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    November 2021
     
     
    CALL for PRESENTATIONS
    50th Annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show
     
    The Marine Recreation Association has issued a "Call for Presentations" for the 2022 MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show to be held October 18 - 20, 2022, in Santa Barbara, CA
     
    Presenters interested in participating in the 2022 Conference are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration by the MRA Board of Directors no later than January 4, 2022. Typical presentations should fit a 55 minute timeframe focused on marina and boatyard industry marketing, management, planning, development, regulation, technology, and other topics of interest, in a multi-media and/or roundtable format.
     
    The MRA's annual Conference is an ideal opportunity for marine industry professionals to share their expertise and experience with hundreds of marine business operators, developers, owners, and industry insiders from across the western U.S. and elsewhere. The three-day Conference will include seminars and roundtable discussions covering key marine and marina resort management, operations, and marketing concerns focused on enhancing guest services and customer satisfaction, improving marina and resort operations and regulatory compliance, and optimizing business growth and results. The Conference will also feature an extensive marine Trade Show featuring industry vendors and contractors exhibiting the latest technology, products, and services.
     
    Participating speakers will have an opportunity to present their company and/or professional expertise in a position of industry leadership, by sharing knowledge and experience to help raise awareness and understanding of key industry topics for a diverse group of industry attendees.
     
    Presentations may cover a broad range of topics, including marina resort planning and development, expanding ancillary services and facilities, best business practices, new marketing and customer outreach technology, regulation compliance and impact, marina and boatyard renovation planning, design, permitting and implementation, market trends and developments, and other topics enhancing operator knowledge and marine operations.
     
    "The MRA continually seeks educational presentations for-and-by our members that bring unbiased and new information about emerging issues, technologies, and strategies impacting the industry and our member’s success, and our Conference and Regional Training Programs are ways we accomplish that objective," said Mariann Timms, MRA Operations Administrator.
     
    Presentation proposals for the 2022 Conference must be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 4, 2022, via email to mra@marina.org. Proposals must include the title of the presentation, a brief overview of the subject matter, the presentation format, and the name and short bio of the presenter.
     
    Submitted proposals will be reviewed at the Board of Directors Annual Planning Meeting on January 6th and 7th, 2022, and approved presentations will be notified by the beginning of February 2022. 
     
     
    Life Jacket Loaner Program Application
    Now Open
    If your organization, boating agency, company, or municipality wants to host a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station during the 2022 boating season, the application is now open. Online applications are being accepted from November 1, 2021 through February 1, 2022 and there is no cost to apply. 
     
    For more information about the program, please visit the Life Jacket Loaner Program page on their website https://www.boatingsafety.com/page/life-jacket-loaner-program.
     
    To apply to host a life jacket loaner station or restock an existing station, please visit www.boatingsafety.com/lifejacketgrant.
     
    Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2022 regarding the status of their acceptance and life jackets will be shipped free of charge to selected recipients during the 2022 boating season.
     
    New Labor Laws Employers Will See in 2022
     
    With the new year just around the corner, it’s important for California employers to look over and prepare now for the new labor laws coming in 2022. The California Legislature had another busy year, and Governor Gavin Newsom signed laws pertaining to family leave; Cal/OSHA citations; settlement agreements; enforcement of wage liens; wage theft; warehouse quotas; the elimination of piece-rate compensation for garment manufacturing; stockpiling personal protective equipment; and COVID-19, among many others.
     
    Below is a sampling of the important 2022 employment laws employers should know. Unless otherwise noted, the new laws take effect on January 1, 2022.
     
    California Family Rights Act
    AB 1033 cleans up and builds upon last year’s SB 1383, which dramatically expanded the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to cover small employers and expanded the definition of family member for whom leave could be taken. This new bill clarifies that employees can take family and medical leave to care for a parent-in-law with a serious health condition.
     
    AB 1033 also revises and adds more detailed provisions to the small employer (five to 19 employees) mediation program originally created in 2020 by AB 1867, including making participation in the mediation program a prerequisite to the employee filing a civil action. The revisions to the program should help more small businesses become aware of their ability to resolve CFRA disputes through mediation rather than costly civil litigation.
     
    Safety and Wage Enforcement and Penalties
    SB 606 expands the enforcement authority of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) by creating two new violations categories for which Cal/OSHA can issue citations — “enterprise-wide” violations and “egregious” violations.
     
    This bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a violation committed by an employer with multiple worksites is “enterprise-wide” if the employer has a written policy or procedure that violates certain safety rules or Cal/OSHA has evidence of a pattern or practice. Cal/OSHA may issue an enterprise-wide citation requiring abatement if the employer fails to rebut the presumption. Enterprise-wide citations will carry the same penalties as citations for repeated or willful violations, up to $134,334 per violation.
    Cal/OSHA also must issue a citation for an “egregious violation” if the division believes that an employer has willfully and egregiously violated an occupational safety or health standard, order, special order or regulation based on several factors listed in the statute. The bill requires each instance of an employee exposed to that violation to be considered a separate violation for the issuance of fines and penalties.
    AB 1003 makes the intentional theft of wages, benefits or compensation in the amount greater than $950 for one employee or more than $2,350 for two or more employees in a consecutive 12-month period punishable as grand theft under the California Penal Code, which prosecutors may charge as a misdemeanor or felony.
     
    SB 572 deals with enforcement of wage liens against employers by adding a provision to the Labor Code allowing the California Labor Commissioner to create, as an alternative to a judgment lien, a lien on real property to secure amounts due to the Commissioner under any final citation, findings or decision.
     
    Settlement Agreements
    SB 331 significantly expands on laws passed over the last few years limiting the ability to use confidentiality clauses in severance and settlement agreements. Prior to SB 331, any settlement agreement in a case where sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination based on sex has been alleged couldn’t include a confidentiality provision prohibiting disclosure of information regarding the claim.
     
    SB 331 expands the prohibition to include acts of workplace harassment or discrimination based on any characteristic protected under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, not just those based on sex. While employees cannot be prohibited from discussing underlying facts of the case, employers can still use clauses that prevent the disclosure of the amount paid to settle the claim. SB 331 will apply to agreements entered on or after January 1, 2022.
     
    Industry-Specific Measures
    AB 701 specifically targets warehouse distribution centers. The new law applies to certain larger employers meeting industry definitions for General Warehousing and Storage, Merchant Wholesalers (Durable and Non-Durable Goods), and Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses. The law requires covered employers to provide each nonexempt employee working at a warehouse distribution center a written description of each quota to which they are subject, including tasks to be performed, materials produced or handled, time periods and any potential adverse employment actions that may result from failure to meet quotas.
     
    Under AB 701, employees cannot be required to meet quotas that prevent compliance with meal or rest periods, use of bathroom facilities, or health and safety laws. If employees feel that quotas are interfering with these things, they can request a copy of applicable quotas and the last 90 days of their personal work speed performance, which the employer must produce within three weeks. The law also creates a rebuttable presumption of retaliation if the employer takes adverse action against an employee within 90 days of the employee’s request for their quota and personal work speed performance or an employee’s complaint about a quota.
     
    SB 62 requires garment manufacturers and “brand guarantors” who contract with another person for the performance of garment manufacturing to be jointly and severally liable with manufacturers or contractors for wage violations of employees in the supply chain. For purposes of expanding the shared liability under this law, the bill expands the definition of garment manufacturing.
     
    SB 62 also prohibits the practice of piece-rate compensation for garment manufacturing, except in cases of worksites covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement. The bill imposes statutory damages of $200 per employee against a garment manufacturer or contractor, payable to the employee, for each pay period in which each employee is paid by piece rate.
     
    AB 73 expands on one of last year’s personal protective equipment (PPE) bills, SB 275, which established a state stockpile of PPE in the event of a pandemic. AB 73 broadens the scope of the law to include wildfire smoke events as a health emergency under the law and includes agricultural workers in the definition of essential workers. The bill also requires Cal/OSHA to review and update wildfire smoke training, which employers must follow.
     
    COVID-19
    Governor Newsom also signed AB 654, which clarifies and cleans up last year’s COVID-19 notice and reporting bill, AB 685. As previously reported, the bill revises the language AB 685 used to describe COVID-19 notice requirements to make it more consistent throughout. This was an urgency measure that took effect immediately upon signing.
     
    Under SB 336, when the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) or a local health officer issues an order or mandatory COVID-19-related guidance, they must publish the order or guidance on their website along with the date that the order or guidance takes effect. The CDPH or local health officer must also create an opportunity to sign up for an email distribution list to receive updates on the order or guidance. This measure will hopefully make it easier for businesses to track and implement the most current COVID-19 orders and guidance. SB 336 also went into effect immediately upon signing.
    In addition to the new laws, employers should continue to monitor additional COVID-19 regulatory developments.
     
    Bellingham Marine Mourns the Loss of Founding Member Pete Gaasland
    Bellingham Marine mourns the loss of Pete Gaasland, a marina industry pioneer and a member of Bellingham Marine’s founding family. Peter passed away on November 12th, 2021.
     
    An accomplished businessman, Pete was the driving force behind the mass adoption of the use of the concrete floating dock system for marinas and other numerous applications that have become today's industry-leading product. Bellingham Marine was incorporated in 1928 with the Gaasland family acquiring ownership in 1942. When Pete completed college in 1959, he joined the family business where he rose through the ranks at Bellingham Marine and led the company from 1968 through 1995. During his stewardship, Bellingham Marine emerged as a global leader in the design and production of floating concrete docks. Bellingham Marine has changed ownership since the Gaasland era, but many of his principles have been retained by the company to this day.
     
    Many iconic projects were built during Pete’s tenure with the company but perhaps the most notable was the Port of Seattle’s Shilshole Bay Marina. This 1,500-slip marina established the company’s reputation and products as a leader in the field of marina design and construction.
     
    "The Bellingham Marine team is saddened by the loss of Pete Gaasland. We extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to Pete’s family. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time," said Joe Ueberroth, the current owner of Bellingham Marine.
     
    Peter is survived by his wife, Susan, and his four daughters Carrie, Cindy, Katie and Kelli.
     
    Construction Corner
     
    LA Waterfront Phase One is Complete
    The Port of Los Angeles is one of the busiest ports in the world, and soon the nearby LA Waterfront will become an attraction of its own for locals and visitors alike. As part of the Port of Los Angeles’ $36 million Town Square & Promenade project to revitalize the LA Waterfront, Bellingham Marine supplied one of the most prominent features linking the water to the land. Bellingham designed and manufactured a durable, state-of-the-art 600-foot floating dock and acted as a consultant on-site during installation of the dock. The project broke ground in January 2020, and Phase One was recently completed in October 2021.
     
    Previously inaccessible to recreational boaters, this new dock will provide access to bring visitors to the waterfront. Built between the Los Angeles Maritime Museum to the North and the cruise terminal to the South, Bellingham Marine’s 15-foot wide, 600-foot long floating dock will provide ample space for visiting boaters to experience the revitalized waterfront, and access the West Harbor development, once it’s completed and opens in 2023.
     
    The 600-foot floating dock consists of three 200-foot match-cast float sections, which are designed for heavy wave environments, such as the busy LA channel where cargo and cruise ships frequently pass through. The match-cast structure, which eliminates gaps between floats, is post-tensioned, allowing each 200-foot dock section to act as one solid unit, providing added stability and durability. The heavy-duty construction of the dock provides structure and capability to moor a variety of vessels. In addition to the recreational cleats included on the dock, the large steel mooring bollards incorporated in the structure of the dock allow moorage of large vessels.
     
    The newly built waterfront promenade is currently closed to the public leading up to the next phase of construction, which will begin in 2022. The next phase will include the West Harbor commercial development, slated to include restaurants, breweries, art galleries, shopping, and plenty of outdoor seating. Eventually, the promenade will provide waterfront access between the transient dock, cruise terminal, Town Square, and of course the West Harbor once construction is complete in 2023.
    The Last Word
     
    To all of our MRA Members and Future Members
     
    I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to share time with friends and family once more!
     
    With only a month to go in this year, there is much in the works for the MRA. While we cannot announce it yet, we are in the process of confirming the hotel for the 50th Annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show and hope to announce it at the end of this year.
     
    Also in the works is the 6th Annual California Boating Congress. Our first call with the co-hosts is on December 1, 2021 at which time the format will be decided. Hopefully we will be able to meet in person!
     
    To our members, the website now requires an additional step when signing in. You will be prompted to provide confidential answers to questions before performing any other actions on the website. This will involve choosing four of nine possible questions to provide answers to. Once the questions and answers are set, you will then be able to proceed on the website as normal.
     
    Our FREE Educational Series webinars are still available for viewing and can be accessed at: https://www.marina.org/cpages/mra-educational-series-seminars. 
     
    Also, if you were unable to attend this year’s 5th Annual California Boating Congress, the video is available to watch at: https://www.marina.org/events/5th-annual-california-boating-congress-2.
     
    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 mra@marina.org 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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    September 28, 2021
     
    For Immediate Release
     
    Bill Yeargin, CEO, Correct Craft,
    to present Day-2 Keynote Speech at
    MRA Educational Conference 
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    The 2021 Annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show scheduled for October 11 – 13, 2021 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort in La Jolla, California, in partnership with the California Association of Harbor Masters & Port Captains, will bring together two pivotal marine industry organizations with an expanded theme, Climate for Change focused on coastal and inland climate change issues, enhancing guest services and customer satisfaction, improving operations and regulatory compliance, and optimizing fiscal results for private and municipal marinas.
     
    This year’s Conference is very honored to welcome Bill Yeargin, President & Chief Executive Officer of Correct Craft as Keynote Speaker on Wednesday October 13th at 8:30 AM to kick-off the final day of the Conference.
    A 96-year old company, Correct Craft’s subsidiaries include eight boat brands, three engine brands, three water sport parks, and an entity devoted solely to innovation. The company has manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and sales in 70 countries. Under Mr. Yeargin’s leadership, Correct Craft has developed a dynamic culture of “Making Life Better”. They have won all of the boat industry’s major awards and been recognized as the industry’s “Most Innovative Company” by a major boating publication.
     
    Bill served both the Obama and Trump administrations on cabinet-level advisory councils and was appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve on the Board of the University of Central Florida. A prolific Writer, he has been published hundreds of times and authored four books, including the best seller Education of a CEO: Lessons for Leaders, and his Keynote presentation will no doubt be most interesting and informative.
     
    The 3-day Conference will feature seminars and round-table meetings covering key industry management, operations, and marketing concerns, along with an extensive Trade Show exhibiting the latest technology and engineering with a broad range of products and services from leading industry vendors and contractors focused on innovation, growth, and profitability as the marine industry evolves in today’s rapidly changing world of new challenges and potential.
     
    Registration and event information for the 49th Annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show, in partnership with CAHMPC, is available now on the MRA website at www.marina.org and on the CAHMPC website at www.harbormaster.org
     
    For additional information about the MRA and all of its activities and interests contact Mariann Timms by phone at (209) 334-0661, email at mra@marina.org or go online at www.marina.org
     
    The Marine Recreation Association is a professional organization that represents marina owners, operators, and other marine industry professionals located throughout the western United States, with additional members in Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Created more than 50 years ago, the MRA actively promotes and represents recreational boating interests while providing educational management and operations seminars and information for marine industry owners, operators, and staff.
     
    The California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains, Inc. was established in 1948 by a group of Harbor Masters in order to promote and exchange information relative to development, construction, maintenance, operation, regulation enforcement, administration and management, pertaining to boats, marinas and harbors. One of CAHMPC’s guiding tenets is to keep in mind at all times that our basic purpose is to serve the boating public and to keep each other informed.
     
     September 28, 2021
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    October 2021
     
    49th Annual MRA Educational
    Conference & Trade Show
    focused on a
    “Climate for Change” for Marine Industry
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    The 2021 Marine Recreation Association 49th Annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show was a poignant reminder of the strength and resiliency of the marine industry after skipping a year due to the COVID pandemic.
    Two hundred and thirty marina operators and staff, along with Trade Show exhibitors and other industry professionals, participated in this year’s 3-day Conference, held in partnership with the California Association of Harbor Masters & Port Captains at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort in La Jolla, California. The “new normal” didn’t seem to be much different from the past and business activity, networking, and enthusiasm was high.
     
    The Conference teed off on Monday, October 11th, with three first-day events for all attendees.
    The Monday tour of the UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier and other Scripps research facilities, which monitor and report on waves, beaches, plankton, and other ocean conditions, was also sold-out for the day, and enjoyed by all participants.
     
    The Annual MRA Golf Tournament was sold-out as usual with 36 golfers playing a round of best-ball-scramble on the Torrey Pines Championship South Golf Course along the spectacular Pacific Ocean coastline.
     
    Twenty-seven other professionals took advantage of the 2-session “Special Marina Operations” training on Monday, covering Shock Hazards, Code Compliance, and Corrosion in the Marina, and Fire Preparation & Management, focused on current best management practices and policies to handle these potentially disastrous situations.
    Monday night’s Welcome Reception in the Trade Show pavilion was well-attended with libations and hors d’oeuvres provided by sponsoring Trade Show Exhibitors, and attendees were given an early opportunity to mingle and browse the latest industry innovations and information.
     
    The golf tournament results were also announced, and various awards presented to the lucky players, led by the foursome of Carol Sheetz, Joseph Sheetz(Not Pictured), John Den Hartog, and Reid Burns.
    Tuesday morning’s breakfast in the Trade Show pavilion was followed by MRA President, Scott Robertson’s welcome and opening remarks to attendees. President Robertson also presented the ‘Darrell McConnell Award’, to Mark Sandoval, a past President of both the MRA and the CAHMPC, who received the traditional ship’s wheel plaque in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the municipal and private recreational boating and marine industry. Congratulations to Mark on his recent retirement and best wishes for the future!
    Scott Robertson then introduced Rebecca Gross, CAHMPC Board Member, who announced the scheduled election of CAHMPC Board members for 2022 to be held later in the day.
    Scott followed up with the introduction of the MRA’s new Board, including Kate Pearson, Safe Harbor Marinas, as the incoming President.
     
    Steve Meckfessel, MRA Treasurer, completed the General Membership Meeting with a financial summary, reporting that the MRA had utilized nearly 50% of previous financial reserves to weather the past year of pandemic, but is still in sound financial condition and working diligently on events and programs for the coming year, including the 2022 California Boating Congress.
    Tuesday’s Keynote Speech was delivered by Geoff Raymore, Vice President West Marine Pro, who talked about the evolution of West Marine’s wholesale division business model under the company’s new ownership, and new CEO Eric Kufel. Geoff also introduced the West Coast Sales Team and their focus on “creating great experiences for your customers”.
     
    After a morning coffee break for attendees to visit with Trade Show exhibitors, Kate Pearson introduced Alan Gin, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at University of San Diego.
     
    Dr. Gin provided the group with a very detailed economic prognosis of the past year and future expectations, including some inflationary pressures with continued labor challenges and strong demand in the boating industry.
    Beau Biller, MRA Lobbyist, Platinum Advisors, followed with a review of California state legislation and issues facing the industry in the future.
     
    Callie Hoyt, NMMA Director, Federal Government Relations, provided attendees with a review of national legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry, and some industry growth-focused initiatives being sponsored by the NMMA.
    Lunch was served outdoors, giving everyone a chance to get outside in the sunny and warm weather.
     
    A brief presentation by Mark Sanders and Arron Pellarin on the global Golden Anchor marina certification program, during the lunch outside.
     
    Tuesday afternoon’s conference was broken into four hour-long sessions, featuring a number of different seminar topics led by industry experts offered for attendees to choose from.
    Session 1 -
    * Status of Ocean Marina Operations
    * The California Clean Marina Program
    * The Effects of Climate Change on Inland Marinas
     
    Session 2 -
    * Boat Rental Operations Best Practices
    * Effects of Climate Change on Ocean Marinas
     
    Session 3 -
    * Future Trends in Marina Design
    * The Anticipated Expansion of Copper Limits in Southern California though Anti-Fouling Paint Controls
    The final session -
    * The Marina/Harbor Industry - Changes in the Past Decade; Led by
    Kate Pearson, Safe Harbor Marinas,
    Jim Hayes, Almar Marinas, &
    Gary Jones, CAHMPC Board Member,
    reviewed & discussed the Decade Changes in the Marina/Harbor Industry
    The Conference Wine Tasting & Craft Beer Reception in the Trade Show exhibit hall capped off Tuesday’s conference events that evening.
     
    Most of the exhibiting Trade Show vendors provided top-notch wine or craft beer selections at their booths for attendees to enjoy with fresh carved roast turkey, roast pork, and prime rib, served with various side dishes.
    Wednesday morning kicked off with a continental breakfast in the Trade Show pavilion and more time to meet with exhibitors, followed by the day’s Keynote Speech by Bill Yeargin, President & CEO of Correct Craft.
     
    Mr. Yeargin gave a rousing talk discussing the phenomenal transformation and evolution of the Correct Craft company and brands, which include eight Boat brands, three engine brands, three water sports parks and an entity devoted solely to innovation. Bill also discussed his two books;
    Making Life Better – the Correct Craft Story, &
    Education of a CEO – Lessons for Leaders, and the importance of vision and “being a learner” in the development of a strong leadership mindset. In addition, Bill handed out copies of both books to all attendees.
     
    Freya Olsen, Director of Industry Relations, NMMA, closed out the early morning with an overview of the;
    * Boating & Marine Industry & Economic Impact on California; discussing current sales trends, boater participation, and other economic and cultural influences on recreational boating activities.
    A one-hour session followed Ms. Olsen with three breakout seminars that covered the following topics:
     
    Topic 1 -
    * ADA Web Accessibility Lawsuits now facing the industry
     
    Topic 2 -
    *Customer Service Excellence Programs utilized by The Lodge at Torrey Pines management
     
    Topic 3 -
    * Getting Past the COVID 19 Pandemic,
    Strategies and Regulatory Requirements
     
    After an outdoor lunch, overlooking the sunny Pacific Ocean and Torrey Pines Golf Course, the Conference’s final sessions were again broken into two 1-hour periods featuring the following seminar topics:
     
    Topic 1 -
    * Protecting Your Marina, what insurance should be required from vessel owner / slip holders
     
    Topic 2 -
    * Dealing with Unhinged Boat Owners and other War Stories (Part II), Presented by Attorney Phil Weiss
    The Conference’s final presentations covered the following session topics:
     
    Topic 1 -
    * Protecting Your Marina & Boatyard from Uninsured Vendors & Contractors
     
    Topic 2 -
    * Grow Recreational Boating Panel on How to Nurture Entry Level Boaters, Discussion.
     
    Topic 3 -
    * U.S. Coast Guard: America’s Maritime Guardian presentation.
    The 49th Annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show in partnership with the California Association of Harbor Master & Port Captains, was an important and informative marine industry event put together by a dedicated group of industry owners, managers, vendors, and MRA staff . .
    Coming next is the
    5th Annual California Boating Congress planned for early Spring 2022.
    Now is the time to begin thinking about your boating and marine industry legislative / regulatory concerns, and add the up-coming CBC to your calendar.
    For additional information about the MRA and all of its activities and interests contact Mariann Timms by phone at (209) 334-0661, email at mra@marina.org or go online at www.marina.org
     
    Small Business and Tourism Industry Comes to the Defense of Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boat Owners
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    CARB’s Proposed Engine Emission Regulations Could Undermine Governor Newsom’s Plan to Restore Tourism and Hospitality Jobs Lost During COVID-19 Pandemic
     
    With less than four weeks before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is set to determine the fate of 174 commercial passenger boat owners, the Sportfishing Association of California and the Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association announced that 27 chambers of commerce and tourism authorities, representing nearly every coastal community from San Diego to the Oregon border, have joined a coalition in defense of commercial passenger boat owners. The business coalition includes the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Travel Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, the RV Park and Campgrounds Alliance and the California Parks Hospitality Association.
     
    In their letter to the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, the coalition wrote;
     
    “As you well know, sportfishing and whale watching boats provide coastal communities a valued source of outdoor recreation and tourism dollars. Their boat owners are in the business of introducing millions of Americans a year to the splendor of the open sea and its wildlife. However, before these boat owners can recover from financial losses associated with the pandemic, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed costly engine emission regulations that require technology that has not been developed or tested safe on passenger harbor crafts.”
     
    The letter continues, “Rebuilding the State’s post-pandemic economy is dependent on continuing this growth and not undermining it by denying millions of Californians access to offshore fishing and marine life by putting sportfishing companies out of business or making excursions unaffordable for disadvantaged communities and the vast majority of Californians.”
     
    Sportfishing, whale watching, eco-tourism and dive boats can be found in nearly every harbor and marina in California. With the addition of sportfishing, boating and marina/harbor organizations, outdoor retailers and fishing tackle manufacturers the Save Our Boats coalition has grown to over 40 business and trade organizations.
     
    During the pandemic, California lost half if its 1.2 million tourism/hospitality related jobs and Governor Gavin Newsom has made restoring these lost jobs a centerpiece of his economic plan. While members of the coalition applaud this goal, they don’t believe the economic plan is achievable without protecting passenger boats that fuel coastal economies. 
     
    While commercial passenger boats represent less than 10% percent of all harbor crafts, these family operated businesses are responsible for drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to coastal communities each year, generating billions of dollars in visitor spending. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s over 2 million anglers contributed $5.6 billion a year in economic activity and supported nearly 40,000 jobs for our State.
     
    Background 
    On September 21, 2021, CARB released its Proposed Amendments to the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation. The public comment period is September 24 – November 15th, and the CARB Board, appointed largely by Governor Gavin Newsom, is expected to rule November 19, 2021. To date, over 20,000 anglers have signed a petition and over 1,600 public comments have been submitted to CARB.
     
    CARB has proposed regulations that require engines to be modified with technology that has not been developed yet for commercial passenger fishing vessels or confirmed safe at sea. In most cases, the modifications will be too massive to fit into existing engine rooms. This led the California State University Maritime Academy to conclude that the proposed standards for existing engines does not exist and in the alternative, “… treatment equipment (modifications) alone significantly impacts the vessel’s stability.”
     
    Given that compliance will be impossible for some, if not most, passenger boats, CARB concluded that vessels constructed of wood and fiberglass will likely be removed from service. Over 80 percent of commercial passenger boats are constructed of wood and fiberglass, requiring boat owners to purchase new metal boats beginning as soon as 2023 or go out of business as extensions expire.
     
    The Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) is a trade organization representing Southern California sportfishing and whale watching boat and landing owners. The Golden State Fishermen’s Association represents commercial passenger fishing vessels and marine recreational anglers in Northern California.
     
    Interviews can be arranged with boat owners from most ports and marinas.  To view the coalition, www.savefishing.com/coalition.
     
    Contact: Marko Mlikotin, River City Communications
    marko@rivercitycomm.com or 916.817.4444
     
    Construction Corner
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    Kingston Village Phased Dock Replacement
    
    Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego Bay, located in the center of the Coronado Cays Neighborhood, the Kingston Village waterfront condos each come with their own boat slip boasting brilliant views and direct access to the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. 
    Over the years, the docks have gone through several rounds of repair and replacement, and the current Coronado Cays Homeowners Association is working to update the entire system with the state-of-the-art Bellingham Marine concrete Unifloat system to last well into the future. The general plan is to replace main walkways and fingers, eliminating the most critical sections first, and for each phase, the most immediate needs are identified, and the scope of work is generated based on the budget.
    The most recent phase was completed earlier this year, including replacing sections of the main walkways and fingers on Kingston West, South, and East. Although the docks are physically connected and owned by the same entity, the boundary lines split the docks between two different jurisdictions, the city of Coronado and the Port of San Diego. The South and West docks falling under the city of Coronado’s jurisdiction were covered by a CEQA exemption when rebuilding docks in like kind, which made the permitting process much easier. Falling under the Port of San Diego’s jurisdiction, the East dock permitting process was lengthier, first requiring approval from the Port of San Diego, then approval to proceed from the Army Corps of Engineers and Programmatic Certification for Regional Water Quality. Bellingham Marine is familiar with and understands these unique challenges in dealing with different jurisdictions simultaneously, which is crucial to a smooth permitting process.
     
    The existing docks were replaced in like kind with concrete Unifloat headwalk and finger floats, replacing traditional squared finger ends with rounded ends to help boaters exit and return to their slips with ease. Bellingham Marine also replaced the electrical system from the electrical point of connection throughout the marina dock system, and the water and fire systems were upgraded as well.
    Bellingham Marine is well versed in working with existing marina infrastructure to integrate new systems with old, skilled in tackling phased projects at the client’s desired pace. As a licensed general contractor, Bellingham Marine can handle projects like this, providing a turnkey solution including electrical, fire suppression, and pile driving, serving as a one-stop shop for the client.
     
    The planning stages of the next Kingston Village design-build phase are well underway, and Bellingham Marine will continue replacing main walkways and fingers in 2022. To continuously provide this highly sought-after amenity to homeowners requires upkeep, and this multi-year project between Bellingham Marine and the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association will eventually result in the complete replacement of the existing dock systems.
     
    For the Marina Bulletin Board
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    Virtual Meeting You Don’t Want to Miss -
    Boating topics that matter to you!
    Join us on Thursday, November 4th, 2021
     
     
    Ahoy California boaters!
     
    Join us, the California Clean Boating Network, on Thursday, November 4th, 2021 (10 am to approx. 12:15 pm) for a free and exciting educational virtual meeting.
     
    Learn directly from California experts about top tier subjects impacting our waterways, from the importance of monitoring sewage pumpouts and how it impacts boaters statewide; microplastics management in our state; getting clear on the California Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange program from common misconceptions to frequently asked questions; and learning all about the Shelter Island Yacht Basin Dissolved Copper Total Maximum Daily Load established due to copper-based antifouling paints and how the Port of San Diego has implemented innovative approaches to reducing copper loading through its’ Copper Reduction Programs and relevant resources available to you.
     
    We look forward to sharing this knowledge with you and offering you plenty of time to ask questions. Further information on this meeting’s topics are included below.
    • Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2021
    • Time: 10 am to approx. 12:15 pm
    • You must register in advance for this meeting here. Register today to secure your virtual spot, meeting capacity will be capped, secure it now.
     
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting.
     
    Detailed information about the MEETING TOPICS
     
    1. Shelter Island Yacht Basin Dissolved Copper Total Maximum Daily Load (Kelly Tait and Karen Holman, Port of San Diego). In 2005, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) set a Dissolved Copper TMDL for the Shelter Island Yacht Basin (SIYB) in San Diego Bay. The Regional Board attributed approximately 98 percent of all copper loading to SIYB to copper-based antifouling paints applied to the hulls of recreational boats. The Port of San Diego serves as a regional leader in improving water quality in San Diego Bay. This presentation will discuss the overview of the TMDL and how the Port of San Diego has implemented innovative approaches to reducing copper loading through its’ Copper Reduction Program.
    2. Microplastics: what's the big deal, and what is California doing about it? (Scott Coffin, Ph.D. State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water). Small plastic particles ("microplastics") are everywhere. Understandings of microplastics' effects on aquatic ecosystems and humans have improved in recent years, however many questions still remain. California is leading the way globally on both researching the impacts of microplastics and implementing actions to reduce their abundance in the environment. Tune in to learn what this means for the health of our waters.
    3. Priming the Sewage Pumpout: Why We Monitor and How it Impacts Boaters Statewide (Diana Fu & Natasha Dunn, San Francisco Estuary Partnership). Sewage pumpout performance is impacted by several factors and keeping these valuable machines running in top condition can help improve marina stature and regional water quality. Listen in to find out about the Annual California Pumpout Report, and why and how the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) team regularly monitors facilities throughout Northern and Southern California.
    4. Don’t abandon that boat; surrender it for free, it’s the right thing to do! (Presentation and discussion facilitated by Ron Kent, California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways). Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange program (SAVE) is designed to assist public agencies in preventing recreational vessels from being abandoned in California’s navigable waterways and when they are abandoned, to assist with their disposal. Mr. Kent will provide information on how the SAVE program works and how boat owners and marina operators can benefit from this important program. The SAVE program, funded through the Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund, grants approximately $2.75M annually to local public and law enforcement agencies.
     
    Orange County Oil Spill Pipeline P00547 Incident
     
    Decontamination of Vessels:
    • Community members impacted by the oil spill who need to file a claim can call 1-866-985-8366. Vessel cleaning is scheduled upon filing a claim and will not be available without an appointment. We appreciate your patience through this process.
    • If a vessel has been impacted by the oil spill, we want to remind people not to clean their oiled vessels with any type of soaps or dispersants or show up to a cleaning station without an appointment. Using these products can make the situation worse as they are not effective on this type of oil.
    • Boat decontamination sites in Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Newport Beach continue to operate, and a third boat decontamination site in Long Beach has been established and is operational.
     
    Alameda and East Contra Costa County Recreational Boaters:
     
    Take advantage of this important free event.
                                                      
    On Sunday, November 14th, boaters from Alameda and East Contra Costa (Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley, and Pittsburg) Counties can take expired marine flares to the collection events at their local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility during special events only. Only expired marine flares will be accepted, no other HHW will be accepted.
     
    • East Contra Costa
    recreational boaters can show up during event hours (November 14th, 8 am – 11 am - 2550 PITTSBURG-ANTIOCH HWY, PITTSBURG, CA 94565; https://www.deltadiablo.org/marine-flares)
    
    • Alameda County
    recreational boaters are required to make an appointment www.stopwaste.org/marineflares
    (November 14th, 10 am to 1 pm)
     
    Alameda and East Contra Costa County recreational boaters participating in the event will receive discounted, USGC-approved eVDSD for day and night, by Sirius Signal, and a free CA Boaters Kit while supplies last.
     
    Welcome New Members
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    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:
     
    Keehi Marine, Inc.
     
    The Last Word
     
    To all of our MRA Members and Future Members
     
    Our 49th Annual MRA Educational Conference & Trade Show in partnership with California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains was a great success. I think most of the attendees were glad to finally meet in person again.
     
    We are in the process of confirming our dates for the 50th Annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show and hope to announce early next year.
     
    To our members, the website now requires an additional step when signing in. You will be prompted to provide confidential answers to questions before performing any other actions on the website. This will involve choosing four of nine possible questions to provide answers to. Once the questions and answers are set, you will then be able to proceed on the website as normal.
     
    Our FREE Educational Series webinars are still available for viewing and can be accessed at: https://www.marina.org/cpages/mra-educational-series-seminars
     
    Also, if you were unable to attend this year’s 4th Annual California Boating Congress, the video is available to watch at: https://www.marina.org/events/5th-annual-california-boating-congress-2.
     
    Planning is underway for the 5th Annual California Boating Congress hopefully meeting in person once again!
     
    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 mra@marina.org 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