Tag Archives: Florida

Changes at Florida’s Whiticar Boat Works and Shearwater Marine

Whiticar Boat Works

Customers of Whiticar Boat Works in Stuart, Florida recently received this letter from the owners. Dear valued customers and friends, For nearly seventy-five years, Whiticar Boat Works has been a part of marine life in Stuart, Florida. Our family-established and family-run business incorporated in 1959 by our fathers, Curt Whiticar and John Dragseth, has a rich history in the boating ...

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Palm Beach Boat Show postpones new dates

The 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS) - set for May 14 -17 along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach - has been postponed until further notice. The decision came after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' executive order issuing a statewide stay-at-home directive through at least April 30.“We fully support the decision as the health and safety of our visitors, ...

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MIASF organizes 43rd annual waterway cleanup

On March 7, 2020, approximately 1,200 volunteers participated in the 43rd Broward County Waterway Cleanup, the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event. The event is presented by the Florida Inland Navigation District (F.I.N.D.) and National Marine Suppliers and organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF). The 2020 cleanup event resulted in the collection of nearly 25 tons ...

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Boating and Fishing communities celebrate approval of Biscayne fisheries management plan

Last week, after decades of debate, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the Biscayne National Park (BNP) Fisheries Management Plan. NMMA and much of the recreational boating and fishing community advocated in favor of the plan, which is aimed at increasing the size and abundance of targeted species within the Park by 20%. The plan enters into ...

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Daytona Boat Show reports high attendance, strong sales for 2020

The 2020 Daytona Boat Show recently wrapped up its 18th annual January three-day event at the Daytona International Speedway which featured 14 boat dealers, and showcased more than 58 different brands. The show, hosted by the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida, featured over 200 vessels, including personal watercraft, pontoons, jet boats and cruisers. Attendance was reported as exceptional by the dealers in attendance. “[The ...

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Correct Craft hosts Florida State Representative

Just before Thanksgiving, Florida State Representative David Smith (District 28) visited Correct Craft’s headquarters in Orlando, providing him with the opportunity to learn about the manufacturer’s business and the boating industry’s broader economic impact. NMMA members, like Correct Craft, have hosted more than 30 elected officials at their facilities in 2019, which are invaluable advocacy engagements that the association strongly ...

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Florida industry reps convene for second advocacy summit

Last week, NMMA held its second Florida advocacy fly-in, serving as a critical component of the association’s strategic plan to bolster advocacy efforts in key states and regions. Eighteen stakeholders participated in the event, where they attended issue briefing sessions and met directly with key legislators and decisionmakers on pressing policy issues facing the recreational boating industry. The November advocacy ...

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NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary launches boater education course

NOAA recently announced the launch of a free, online boater education course designed to specifically inform the boating public about the natural and historical resources within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This educational tool, available in English and Spanish, complements existing safe boating courses and was developed with input from a variety of stakeholders, interest groups, and agencies. The sustained health of ...

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A call to back Florida’s boating business, protect environment

From the Florida Panhandle to the Keys, Floridians and tourists alike flock to our pristine waters year-round to enjoy some of the best boating experiences the United States has to offer. While many know Florida is the ideal destination for a day on the water, what’s less well known is the significant impact recreational boating has on the state's economy. According ...

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Water Sports Industry Association announces leadership awards

Water Sports Industry Association Summit recently concluded in Steamboat Springs with the Leadership Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes industry leaders and top performers for the year. With more than 200 attendees, these awards were a highlight of the 2018 Summit and honored the best in the towed water sports industry, on both the retail and manufacturer levels. Here are ...

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