 2005 and the continuing support we are receiving from industry sponsors and marina operators across the country, I’m optimistic that this year we will continue to make progress in educating the public about the many values of marinas.”

In March of 2005, the NMD campaign will officially kick-off with a one-page bulletin inserted into that month’s newsletter edition of AMI Messages. The campaign will elaborate on the 2005 NMD theme and offer suggestions on how marinas can join in the effort to educate public officials about the marina industry. More in-depth materials will follow in the months leading up to the event.

Marina Dock Age and Boating Industry are 2005 National Marina Day joint media sponsors.

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