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. New Jersey dealer who faked death now facing Florida charges
A former New Jersey boat dealer who faked his death nearly three years to avoid criminal charges, has been arrested in Florida charged once again with bilking customers.
According to New Jersey officials, Andrew Biddle faked his death in July 2014 after he and a business partner were charged with multiple counts of theft by deception and fraud related to their dealership, Professional Boat Sales in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. He surrendered to police in February 2015.
Now, Biddle and a new business partner are facing more than 40 charges involving $500,000 in thefts in Florida for their business Calypso Skiff, WFTS-TV reports. Authorities there say the two men took deposits on boats to be manufactured, but never delivered them and also wrote bad checks to suppliers for molds and other supplies.
2. Trump administration starts NAFTA renegotiation process
The Trump administration has sent Congress a letter notifying it that it plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, CNBC reported.
The United States can start renegotiating the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico 90 days after Congress is notified.
3. It’s National Safe Boating Week
Boating advocates across the country are emphasizing the need for safety on the water heading into the holiday weekend with the annual National Safe Boating Week, which runs through Friday.
Click here for tools and resources to get involved.
4. Montana anglers required to purchase AIS pass
Under a new state law, anglers in Montana will be required to purchase an aquatic invasive species prevention pass, the Helena Daily News reported.
The pass will generate an additional $3.2 million in revenue to help fund efforts to combat invasive species.
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