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AMI Applauds House Passage of Water Resources Development Act
July 30, 2020
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) along with the boating industry applauds the House of Representatives' passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) yesterday, which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to implement critical civilian water infrastructure projects. This decision marks an essential step forward in ensuring the preservation of the nation's ports, harbors, and inland waterways, which will help generate substantial economic impact for local communities across the country. For more.
AMI recently submitted a joint industry-wide letter outlining the recreational boating industries' priorities for WRDA 2020. See the full letter here.
House Passes GAOA, sends historic bill to President
July 23, 2020
In the evening of Wednesday, July 23 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a vote of 310-107. AMI as part of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) was at the forefront of this landmark legislation, leading the effort to include maintenance backlog funding for the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ORR brought together 127 outdoor recreation businesses including members of the marina industry in support of GAOA; garnering House support and much more.
We thank all AMI members for their support in passing this legislation and to our fellow ORR members for their tireless efforts.
"The outdoor recreation industry is ready to usher in the next golden age of the outdoor experiences after the House passed, in a bipartisan fashion, the Great American Outdoors Act,” said Jessica (Wahl) Turner, executive director of Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. “GAOA is a major 21st-century achievement and a reminder that when all sides work together, we can accomplish great things for the outdoors and the nation. We applaud House leaders — particularly Speaker Pelosi, Representatives Cunningham, and Simpson, among many others — for helping to get this done. We urge President Trump to sign this bill into law as soon as possible so the outdoor recreation sector can help drive economic recovery in communities across the country and all Americans can connect with outdoor experiences that improve health and quality of life.”
Bipartisan legislation introduced to protect small businesses from natural disasters
July 8, 2020
Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Joe Morelle (D-NY-25), Jack Bergman (R-MI-01), Jared Golden (D-ME-02), and Pete Stauber (R-MN-08) introduced landmark legislation backed by the recreational boating industry that would give small businesses the opportunity to access much needed capital to invest in disaster resilient infrastructure. The bill – formally known as the Providing Resources for Emergency Preparedness and Resilient Enterprises (PREPARE) Act – would allow the Small Business Administration to make low-interest, fixed rate loans of up to $500,000 to small businesses to invest in their properties to protect their facilities, real estate and contents from natural disasters.
“This bill has wide-reaching benefits to the marina and boatyard industry,” said Association of Marina Industries (AMI) legislative outreach coordinator Eric Kretsch. “Small businesses constitute a large portion of our industry, and by nature, we’re located in vulnerable areas. This program will provide another mechanism to upgrade infrastructure and increase the resilience of our industry to natural disasters.” For more.
AMI with other industry partners spearhead letter to Congress on expanding relief to small businesses
April 13, 2020
While the CARES Act included several provisions to bring initial relief to industry, the pandemic's impact on small and medium-sized businesses is still ongoing and threatens to be lasting. While this effort represented a significant step to help the business community navigate these troubled waters, more relief is needed as AMI members face unprecedented challenges.
Boating industry representatives are already communicating with the administration and members of Congress to ensure additional legislation goes further to protect employees and support small businesses. For more...
AMI with industry partners seek to clarify marinas as essential business
March 31, 2020
Across the nation, forty-three states have issued state or countywide mandates ordering residents to stay home and non-essential businesses to close in-person operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these states have been referencing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) guidelines on essential versus non-essential businesses.
On Saturday, March 28, the CISA released updated guidance to aid state and local officials in the decision-making process. The intention of these guideless is to identify and manage essential workforce designations while states and local jurisdictions develop responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boating industry notches win on harbor funding in coronavirus package
March 26, 2020
Buried within the 800-page heft of the Senate's coronavirus package is a treat for Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala): a provision he's long-sought that would make it easier for Congress to dole out money for harbor dredging.
The provision, which lacks any apparent tie to the coronavirus pandemic but does help ports that need dredging work like the one in Mobile, Ala., exempts Army Corps of Engineers funding provided through the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund from discretionary spending caps. Fights over harbor maintenance funding have repeatedly delayed must-pass legislation, notably a disaster relief package in May 2019.
House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who also supports the language, said its inclusion the relief package H.R. 748 (116) would make the nation’s ports safer and protect jobs related to the maritime industry around the country.
“Requiring that fees already collected by the federal government are used for their intended purpose — to ensure our ports and harbors are fully operational — will help ensure our ports and harbors are fully maintained and that our nation can quickly recover once this outbreak is contained and over,” he said in a statement.For more.
Update on COVID-19 response package
March 16, 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have reached an agreement on the second round of Coronavirus legislation. The agreement received the President's support and passed with bipartisan votes shortly after midnight Saturday morning. The Senate is expected to take a vote on it early this week and we anticipate that it will pass. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already announced that the Democrats have begun drafting a third round of legislation that would focus primarily on the economic impacts of the virus, once that is known with more clarity. This third round has been likened to the level of relief that was passed back in 2009.
We attempt to break down the provisions of the bill, but it is important to double-check any provision once it may be applicable to you and to note that these provisions are still subject to change once the Senate takes up the bill.
The current response package is primarily focused on the healthcare concerns and immediate potential life-or-death impacts. Through various mechanisms, the bill covers the costs of testing for both insured and uninsured individuals. To slow the spread of the virus, the bill mandates paid sick leave and family leave. Eligible employees are granted two weeks paid leave and up to 10 additional weeks of job-protected emergency leave. This can be due to their own illness or to care for an at-risk family member or to care for a child who no longer can go to school or if a child-care provider is unavailable due to the coronavirus.
Read AMI's email on COVID-19, including resources to help your business
Visit our partner, the Marine Retailers Association of Americas', COVID-19 page for great resources
Rep. Robert Wittman of Virginia speaks at AMI congressional briefing
February 14, 2020
The briefing opened with Representative Rob Wittman (District 1, Virginia), a strong supporter of the marine trades, working waterfronts, and Chesapeake Bay restoration speaking about the importance of recognizing the impact of climate change on maritime businesses in the years to come. Congressman Wittman’s office sponsored the event. For more.
From left to right: Jimmy Mackey (Virginia Marine Trades Association President), Representative Rob Wittman (VA-1), Eric Kretsch (Association of Marina Industries Legislative Coordinator), and Rick Chapman (Midwest Marina Association President)
AMI to host Congressional briefing on working waterfronts and marinas
February 10, 2020
On February 11, the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) will host its first-ever House Congressional briefing on infrastructure and climate. AMI is hosting this event in partnership with the National Working Waterfronts Network, a nation-wide network of businesses, industry associations, non-profits, local governments and communities, state and federal agencies, universities, Sea Grant Programs, and individuals dedicated to supporting, preserving and enhancing the nation’s working waterfronts. Members of AMI’s board of directors will present on multiple topics of importance to marinas. For more.
AMI to co-host 2020 American Boating Congress
December 20, 2019
The Association of Marina Industries is happy to announce it will co-host the American Boating Congress in 2020. The American Boating Congress is the premier event for the boating industry in Washington DC. Industry leaders meet with their elected officials to discuss legislation and its impact on the boating industry. AMI will be hosting a half-day track of meetings for board members and legislative committee members. If you are interested in joining AMI's Legislative Committee contact Eric Kretsch at 202-350-9623 or [email protected] To register for and attend the American Boating Congress visit http://www.nmma.org/advocacy/abc.
AMI celebrates introduction of Sportfish Restoration Act reauthorization
October 23, 2019
On Wednesday, Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA-06) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC-01) – members of the Congressional Boating Caucus – introduced legislation to reauthorize and restore the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund) – a $650 million program established at the behest of recreational boaters and anglers in 1950 to pay for conservation and infrastructure projects in all 50 states. Reauthorization of the Trust Fund is a long-standing priority of AMI as part of the work we do to support recreational boating infrastructure and conservation efforts. AMI hopes for the swift passage of this reauthorization.
AMI releases 2019 Marina Rates and Infrastructure Survey
October 1, 2019
This survey will be open until November 21, 2019 and collects information on rates for various boat dockage options. The study also collects data on the ages of infrastructure at the time of renovation or repair. Anyone who completes the survey will receive a free final report in January 2020. All of AMI's surveys are written by the marina industry for the marina industry; our goal is to answer the questions you have. If you have any questions or comments about AMI surveys, please contact Eric Kretsch at [email protected]
To take the survey visit here: https://marinaassociation.org/amisurveys
AMI applauds swift approval of Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill trough Committee
August 8, 2019
Last week, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee unanimously approved the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019 (S. 2297). The legislation includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the 142 million Americans who take to the water each year. Like its companion legislation that the U.S. House of Representatives approved in mid-July, the Senate bill includes a provision that would mandate the wear of engine cut-off devices for boats under 26 feet while under way. This builds upon the important steps taken last year when Congress required manufacturers to install these devices in most boats under 26 feet. For more.
America's Transportation and Infrastructure Act to include funds for climate resilience
July 30, 2019
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019.
The bill invests $4.9 billion over five years in a new resiliency program to protect roads and bridges from natural disasters such as wildfires, and extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding, and mudslides. The new program will include both formula and grant funding. This program will distribute funding to states based on their current formula share. From the $4.9 billion, it establishes an annual competition ($1 billion over five years) for resiliency projects nationwide, including projects designed to improve resilience in coastal states and funds for emergency evacuation routes. For more.
AMI applauds lift of Mexico, Canada, USA aluminum and steel tariffs
May 21, 2019
On Monday, Trade Only Today reported that Canada and Mexico canceled retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum, known as the Section 232 tariffs. The Canadian tariffs, not only impacted boat building costs, but dock and gangway production leading to higher prices in upgrading or repairing marina facilities. The canceled tariffs are a good sign that a longer-term thaw may be coming. For more.
AMI hosts congressional meetings for board members
May 14, 2019
On the second day of the American Boating Congress, AMI board members joined AMI staff and Jason Ortega from LobbyIt in a round of Capitol Hill meetings. Board member John Swick (Safe Harbor Marinas) and a past-president Jeff Rose (Safe Harbor Marinas) visited the offices of Michael Burgess (R-TX), Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). AMI meetings focused on bills to support working waterfront revitalization and resilience to a changing economy and climate. The measures would make investing in waterfront communities easier for marina businesses looking to bring new users to the waterfront. For more.
(From left to right: Jeff Rose (Safe Harbor Marinas), Eric Kretsch (AMI), and John Swick (Safe Harbor Marinas))
AMI submits comments on year round E-15 sales
April 29, 2019
On Monday, AMI urged the EPA to abandon the proposed regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be sold during the summer months, citing that the current proposal fails to provide sufficient misfueling safeguards. Higher ethanol blends, including E15, destroy boat engines leading to costly repairs and dangers maintenance issues.
Related, AMI joined a coalition of leading industry associations in support of E15 alternatives, including isobutanol, which promises a safer renewable fuel alternative to E15. Isobutanol has been shown to have no adverse or dangerous effects when blended with gasoline at moderate blends.
AMI releases 2019 Marina Government Lease Survey
March 26, 2019
This survey conducted in Winter 2018/2019 by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) asked marinas who have lease agreements with government agencies to submit information on length of the lease, rent calculations, and rates, as well as, on other particulars of the agreement. For more.
AMI applauds Interior prioritization of recreation access
March 21, 2019
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), of which AMI is a member, announced today that the U.S. Department of Interior released a Secretarial Order that will help prevent the sale of public lands important to outdoor recreation while ensuring that public access is a key consideration in land exchanges. For more.
Aquatic Invasive Species Coalition submits a comment on USACE Brandon Road Study
January 4, 2019
An Aquatic Invasive Species Coalition including AMI, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, BoatUS, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, many state trade associations, and others submitted a letter in support of the report and adding additional comments. The Brandon Road project is the best near-term plan to protect the natural resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem against Asian carp.
The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource for freshwater recreational boating and fishing. Over $1.8 million anglers fish the Great Lakes and its tributaries, contributing $13.3 billion to the economy. Read the letter.
AMI applauds US Senate approval of Modern Fish Act
December 18, 2018
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (S. 1520), also known as the Modern Fish Act. The Act responsibly expands recreation fishing opportunities through enhanced fishery and conservation management. AMI sees this as a major victory for recreational boating, which will have positive impacts on the industry. Read more.
AMI releases survey to gather information on government-related leases
December 11, 2018
The survey, open until mid-January, will help the Association gather information on government-related leases. This information will be used to advocate on behalf of the marina/boatyard industry. The resulting report will also help marina operators negotiate their long-term leases with government lessors.
To take the survey visit AMI's survey page; www.marinaassociation.org/amisurveys.
AMI sends two experts to present at National Electric Code 2nd Draft Meeting
October 24, 2018
AMI is sending two marina electrical experts, Ed Lethert and Capt. David Rifkin, to present on electric shock drowning and the 2017 National Electric Code's negative impact. More importantly, they are there to educate members of the code making panel on the specifics of marina electrical systems and share new data on electrical interruptions at marina facilities due to the 2017 code.
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Welcomes Final Release of First-Ever Government Statistics on Industry's Contributions to the U.S. Economy
September 20, 2018
Washington, D.C. - The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), of which the Association of Marina Industries is a member, today welcomed the final report on the first-ever government statistics recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant contributor to the U.S. economy. Read more
2018 Beacon Award Winners Apply Technology to Enhance Recreation in America's Great Outdoors
June 8, 2018
Washington, D.C. - Five federal initiatives have won Beacon Awards in 2018 from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) for outstanding successes in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management. Winners were selected from efforts of multiple federal agencies. The Beacon Awards were created in 2005 to encourage federal agencies’ experimentation with and use of new technologies and alternative communications channels to enhance the experiences of visitors to the nation’s public lands. For more.
AMI awarded Ambassador Award at American Boating Congress
May 23, 2018
Washington, DC - The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) received the American Boating Congress Ambassador Award, which is given to the ABC Co-Host who has the most significant promotion of the American Boating Congress. For more.
AMI an early industry sponsor for RI Fiberglass Boat Recycling Pilot Project
May 23, 2018
Warren, RI - The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) recently announced an early industry sponsorship of the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Project. This project is a joint effort of Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and Rhode Island Sea Grant. For more.
AMI sends testimony to Mass State Senate
May 23, 2018
Last week, AMI submitted testimony to the Massachusetts State Senate supporting Amendment 301 to the Senate Budget Bill, SB 4, which would provide the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) $100,000 in funding for workforce development, helping to build and support workforce development programs that create qualified technical works to fill outstand jobs in the marine trades. For more.
ORR Sees Benefits from Interior Modernization and Reorganization Plans
May 22, 2018
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) commended Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s efforts to reorganize and modernize the U.S. Department of the Interior in a letter dated May 17, 2018. The Department of the Interior is a massive organization, with over 70,000 employees, an annual budget of more than $11 billion, and 2,400 operating areas. ORR pointed out that, despite its size, the Department has not undergone significant structural revision in more than 100 years. For more.
AMI to Co-Host 2018 American Boating Congress
Washington DC (May 1, 2018)
AMI for a second consecutive year will co-host the American Boating Congress. This year's event, taking place May 9 - 11, 2018, bring together boating industry advocates, stakeholders, policymakers, and more. Anyone who works in the recreational marine industry can attend and AMI encourages marina owners, operators, employers, and employees to join us. This year ABC brings exciting speakers, including Chris Wallace, award-winning journalist, and host of Fox News Sunday. See you at the American Boating Congress.
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Welcomes Department of Interior's New Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee
Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2018)
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) today welcomed the U.S. Department of the Interior's announcement of the members of the newly-established Outdoor recreation Advisory Committee. The Committee is charged with finding solutions that will improve and conserve America's public parks, lands, and waters through strategic public-private partnerships. For more.
AMI releases 2017 Marina Trends Report
February 27, 2018
The Association of Marina Industries just released the 2017 Marina Trends Survey Report. Coordinated with Marina Dock Age Magazine, the report is based on an online survey that was distributed to marinas throughout the country in the fall of 2017. The survey was completed by over two hundred and thirty marinas. Portions of the report were presented at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference and also in the December issue of Marina Dock Age. For more.
AMI representative joins ORR Government Relations Committee
February 21, 2018
Eric Kretsch, Legislative Coordinator of AMI, joined as a member of the Government Relations Committee of the newly formed Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable formed recently with the convergence of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR). ORIR was a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation associations, of which AMI was a member.
Priorities for the Government Relations Committee are to continue federal support for the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account, the passage of the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act, and a comprehensive Recreation Bill. These efforts will support the growth of the outdoor recreation industry for future years.
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Welcomes Government Recognition
of Industry as GDP Contributor
Washington DC (February 14, 2018)
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), of which the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) is a member, today applauded the release of the first-ever government report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). For more.
American Recreation Coalition and Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable join to form Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR)
February 13, 2018
AMI along with the National Marine Manufacturer's Association, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, BoatUS and other outdoor recreation industry groups announce the formation of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), a powerful unified entity that will provide a strong voice for outdoor recreation across America. The new organization combines the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, a coalition of America's leading outdoor recreation trade associations, which was formed in 2017, and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), an organization of recreation interests that has had a significant and positive impact on outdoor recreation for more than three decades. Read more.
AMI and Marina Dock Age release 2018 Marina Operations Survey
January 25, 2018
The 2018 Marina Operations Survey is open and will be until February 23th, 2018!
Association of Marina Industries and Marina Dock Age Magazine have teamed up again to distribute an annual survey for the marina and boatyard industry. The survey is a follow up to the annual industry survey, focused on infrastructure and amenities, employee training and other environmental/renovation practices.
The results of this survey are completely anonymous. Thank you in advance for your participation. We value your input, and our overall results are strengthened by each response. Please encourage your colleagues to participate!
Find the survey HERE!
Outdoor Recreation Industry Praises Interiors's Creation of New Recreation Advisory Committee - Update 01/02/18
Washington DC (November 6, 2017)
The U.S. Department of the Interior is devoting important new resources to outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters. Secretary Ryan Zinke today announced the creation of a Recreation Advisory Committee to help improve visitor experiences through expanded public-private partnerships. The committee will be “dedicated to looking at public-private partnerships across all public lands, to expand access to and improve the infrastructure on public lands.” For more.
Watch Made in America: The All-American Outdoor Experience here
AMI submits comments on Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) to Section 555.3 of the 2017 National Electric Code
December 21st, 2017
The marina industry is one step closer to relief from the 2017 National Electric Code. The industry seems slow to catch on to the potential issues and impacts of the current NEC codes. Section 555.3 requires marinas to have 30mA protection at the main breaker feeding the marina. This level of protection is likely to cause major electric supply disruptions at marina facilities, while it is unsure whether or not it increases marina safety. The intent of TIA 1348 is to bring emergency relief to marinas who are finding it difficult to conduct normal operations and comply with the codes. AMI is offering suggestions to the language to reduce confusion in the application of the code.
Read comments HERE
AMI staff attends IBEX special session on disaster relief and recovery - Updated (11/9/17)
September 20, 2017
IBEX 2017 held a special session on disaster relief. This little over an hour session focused on what to do at your facility after experiencing a natural disaster. See this September's Legislative Report for preliminary information from the session. You can find resources provided by NMMA here. Stay tuned for more information from the session as it becomes available by IBEX.
See the session video from IBEX here.
AMI, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable submits letter on disaster relief
October 25, 2017
As part of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), AMI joined other outdoor recreation groups to deliver a strong and unified message to Congress and the Administration about the importance of including recreation in disaster recovery efforts following recent hurricanes.
The letter to Congress, co-signed by 20 outdoor recreation groups, including AMI, notes, “As you determine a path forward to restore and rebuild the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the outdoor recreation industry asks for your focus on recreational infrastructure throughout the process. While reestablishing recreational opportunities are important to return a sense of cultural normalcy to these affected states, outdoor recreation is also an important economic driver. Restoring and improving recreational access and facilities will help provide necessary and important economic recovery in the U.S., specifically in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.”
Adding, “Extreme high water, strong winds, and surge from these storms caused exponential damage to bridges, boat ramps, docks, piers, and navigational aids as well as erosion and structural damage to recreational facilities and access points in our local, state and national parks. The damage is not just of recreational importance, but also of public safety.”
Read ORIR’s full letter to Congress here
NMMA, AMI, and state trade associations submit letters on Harvey and Irma relief
September 19, 2017
AMI joined the National Marine Manufacturing Association and other trade associations to members of the Texas and Florida federal delegation to elevate awareness on the impact Hurricane Harvey and Irma had on marinas and boating infrastructure in Texas and Florida respectively. See an example of the Florida and Texas letters.