May 2019   

Dear MRA Members and Friends;


I am writing this heading into Memorial Weekend, and I am beyond ready for some warm weather!  There was actually a hail storm in Ventura County a few days back.  In late-May??  I know that this area of the coast has very mild weather, but I am so looking forward to some summer weather.
 
Memorial Weekend is a time to remember all of the men and women who do and have served in our military, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives protecting our nation.  I know it is an understatement, but we would not be near the great nation we are today without the sacrifice that the millions of our military personnel made throughout the history of our country.  We are owners and managers in an industry that benefits from a large percentage of active and retired military and their families.  I hope you are able to do everything you can to recognize our military brethren, particularly this weekend.
 
I want to provide an update on one of the key legislative efforts we are supporting this year.  If you attended the California Boating Congress, you heard State Assemblymember Jim Wood speak about the 365-day fishing license proposal, which would change the state's fishing license from a calendar year license to a rolling 365-day license.  This is an initiative that makes all the sense in the world, but has failed in congress for a number of years.  From our perspective, passage of this legislation (Assembly Bill 1387) will enhance fishing, which will in turn enhance boating and our industry.  The bill is currently on the Assembly Floor, and the California Sportfishing League led by Marko Mlikotin has garnered the support of over 60 national and state organizations in support of this legislation, so the push is on.  I will keep you posted.
 
As always, may you have great navigating into the future.
 
Mark


Earlier this month the State Auditors Office released the findings of their audit of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) which was requested by a bipartisan coalition of legislators and approved by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in August of 2018. The legislative coalition led by Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) included Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (R-Escondido), Senator Jerry Hill, (D-San Mateo), and Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) requested the audit investigate the organization's enforcement activities, adherence to its mission as well as funding and operational needs and structure.

"The State Auditor's comprehensive report makes abundantly clear that a legislative audit request of BCDC was absolutely necessary," stated Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin. "As I suspected, the State Auditor has found that the Commission has struggled to perform key responsibilities related to consistent enforcement and as a result, has allowed ongoing harm to the Bay."     

BCDC was created by the McAteer-Petris Act of 1965, with the specific purpose of regulating development within the definition of the San Francisco Bay to prevent haphazard bay fill.  For more than 50 years BCDC activities have served to protect the environment and provide greater public access. The intensification of sea level rise will challenge the resources and resourcefulness of BCDC as its role in protecting the Bay will come under greater scrutiny.  

The audit request was made as a result of a series of enforcement actions against BCDC permit holders which raised concerns about the organization's approach and strategy. Permit holders had complained about an inconsistent application of standards and lack of proper record keeping, while others felt the enforcement process was arbitrary and minor violations received the same weight and consideration as more serious violations that actually caused harm to the environment.

"The State Auditor's comprehensive report reveals a commission in critical need of focused leadership and organization. This longstanding vacuum has led to an agency that is not fulfilling its mission to protect our Bay. I wholly concur with the Auditor's recommendations to address this serious problem," said Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. 

"I'm pleased with the efforts of the State Auditor's Office to conduct this audit," stated Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron.  "Unfortunately, I'm disappointed with the results, which reveal an arbitrary and capricious regulatory process at the BCDC, thanks to an inadequately supervised bureaucracy that has been allowed to run amok.  At a minimum, all fines and penalties should be suspended until the Commission and Legislature can establish a clear and consistent investigation and enforcement process, update regulations to clearly define violations and related fines, and ensure that the BCDC has its house in order."

"BCDC plays a critical role in the environmental health and safety of the Bay, and enforcement is a key component of that work," noted Assemblymember Marc Berman.  "The State Auditor's thorough review identifies weaknesses in BCDC's current enforcement process, but provides a valuable roadmap for both the Legislature and the Commission to prevent further harm to the San Francisco Bay."

"Today's audit report provides us with an opportunity to refocus BCDC on its core mission; to protect the overall health and environment of the Bay and Suisun Marsh," Speaker pro Mullin stated.  "Somehow, BCDC got off track. If the public is to have faith in this institution and if BCDC is going to be successful in addressing the serious issue of sea level rise consistency must return to BCDC leadership. The Legislature will be addressing this issue going forward."


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If you refuel your boat at a gas station be aware that any fuel with more than 10 % ethanol (E10) is prohibited for use in marine engines


Here are 6 Ways Boaters Can Be Green This Summer

All across America boating season has begun. With some help from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, here are six ways boaters can help keep waters clean and be good environmental stewards all summer long.
  1. Cleaning and waxing: When making your boat sparkle, understand that some general cleaning soaps may have harmful chemicals, so consider using alternate cleaning methods.  You'd be surprised, for example, of how effective (and affordable) having a spray bottle with the proper mix of white vinegar and water can be as an all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Waste management: A simple thing like having a trash bin aboard can make a difference, especially in a crowded Saturday afternoon anchorage. Ensure it has a lid that can be secured to prevent trash from blowing overboard. The presence of a trash can, and ensuring everyone aboard knows where it is, will encourage guests be good environmental stewards as well.
  3. Sewage handling: If you have a head aboard, ensure it's in good working condition. Also familiarize yourself with how to use a pumpout correctly. Mistakes here can make it into family lore. Before you go to the pumpout location, call ahead to ensure it's operating, advise of your boat length and ask if there are any restrictions on getting access to the pump as it may be in a tight location. The good news is that many are inexpensive or free.
  4. Fuel efficiency: In addition to having the engine tuned, have you had last season's propeller dings fixed? You'd be surprised what a little time in a prop shop can do for a boat's fuel economy. Other places to look to save gas: Are you carrying around a bunch of extra junk (weight) in lockers? Are your trim tabs in good working order? Balancing the load, especially in smaller boats, not only improves efficiency but safety as well.
  5. Fishing: While everyone wants to have the biggest catch after a long day of fishing, it's important to practice selective harvesting. This encourages you to keep more midsized fish and release the biggest ones as they're more likely to reproduce next season. Use circle hooks to minimize damage, and do your best never to leave fishing line in the water. Encourage your community's line recycling by making a monofilament fishing line recycling bin and start a recycling program at your boating and fishing club, launch ramp or marina.
  6. Refueling: Check out this short refueling tips video. Never use hands-free clips, and avoid any distractions while fueling. Fuel expands as temperatures rise, so don't top off your tank. Know how much fuel your tank holds and fill it to about 90%. Clean up fuel spills immediately with an oil-only absorbent pad. The U.S. Coast Guard must be notified if a spill creates sheen on the water. Call the Coast Guard National Response Center at 800-424-8802 to report a spill.  If you are refueling at a gas station, ensure you do not refuel your marine engine with E15 (15% ethanol) fuel or greater blends as this is against the law and will void your engine's warranty.
About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses - including 36 free state courses - can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.
Tiger Docks Designs and Installs New Kayak Center for Village West Marina

Tiger Docks recently completed construction on a new Kayak center, called The Fourteen Mile Kayak, at Village West Marina and Resort, in Stockton, CA. Located in the heart of the Northern California Delta, along the fourteen mile slough, are 680 covered boat slips with 20 open slips that can accommodate boats from 20' to 80' in length. In an effort to understand the marinas vision, Jason Howarth, Tiger Docks VP of Commercial Sales & Project Development, wanted to know what Harbormaster, Tim Fontaine's ultimate goal was by adding the new kayak center, given the extensive amenities the marina currently has. Tim proudly stated "Village West Marina and Resort understands the importance of introducing new boaters to the recreational boating industry. By building a kayak and paddleboard rental center, we will be able to accomplish this. With beautiful sunsets, great fishing and the capability for recreation and leisure, the California Delta is the perfect environment for introducing new boaters of all ages to the industry."   The new kayak storage dock consists of 736 total square footage with 480 square feet enclosed, and 256 square feet covered. This will give the marina room to secure approximatley 34 kayaks and paddle boards, paddles, and lifejackets, all behind a 6'steel roll-up security door. It also includes skylight roof panels to allow for natural lighting. The concrete decking and composite band board provides a maintenance free exterior for the marina staff. The enclosed building will allow both kayaks and paddled boards to be stored inside overnight and be used as a rental facility during the day. The new addition includes both a kayak launch platform, as well as a 16' water level paddle board launch.

Trying to retrofit the new kayak storage dock to the existing docks in the space the marina allowed, as well as matching up the freeboard height, was the biggest challenge on the project. Tiger Docks design team went to work creating a facility that not only fit perfectly in the allotted space, but also fulfilled the marinas exact needs for accommodating their clientele. Nick Davis, COO of Tiger Docks remarked "The advantage to working with Tiger Docks is when our standard dock frames won't fit, we have the ability to make custom frames that will fit." Davis went on to say, "Tiger Docks can design a custom solution for any marina wanting to expand or upgrade."
 
With the addition of the new enclosed kayak center, Village West Marina and Resort will be able to employ more workers from seasonal to full time. There are multiple local high schools and colleges in the area to draw from. Their facility will continue to offer a great work opportunity and experience for these students and others in the community.
 
When asked about his experience working with Tiger Docks, Fontaine stated "Tiger Docks was really easy to work with. From design work, to delivery and install, Tiger Docks made the process seamless." He went on to say, "The Tiger Docks staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and easy to work with, which made for a great experience."
 
The 45 year old, award winning resort, provides recreational boaters with more amenities than any other Delta marina. Tim said "Village West Marina and Resort is proud to continue to offer this new service to the community. Customers who thought they may never get to have some kind of 'On-the-Water' or 'Delta Experience' will now have that opportunity, with a short drive, to a great location." At Village West Marina and Resort, you will also find a convenience store, guest docks, gas docks, two restaurants, a service and detail facility, a yacht sales office, new fishing dock, waterfront vacation rentals, RV Park, showers, restrooms, and a laundry facility.

With Marine Recreation Association being the largest professional organization of marina, boatyard, hospitality, and other marine industry owners and operators located throughout the western United States with additional members in Canada, Mexico, and Australia, our mission is to provide a united voice in representing the interests of the boating industry, and to help educate and inform in all areas of recreational boating. MRA would like to welcome the following companies to our association:
 
 
Cabrillo Way Marina
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
Marina Harbor Anchorage

To all of our MRA Members and Future Members 

I am currently in Los Angeles with Malcom Morgan presenting the last of four regional training seminars on "Shock Hazards: Code Compliance and Corrosion in the Marina". The turnout for this set has been tremendous!
 
The next set of regional training seminars on Legal Issues in the Day-to-Day Operation of Marinas - Dealing With Common Problems presented by Phil Weiss will take place in June at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond and California Yacht Marina in San Pedro. Details are available on our website at: http://www.marina.org/thetraining.html.
 
SAVE THE DATE for the 48th Annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show that will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines on October 21 - 23, 2019. The planning for this event starts in early February at the Board of Directors Annual Planning Meeting. Information is now available on our website at http://www.marina.org/2019conference/. Early registration for attendees ends July 31, 2019.
 
To our trade members, please send me your press releases on new products or services you might have. The Trade Member Highlight section is a free opportunity to advertise them! I am reaching out to all of you and asking you to send me a press release when you have a new product or service that you would like for us to highlight. There will be one each month and will be placed according to submission date. This is one more way for us to promote your support and dedication to the association. We would also like to be included in your list of press release recipients.
 
As the association continues to grow, we will be welcoming our new members who join in each issue. If you know any of the new members listed in this issue, please welcome them aboard!  
 
Many times the contact name for membership changes during the year and unless it is around renewal time, we may not be aware of the change. Please take a look at your profile and make sure to let us know if there are any changes in contact names, addresses, phone and fax numbers or email addresses so we can have the most up-to-date information for you. Also, if you do not have at least 1 logo and 1 photo (of your marina or product) please email them to mra@marina.org so they can be uploaded. You can now also add a YouTube video if you have one.
 
Thank you,
 
Mariann Timms
Operations Administrator
Email: timms@marina.org

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