The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com.
1. Miami approves architect for Miami Marine Stadium renovation
The city of Miami took another step toward renovation of the iconic Miami Marine Stadium, home of the Miami International Boat Show, with the approval of a team of designers.
Miami city administrators have chosen the firm of Richard Heisenbottle, which will evaluate the 1963 stadium and design all improvements needed to reopen it as a multi-purpose venue, ranging from structural repairs to seating and lighting and sound systems.
2. Yachts Miami Beach to phase out Styrofoam docks
Show Management, which runs the Yachts Miami Beach show every year concurrent to the Miami International Boat Show, says it will phase out Styrofoam docks at the show.
“We’re refitting all of our equipment, using plastic casing injected with Styrofoam so there’s no exposed Styrofoam,” Dane Graziano, senior vice president and COO of Show Management told the Miami New Times. “It’s part of our commitment to the environment.”
Critics had complained that the docks left behind an environmental mess.
3. NMMA: U.S. outboard engine sales up 6 percent
U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments were up 6 percent year-over-year through April on a rolling 12-month basis, for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers, representing 95 percent of the market, the association reported. Total retail sales based on warranty card registrations for the same period were up 7.9 percent.
4. Recreational fishing industry brings policy priorities to Capitol Hill
Leaders and stakeholders from the recreational fishing industry met with members of Congress, federal agencies and the Obama administration to advocate for the sport.
The American Sportfishing Association’s annual spring Government Affairs Committee meeting was held in conjunction with the American Boating Congress.
“Recreational fishing has tremendous value in connecting people to the outdoors and providing jobs throughout the nation,” said ASA Government Affairs Vice President Scott Gudes. “Given the increasing number of policy issues affecting the sport, it’s critical that our policymakers understand the important role that recreational fishing plays in conservation and the economy. No one can relate that message better than ASA’s members.”
5. NLRB going after employee handbooks
The Business Journal is reporting on several recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board to overturn rules in employee handbooks.
Most recently, the NLRB overturned a rule in an employee handbook that prohibits employees from engaging in conduct that’s offensive to other employees. That followed decisions throwing out a provision in T-Mobile’s employee handbook that required workers “to maintain a positive work environment by communicating in a manner that is conducive to effective working relationships" and other rules.