Weekly 5: Critics challenge New York boating safety law
The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.
1. Critics challenge New York boating safety law
The ink of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature is barely dry on New York’s new boater safety law, but critics are already contending they aren’t strict enough.
The new law requires any operator of a powerboat to take and pass a boater safety course, but the rule will be phased in over several years, with anyone currently over 18 being grandfathered in. That’s the element that many opponents have an issue with, saying it doesn’t go far enough.
2. Kansas officials speak out against boat tax cut
A big win for the boating industry earlier this year is coming under fire by some local officials in Kansas, who say the lost revenue will hurt local programs.
Last year, Kansas residents voted to give the state legislature the ability to cut the tax rate on watercraft. Proponents cited the marked decrease in Kansas boat sales and registrations compared to neighboring states, all of which had lower tax rates. Local boat dealers say they expect to sell more boats as the tax change takes effect.
3. Rob Portman hits the water
A fun little throwaway, but maybe there’s another high-profile ally for boating on Capital Hill. Roll Call documents Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and his recent project building boat storage under his home. Besides serving in the Senate, Portman also worked in the Bush administration and was reportedly on the shortlist to be Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012.
4. School program hits the water
The North Providence, R.I., school district is launching a new marine technology education program that administrators hope will spread statewide. The program should also help generate youth interest in the marine industry, one of the important steps to growing the segment. The students will build boats with the help of City Sail Inc., a nonprofit organization that teaches boat building and sailing.
5. Running a Google+ contest
We hear a lot about running a contest on Facebook – but what about using Google+? Social Media Examiner offers some advice on getting it done.