Preparing for the storm


DEC. 27 — Marina and boat club operators will learn what they can legally do to prepare boats in their yards under a new Florida law, effective July 2006. "It's important to know what measures can be taken — by whom and with what liability — well before the storm hits," says Margaret Podlich, BoatU.S. vice president of government affairs, in a statement.

The Boat Owners Association of The United States is teaming up with The Marine Industries Association of Florida and The Marine Industries Association of South Florida to hold a Marina Hurricane Preparation Symposium March 1-2 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

"The levels of devastation we've seen in the past few hurricane seasons can't be repeated," Podlich said. "We saw a real need to gather owners of marine facilities together; the future of boating in many areas depends on all of us in the marine industry working together to find solutions."

The interactive conference is designed to help public or private marinas minimize their chances of hurricane storm damage. Participants will learn successful storm preparation tactics from other marina operators, exchange ideas, hear how to "harden" their facility and develop a written hurricane plan. The event also will include state-of-the-art storm preparation products from a variety of vendors.

Registration for the day-and-a-half-long conference is $150 until Feb. 1 and $200 thereafter. It includes lunch, a reception and all conference materials.

For more information, go to the BoatU.S. hurricane resource center or call (703) 823-9550, Ext. 3561.