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FYI: June 2002

FYI — June 2002
By Brad Dunn

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• Part 1: Balancing Act, and more
• Part 2: Box Office Boating, and More!
 
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Balancing Act
Hailed as a victory for boaters, a new manatee bill in Florida, which struck a critical balance among environmental groups and boating advocates, was signed into law in April.

Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed the bill, which takes effect on July 1st, after state legislators volleyed the draft until a compromise could be made. In the end, the bill was approved by both the state House and Senate because it "balanced the rights of boaters with the protection of manatees," says Bonnie Bashum, a lobbyist for the boaters' rights group Standing Watch. Bashum calls it a "humongous" victory for the boating community.

The bill includes five major points that are seen as a victory for boaters, including, for the first time, a clear acknowledgment of boaters' rights. The law provides that future speed zones must balance the need for boaters' water access with the need for manatee protection. It also reinstates seasonal speed zones, which boaters endorsed, and the establishment of local committees to review proposed rule changes to waterways. Finally, the bill establishes a system of measurable biological goals to define manatee recovery, which adds a scientific apparatus to the decision-making process that sets boating limits on waterways.

ON SHELVES: 20x20
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JUNE
May 30-June 2.
The Dana Point Harbor In-Water Boat Show in Dana Point, CA. (866) DPH-BOAT.
May 30-June 2. The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Queensland, Australia. (61) 7 5530 8400
3-6. Nevada Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. (312) 946-6200
5-9. The Spring Boat Show in Pomona, California. (714) 633-7581
14-17. The South Florida Boat Show in Miami. (954) 946-6164

NEWSBRIEFS
In March, Hunt Yachts of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, completed its acquisition of CCI Composites, which manufactures the new Hunt lineup, including the Hunt 36, Hunt 33, and Hunt 25 Surfhunter. CCI and Hunt Yachts have been partners for more than three years. Most of CCI's staff will stay on to continue building the popular Hunt models, says company president Winn Willard. All of the boats built by the teams are designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates of Boston. ...This month the Marine Environmental Education Foundation (MEEF) will hold its annual National Clean Boating Campaign Celebration in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A partnership of marine industry organizations and environmental groups, MEEF promotes responsible usage of water resources by all boaters and boatbuilders. The free event, which is slated for June 25 at Ross's Landing, combines interactive games and exhibits to teach boaters how to avoid polluting waterways. ...Two of the world's most recognized names in yacht brokerage are joining forces. The Allied Marine Group and Richard Bertram Yachts will market and sell Tiara, Azimut, Bertram, and Ferretti under the name Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group. The new organization will also open a megayacht brokerage services and charter office in Fort Lauderdale representing Benetti. Phone: (954) 462-5527.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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