The troubling condition of U.S boating infrastructure and the need for adequate funding to fix these issues received airtime on Fox News this week. Scott Deal, President of Maverick Boats, was featured in the segment, which is available here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/16/boaters-face-growing-risk-amid-ramp-shortage-crumbling-infrastructure.html
“I have lots of customers, over the years, thousands of them, and they have to get up 4 a.m., 5 a.m. to try to beat the big lines if they want to go on a Saturday or aSunday -- heaven forbid [they] want to go Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend,” Mr. Deal said of the long lines his South Florida customers face waiting for the few ramps available to get their boats in the ocean.
Deal added that once Florida boaters – who compete for the state’s 1,350 miles of coastline -- get to the ramp, their troubles may just be beginning: “The boating industry is a big industry in Florida and customers can't get to the water because the ramps are falling apart.”
Over the past few months, several of the recreational boating industry’s key infrastructure priorities have advanced at the federal and state levels. NMMA has put infrastructure at the forefront of their work and will continue these efforts as the summer boating season ratchets up.
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