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April E Newsletter 2021

April E Newsletter 2021

                                                                                         April 2021  

From the Helm

To all our valued members,

We are gearing up for our first Educational Conference in two years. It will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego. Your board of directors recently went through conference details and I got excited about the quality of the general sessions and breakout sessions.

This year’s pre conference events in the works are a possible behind the scenes tour of Scripps Institute, play the South Course at Torrey Pines or attend our new Basic Marina Operations seminar that will focus on Electrical Shock Hazards and Fire Maintenance.

Ken Seipel, CEO of West Marine will provide his perspective on our industry as one of our keynote speakers and as in past years, we will have Legislative updates Nationally and for California along with an economic forecast update. We are also working on getting Robert Newsome from NMMA to provide us his opinion of the state of our industry. Robert is always informative and entertaining. 

The afternoons are filled with quality breakout sessions ranging from climate change, future trends in boat design focusing on whether your marina is prepared to accommodate the boat of the future. Boat Rental Best Practices, TMDL, customer service, insurance, ADA web accessibility and more.

Each evening will provide opportunities to enjoy each other’s company and spend additional time with the vendors that support our industry. Beverages will be provided.

Look for more information to follow and take advantage of the discount for early sign up which will end June 30th

Put October 11 through 13 on your calendar to be at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines as I have. I look forward to seeing you there. 


Scott Robertson



Save The Date For The 49th Annual MRA Educational Conference And Trade Show _________________________________


MRA Bill Report

AB 332 -

(Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials) Hazardous waste: treated wood waste: management standards.

* Introduced: 1/27/2021
* Last Amend: 3/26/2021
* Status: 4/15/2021-Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

* Location: 4/14/2021-A. CONSENT CALENDAR

* Summary: Would require a person managing treated wood waste to comply with the hazardous waste control laws or the management standards established in the bill, including standards for the reuse, storage, treatment, transportation, tracking, identification, and disposal of treated wood waste, as provided. The bill would limit those standards to treated wood waste that is hazardous only because of a preservative present in or on the wood, and that is not subject to the existing exemption for certain wood waste or to regulation as a hazardous waste under federal law.

Signed onto Support Coalition Letter on March 29.



AB 335 -

(Boerner Horvath D) California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018: vessel information.

* Introduced: 1/27/2021
* Last Amend: 3/26/2021
* Status: Removed from Assembly Consent. Assembly 3rd reading.

* Location: 4/8/2021-Assembly Floor

* Summary: The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 grants a consumer various rights with regard to personal information relating to that consumer that is held by a business, including the right to direct a business not to sell, as defined, personal information about the consumer to third parties, as defined. This right is known as the right to opt out. The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020, approved by the voters as Proposition 24 at the November 3, 2020, statewide general election, amended, added to, and reenacted the CCPA. This bill would exempt from the right to opt out vessel information or ownership information retained or shared between a vessel dealer and the vessel’s manufacturer, if the information is shared for the purpose of effectuating or in anticipation of effectuating a vessel repair covered by a vessel warranty or a recall, as specified.

Submitted support letter March 15.

4/29 Assembly Floor Leader Reyes removed AB 335 from consent. The bill received recent opposition from the ACLU. Draft Floor Alert to MRA on 4/29.

AB 564 -

(Gonzalez, Lorena D) Biodiversity Protection and Restoration Act.

* Introduced: 2/11/2021
*Status: 4/14/2021-In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
* Location: 2/18/2021-A. A. & A.R.

* Summary: Would establish the Biodiversity Protection and Restoration Act and would provide that it is the policy of the state that all state agencies, boards, and commissions shall utilize their authorities in furtherance of the biodiversity conservation purposes and goals of certain executive orders. The bill would require all state agencies, boards, and commissions to consider and prioritize the protection of biodiversity in carrying out their statutory mandates. The bill would require strategies related to the goal of the state to conserve at least 30% of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030 to be made available to the public and provided to certain legislative committees by no later than June 30, 2022.

AB 591 -

(Villapudua D) Vessels: arrests.

* Introduced: 2/11/2021
* Status: 4/15/2021-Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.
* Location: 4/14/2021-A. CONSENT CALENDAR

* Summary: Current law generally requires every undocumented vessel, as defined, using the waters or on the waters of the state to be currently numbered. The owner of each vessel requiring numbering by the state is required to, among other things, paint on or attach to each side of the forward half of the vessel the identification number, as specified. This bill would additionally require an arresting officer to permit a person arrested for various offenses, including, among others, the failure to paint on or attach to each side of the forward half of the vessel the identification number, as specified, to execute a notice, prepared by the officer in triplicate, containing a promise to correct the violation and to deliver proof of correction to the issuing agency, unless the officer finds that a disqualifying condition exists.

Letter of support drafted April 27.

AB 817 -

(Wood D) Sport fishing licenses: electronic display: 12-consecutive-month licenses.

* Introduced: 2/16/2021
* Status: 4/12/2021-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
* Location: 
4/8/2021-A. APPR
* Summary: Would require the Department of Fish and Wildlife, on or before January 1, 2023, to provide an option to display a sport fishing license, validation, report card, or other sport fishing entitlement issued pursuant to the Fish and Game Code or regulations adopted pursuant to this code electronically on a mobile device, except as provided. The bill would provide that a person who displays a sport fishing entitlement electronically on a mobile device in accordance with this provision shall be deemed to be in compliance with any requirement to possess or affix the entitlement.


AB 1066 -

(Bloom D) Freshwater recreation sites: water quality monitoring.

* Introduced: 2/18/2021
* Last Amend: 
* Status: 
4/15/2021-Re-referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
* Location: 
3/4/2021-A. E.S. & T.M.
* Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Public Health, by regulation and in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board, local health officers, and the public, to establish, maintain, and amend, as necessary, minimum standards for the sanitation of public beaches. This bill would require, on or before December 31, 2022, the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, in consultation with the department, local health officers, and the public, to propose to the board a definition of a monitored freshwater recreation site. The bill would require the board to adopt, by regulation or resolution, a definition of a monitored freshwater recreation site informed by the definition proposed by the council. The bill would require the board, upon adoption of the definition, to identify and post on an appropriate publicly accessible internet website all monitored freshwater recreation sites in the state and require the owner or operator of a monitored freshwater recreation site to monitor the site, as prescribed, to provide certain public notifications online and through signage onsite, and to submit all monitoring data and report monitoring samples to the board.


SB 54 -

(Allen D) Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act.

* Introduced: 12/7/2020
* Last Amend: 
* Status: 
4/8/2021-Set for hearing April 26.
* Location: 
3/11/2021-S. E.Q.
* Summary: Would establish the Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act, which would prohibit producers of single-use, disposable packaging or single-use, disposable food service ware products from offering for sale, selling, distributing, or importing in or into the state such packaging or products that are manufactured on or after January 1, 2032, unless they are recyclable or compostable.


SB 273 -

(Hertzberg D) Water quality: municipal wastewater agencies.

* Introduced: 1/29/2021
* Status: 
4/20/2021-Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.
* Location: 
* Summary: Would authorize a municipal wastewater agency, as defined, to enter into agreements with entities responsible for stormwater management for the purpose of managing stormwater and dry weather runoff, to acquire, construct, expand, operate, maintain, and provide facilities for specified purposes relating to managing stormwater and dry weather runoff, and to levy taxes, fees, and charges consistent with the municipal wastewater agency’s existing authority in order to fund projects undertaken pursuant to the bill. The bill would require the exercise of any new authority granted under the bill to comply with the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000. To the extent this requirement would impose new duties on local agency formation commissions, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Letter of support drafted April 27.

SB 470 -

(Jones R) Fishing and hunting: annual combined hunting and fishing licenses.

* Introduced: 2/17/2021
* Last Amend: 
* Status: 
4/20/2021-Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
* Location: 
4/15/2021-S. APPR.
* Summary: Would create the annual combined hunting and fishing license that would grant the holder of the license the same privileges as the annual hunting and fishing licenses and that would be valid for a term of one year from the date of purchase of the license. The bill would require the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue these licenses beginning January 1, 2024. The bill would require the department to submit a report to the Legislature on or before July 1, 2023, that among others things, estimates the initial license fee necessary to fully recover the cost of developing, implementing, and administering the license and associated enforcement activities. The bill would require the Fish and Game Commission to determine the amount of the initial license fee based upon information in that report.



For the Marina Bulletin Board

National Safe Boating Week Is May 22–28:
How Can You Make Boating Safer This Season?

3 tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water

The nation’s biggest recreational boating safety event of the year, National Safe Boating Week, is right around the corner, May 22–28. The annual event helps remind boaters to keep boating safety front and center all season long. How can you be a safety hero aboard your boat? Here are three tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.

  1. The best life jacket is the one you will wear, meaning one that’s comfortable. There are many lightweight inflatable life jackets that fit the bill. Check the jacket’s label to ensure it’s approved for your type of boating. If the kids are visiting, don’t be tempted to put a child in an ill-fitting adult life jacket. The BoatUS Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner program for kids offers a free and easy way to borrow an infant, child or teen life jacket for the day or weekend with locations at nearly 600 marinas, boat clubs, and other waterfront locations across the country.
  2. Learn from what the U.S. Coast Guard boating safety reports tell us: Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. This summer, recreational boaters can focus on these factors by putting down the cellphone, practicing using S.C.A.N. procedures to avoid distracted boating, taking a free boating safety course, slowing down, and driving more defensively, especially in congested boating areas. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, so save the celebration for after the boat is safely tied up for the night. Boat operators also need to recognize they are responsible for the safety of their guests, including inebriated ones.
  3. Remember to wear an engine cutoff switch if your boat is less than 26-feet, traveling on plane or above displacement speed. Some exemptions apply to this new rule went into effect April 1, including if the vessel has an enclosed helm. Engine cutoff switches can prevent boat strike injuries after an operator has been ejected from the vessel or displaced from the helm.

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 700,000 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



Trade Member Highlight

Scribble Software NEW features and enhancements available in MARINAGO Office Version 2.25!

Scribble Software is pleased to announce new features and enhancements available in MARINAGO Office Version 2.25. These features have already been deployed to our next-generation cloud-based marina management solution and include visual map enhancements, new rental space groupings, and more!

Scribble Software has a strong history of providing businesses like yours with the tools it needs to do the job better and faster than ever before. MARINAGO Office is designed to meet you where you are and take you to the next level in management and service.


MARINAGO Office Version 2.25 Release Notes
Reservation Enhancements 
• Preferred transient space grouping has been added to MARINAGO Office. A new rental space grouping called “Preferred” was added at the top of the calendar selection for transient reservations.  All rental spaces marked as “Preferred Transient Space" will appear in this grouping.
Notifications to users regarding a "lack of utilities for reservation transfers" have been added to MARINAGO Office. When an occupancy with utilities is being transferred to a new rental space, the system will provide a notification if the user forgets to select utilities on the new rental space.
• The ability to create brackets for establishing specific rental rates determined by reservation length has been added to MARINAGO Office. Transient rates have been enhanced so that the total number of nights stayed may be used to calculate individual bracketed rates for each rental period. 


Visual Map Enhancements
• Additional color coding for rental spaces on visual maps has been added to MARINAGO Office. The visual map has been expanded with additional color options and user defined colors.
• Additional filters and color customizations have been added to MARINAGO Office. The "filter" options on the visual map have been 
expanded allowing users to visually show different statuses and types.

Point-of-Sale Enhancements
A default configuration for POS devices option has been added to MARINAGO Office. A default POS configuration can now be defined for POS devices. This default option will automatically apply towards any new device ID that is created.

Reporting Enhancements
The ability to export reports in PDF files with the report titles has been added to MARINAGO Office. All reports exported to a PDF file now include the report title.

Call or email Scribble Software's Future Markets Team to learn more about MARINAGO Office today!



Welcome New Members

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:

Commerce Hose & Industrial Products




The Last Word  

To all of our MRA Members and Future Members;

Summer seems to have arrived here Northern California with temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s creeping in!

The MRA year runs from July 1st to June 30th each year and membership renewal is just around the corner. I will be emailing renewal notices out towards the end of May.

Our 49th Annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show is in the works and will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines on October 11 – 13, 2021. We are in the process of setting up the conference website and will send out an announcement as soon as it is up and running. There will be some exciting new changes and additions to this year’s event! Stay tuned….

Our FREE Educational Series webinars are still available for viewing and can be accessed at:

Also, if you were unable to attend this year’s 5th Annual California Boating Congress, the video is available to watch at:

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.

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 so they can be uploaded. You can now also add a YouTube video if you have one.

Thank you and stay safe!

Mariann Timms
Operations Administrator




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 April 30, 2021