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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 5 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 5 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 the 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 costs 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 bills 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;

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 CommitteeUpdate 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.