BoatUS Supports Working Waterfronts Bill

Bar Harbor, photo by ##http://newenglandboating.com/photographers/joe-devenney## Joe Devenney##

BoatUS is urging its members to support the Keep America’s Waterfront Working Act of 2011.

Working waterfronts are those parts of town at the water’s edge dotted with marine-dependent businesses—marinas, boatyards and haul-out facilities—that are crucial to recreational boating. However, in some areas these businesses are struggling as municipalities grapple with development pressures and poor planning.

To protect these businesses and the boating infrastructure, Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine has introduced the “Keep America’s Waterfront Working Act of 2011” (H.R. 3109) in Congress. BoatUS is urging boaters to ask their Congressional representatives to sign-on as co-sponsors of the bill.

“Boaters rely on such small businesses to provide critical access to the water and essential services for their vessels and families,” said BoatUS Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs Ryck Lydecker. “If Pingree’s bill passes, it would be an extremely positive step in preserving access, facilities and services for recreational boaters and anglers.”

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