Saturday is National Marina Day

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This year, BoatU.S. (Boat Owners Association of the United States) and 885 cooperating marinas nationwide will co-sponsor National Marina Day on Saturday, according to a recent press release.

Participating organizations under BoatU.S will plan activities and events to educate the public on the important role the marina industry plays in cities and towns amid a family atmosphere. The day also serves to promote the need for boaters, civic leaders, politicians and the public to be stewards of the environment, according to the report. Private organizations such as yacht clubs also are encouraged to join in the festivities.

“Marinas are invaluable to the boating lifestyle and fulfill a critical need by providing waterway access and boating services,” said Jim Schofield, director of the BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina Program and 2008 Marina Day Committee Member, in the release. “The event gives us an opportunity to share with town leaders how a marina contributes economically and allows a community to enjoy the water.”

Some events include barbecues, beach cleanups, music, raffles, charity fund-raisers, boat safety demonstrations and regattas. BoatU.S. Cooperating Marinas also will be offering programs for substantial discounts on fuel, transient slips and repairs, as well as promoting their new Web site, www.HelpStoptheDrops.com, which gives boaters safety and environmental tips on refueling and maintaining a vessel.

For information, or to find an event in your area, contact Wendy Larimer at wlarimer@lighthousecg.com or (202) 391-0343.

-Elizabeth Ellis