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. NMMA urges industry to sign Trump ethanol petition
The deadline is Tuesday to sign a Boating United petition to be delivered to President Trump, urging him to take action to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard.
If you’d like to sign your name to the petition letter, click here. After completing the petition, you will be asked to send a similar message directly to Congress.
2. Judge says Florida's New River bridge can close
Despite the objection of marine businesses in the area, U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas ruled Friday that All Aboard Florida can lock the New River railway bridge in the down position from Feb. 11 to Feb. 23 while it makes repairs in preparation for new high-speed rail passenger train service, WPLG reported.
The judge ruled that although there would be potential loss of revenue for the businesses, the public "would not be best served by large-scale disruptions in freight deliveries to South Florida, nor would the interests of the public be best served by a delay in the implementation" of the rail service.
3. Feds lift wake restrictions at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it will lift wake restrictions in the secluded area north of Lake Havasu's Mesquite Bay that was once a favorite spot for water sports enthusiasts, the Havasu News-Herald reported.
4. Judges named for Miami innovation awards
NMMA and Boating Writers International have announced the panel of judges who will evaluate 63 product entries across 23 boating categories for the 2017 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards being presented during the show’s Innovation Breakfast on February 17.
The Innovation Awards judges’ committee is comprised of seven BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine products and equipment. The judges’ committee is chaired by Zuzana Prochazka and co-chaired by Alan Wendt. The judges include Nigel Calder, Alan Jones, Tim Murphy, Bill Pike and Lenny Rudow.
5. 19 Facebook marketing predictions for 2017 from the pros
How will Facebook marketing change this year? Social Media Examiner talked to 19 leading social media pros to see what they expect for 2017.