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. Legendary Marine flag mural sets Guinness record
The 3.83-acre flag mural that tops Legendary Marine's boat storage facility in Destin, Fla., has been recognized as the largest flag mural in the world by Guinness World Records.
The mural was painted by marine artist Wyland over a four-month period and completed in April. Wyland had originally painted a smaller flag mural on the facility in 2001, but Legendary and the artist decided to enlarge the painting when it was time to restore it. The record was confirmed by Guinness in July.
2. Deadline near for NMMA Hall of Fame
Nominations for the NMMA Hall of Fame are due August 12. Nominees must have made a substantial and lasting impact on the industry or their particular segment, be known in the industry and beyond personal or professional reproach, must have been or continue to be a member and supporter of NMMA and be actively involved in the marine industry for a minimum of 10 years.
3. Manatee boat deaths at record pace in Florida
Increased boating traffic is leading to more deaths of manatees in Florida, state officials said last week.
As of July 22, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported 71 manatees killed by boats, ahead of the 58 manatees killed by boats by mid-July 2009, when a record 97 manatees were killed, Florida Today reported.
4. MarineMax upgraded by analyst
After a strong earnings report last week, MarineMax's stock has been upgraded from a "Hold" to a "Buy" by Zacks Investment Research.
5. How to know if your Twitter marketing is working
Are you getting results from Twitter or are you just not sure what's going on? Social Media Examiner this week offers tips on using Twitter analytics to improve your outreach.