Working Waterfront Symposium
Portland, Maine, will host the second national symposium designed to protect and improve working waterfronts and
support the businesses, such as marinas,
boatyards, and sportfishing facilities, that
boaters and anglers depend upon. In too
many parts of the country such water-dependent businesses are threatened.
Building on an inaugural symposium that
BoatU.S. launched with the Virginia Sea
Grant Program in Norfolk in 2007, this
year’s event September 27-30 will focus on
the economic, social, cultural, and environmental value of waterfronts, and discuss
how to support water-dependent uses in
sustainable coastal communities.
Presentations will showcase successful
models and tools from around the country
that organizations, businesses, and individuals can use to address waterfront access
challenges. In addition to BoatU.S. and
Virginia Sea Grant, sponsors include the
National Marine Manufacturers Association,
the States Organization for Boating Access,
the Coastal States Organization, Maine Sea
Grant, and the Maine Working Waterfront
Coalition. For info and registration:
www.wateraccessus.com. — R.L.
Access Award Winners
Open Local Waters
The winners of last year’s BoatU.S.
Recreational Boating Access Awards set a
high bar for successful local projects that
will keep boaters and their boats on the
water. Early indications are that this year’s
entries will yield equally outstanding proj-
ects. Like all past boating access honorees,
the five winning projects in 2009, from
three states, demonstrate how effectively
recreational boaters, local governments,
elected officials, and state boating agencies
can work together to protect and improve
public access to the water.
World Record Inflation — If you happened to see bunches of yellow, life jacket-wearing people gathered in your locale in May, you didn’t accidentally drift into the
human daffodil-impersonators’ convention. It was the National Safe Boating Council
and the Canadian Safe Boating Council’s clever way to mark their first-ever Life
Jacket Inflation World Record Day. Across America, 11,000 people donned inflatables
including BoatU.S. staff, above, and blew them up to heighten awareness of modern
flotation, emphasize the necessity to wear your life jacket, and to highlight boating
safety. For their troubles, they puffed their way into the record books. — A.D.