It hasn’t been a good week if you’re a believer that businesses are already overburdened with regulations and that the potential for our customers to misfuel their boats with E15 is becoming more alarming.
We paid the cheapest quarterly gas prices in 12 years during the January-March quarter of 2016 and it’s fueling expectations that boats will see much more running time during this boating season. Meanwhile, ethanol continues to be a curse on boating and we might just be losing the war against it.
The Florida state legislature will set a terrible anti-boating precedent with an expected vote sometime today on a bill (HB 1051) banning overnight anchoring in selected areas. All Florida boating interests should oppose the action right now.
A new campaign promoting more ethanol (should be called moonshine), as well as the industry’s all-important American Boating Congress, are notable today.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans to “downlist” the West Indian manatee from endangered to a less-serious status of threatened and the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association is calling on its members — and all boating interests — to support this action in public comments now.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told nearly 100 attendees at the annual meeting of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association that significant progress was made in 2015 on issues that impact the marine industry, particularly on the Great Lakes and Lake Erie.
When 42 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives says it’s time to revise the ethanol mandate in this country, it’s time for the Environmental Protection Agency to heed the call.
If you’re like Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders who is “sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails,” then you are just a likely fed up hearing about the ethanol debacle. But the announcement last week of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition’s new campaign, dubbed “Inconvenient Facts,” brings to mind the possibility that biobutanol […]
When it comes to the E15 debacle, it’s not just the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that’s a problem. Now we can add in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its planned big-money subsidies.
New and more secure credit cards are on the way, but liability for fraudulent use is shifting from banks to retailers, who need to decide whether they want to buy point-of-sale units with chip-reading technology.
Kiss goodbye to the eight-hour workday and watch for proposed changes to the often-overreaching Endangered Species Act. Both have an impact on boating.
BoatUS couldn’t have said it better than in an email to members: “EPA Wants to Know How Much Corn You Want in Your Boat’s Gas Tank?”
It’s often things that marine trades associations make certain don’t happen that members overlook when evaluating their membership’s return on investment. And MTAs often fail to adequately make known what they stopped. A good case in point: the Boating Associations of Ohio.
What do lower gas prices, eliminating microbeads and holding carp at bay have in common? They’re all good for boating.
No state has more marine industry associations with more political clout than Florida does with its eight. And setting the stage to reinvigorate that power was what a recent summit meeting in Sarasota was called to accomplish.
If one desires to be an equal-opportunity annoyer, just issue the long-awaited revised ethanol volume figures under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Congrats to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for pissing off everyone. Perhaps that’s exactly the intent?
The industry’s Discover Boating national campaign continues to pursue its mission — to inspire and motivate people to get out on the water — with the release of a new video in the “Stories of Discovery” series. It brings to six the number of videos now available.
It’s one of those good-news, bad-news day. On the plus side, swipe fees have surfaced again, renewing the battle for retailers, while the U.S. House of Representatives votes to drain the Highway Trust Fund.
The marine industry and its many partners are in Washington, D.C., this week for the American Boating Congress. They’re telling lawmakers about the the importance of the nation’s recreational boating industry and its overall $121 billion annual economic impact, 35,000 small businesses and the 650,000 jobs it impacts.
Here’s an idea: since Congress has refused to raise the minimum wage, let’s run an end around by changing the rules regarding who qualifies for overtime pay. It’s the latest philosophy coming out of the White House, a move that will ensure the U.S. can fly a regulation-nation banner.
Ohio dealers are in a heated battle to prevent tax increases, while dealers in New York are fighting to keep a new tax policy. In both cases, it’s a full-court press.
After BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, more than 200 million gallons of crude flowed into the waters for 87 agonizing days.
An important webinar about the upcoming American Boating Congress from May 11-13 and the deadline for big savings on the registration fee for this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which runs Nov. 15-18 are both worth checking out now.
The Advisory Council of Marine Associations recently submitted its annual resolutions for political action to the board of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the board endorsed the recommendations.
Are we approaching a time when Internet sellers will be required to collect sales tax on all sales in the same way brick-and-mortar retailers do? It appears the issue is alive again following two related events that came down last month.
Some taxes are good and some are bad. More specifically, the federal gas tax and the death tax are worthy of attention these days. After all, Washington is talking tax code revisions and revenue increases and that’s always scary.
Today is for “the wearin’ of the green.” But if you’re a Michigan dealer who exhibited in the recent 23rd annual Spring Boating Expo, it’s more likely “the bankin’ of the green.” That, and an unexpected group joining our industry’s call for changes in the Renewable Fuels Standard, leads today’s blog.
I’m tired of writing about ethanol and I’ll bet you’re tired of reading it. But winning the battle to halt ethanol’s march has never been more likely than it is now in the current Congress and it’s critical that all marine dealers take time to weigh in now.
You just got a seat on your marine trade association’s board of directors? Congrats — it’s a clear vote of confidence and respect to be elected by your fellow members to serve. But after the applause and handshakes, you should not be confused about the serious responsibility you’ve just been handed.
You’ve probably heard of the Boating Infrastructure Grant program, affectionately dubbed the “Big P” by those of us who have long cheered the benefits of seeing federal dollars spent to support recreational boating. It does things the industry couldn’t do for itself.
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, issues including red snapper, Asian carp and dangerous algae blooms are getting major attention. And they very well should because they directly impact boating.
There might never be a better time to effect changes in public policy than this year with a friendly Congress and key issues impacting the marine industry on the table.
Starting off this New Year, it’s notable that consumer confidence keeps rolling and even the tax man reminds boating of favorable treatments.
At opposite ends of the country, in Nevada and Florida, meetings and hearings are slated to get under way today to examine everything from zebra mussels to sea cow protections and their impacts on recreational boating.
An inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration walks into a dealership and asks to see the required posted notices to all employees. Regrettably, some aren’t there, others are out of date. That will be a $7,000 fine (per occurrence) for non-compliance, the man from the government says.
You’ve gotta love the fact that consumers are paying much less for gasoline and, therefore, have more cash to spend. It’s better for the economy than any government stimulus program and it bodes well for the marine industry.
Seeing no gain of yardage in the ethanol game, the Environmental Protection Agency “quick kicked” by announcing it will further delay, until sometime in 2015, a determination of the quantity of ethanol required to go into the nation’s gas supply for 2014.
If reports from more than a dozen marine trade associations from around the country are any indication, efforts are in high gear to pursue favorable legislation for the marine industry.
As the lame-duck session of the 113th Congress that has raised accomplishing nothing to a high art gets under way, the Advisory Council of Marine Associations will tackle a wide-ranging agenda at its annual meeting this weekend in Orlando.
In what appears to be a contradiction, gasoline prices are plummeting while funds from gasoline sales going into the Sportfish & Boating Trust Fund are rising. And that’s good for boating.
Let us pray for common sense.
Getting a “no” can be good or bad. Just look at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or the Federal Reserve Board.
I turned on the TV in Chicago last night and what did I see? It was a well-done Go RVing commercial. Here I am, I thought, in the nation’s second-largest market and I see the RV industry appropriately hitting it with a slick message. And I’m immediately ticked.
A shout-out to Nautique president and CEO Bill Yeargin for stepping up to a deal with CBS as the title sponsor of the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing.
Wisconsin warned boaters and swimmers that there’s blue-green algae in their lakes. Toledo, Ohio’s recent “don’t-drink-the-water” was a national disgrace. People who touch or ingest water containing it (microcystin toxin) can become sick. Certainly not a climate in which we can grow boating. Is it time, then, for the marine industry to take a page […]
It’s a conundrum.
In Chicago, it is said, dead people still vote. But until now, I didn’t realize Chicago could be the seat of brain-dead office holders.
There might be no other state where boating groups are more engaged in efforts to secure the marine industry’s future than in Florida, proving once again that our industry’s marine trades associations do what individual dealers couldn’t accomplish by themselves.
Talk about warming: Discover Boating continues to be hot, while what to do about the planet remains a dilemma.
Taking a page from the National Marine Manufacturers Association playbook, state and local marine trade associations should be active in encouraging the formation of caucuses in state legislatures that are sensitive to pro-boating policies.