FY: June 2003 Page 2
|FYI — June 2003|
|By Brad Dunn|
WORD WITH... MICHAEL JOYCE
You used to publish your own editorial columns in your ads. What was
your goal with those often politically charged articles?
Reacting to a rise in boating accidents, the State Assembly recently proposed that all recreational powerboaters attend a mandatory safety course. (Sailors are thus far not affected.) The legislation calls for school to start in 2004 and requires boaters to carry certification that they passed the course.
The requirement will likely be phased in over four years, in the following manner. By June 2004 boaters under the age of 35 will be required to pass the course. The following June the requirement will extend to boaters under the age of 45, and the June after that, it will extend to those under 55. In June 2007 it will extend to all boaters in the state.
At presstime the measure was slated for a vote in early May.
With South Florida facing a major crunch on boat slips, the North Bay Civic Association rallied support for their beloved marina and held a public meeting in March, where boaters signed petitions to protect what few docks they had left. The Army Corps of Engineers entertained the group's pleas that the Wiggins Tower Marina in North Naples not be torn down to make way for two luxury towers.
"Most residents in this area, who store their boats at the marina, want it to be saved," says Doug Fee, the association's president and founder.
Eco-Group, the Tampa-based developer, wants to raze the marina and construct two high-rise residential towers. Before that can happen, however, the area must be re-zoned as residential. Lawmakers in Collier County were expected to vote by May.
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.