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BoatBuzz is Retired – Long Live BoatBuzz

For those BoatBuzz lovers out there, we thank you. Here’s how to stay in the loop.

By: , published on March 01, 2020

Top-Rated Marinas of February 2020

The Boaters’ Choice Awards are once a year, but boaters submit new marina reviews every day!

By: Becky Pineo, published on February 28, 2020
Categories: Best-Of

The Best Florida Marinas of February 2020

The Boaters’ Choice Awards are once a year, but boaters submit new marina reviews every day! This monthly blog series showcases the marinas throughout the U.S. who, based solely on the month’s reviews, represent the best of the best.

By: Becky Pineo, published on February 27, 2020
Categories: Kudos

Georgia Boaters Weigh In on Anchoring Ban

Boaters and marina owner/operators are making their voices heard by supporting the grassroots boater organization Save Georgia’s Anchorages and signing BoatUS’s petition.

By: Becky at Marinas.com, published on February 26, 2020
Categories: Industry-News

New Marinas.com Profiles: February 2020

February saw the love, and boaters showing the love meant more marinas claiming their profiles!

By: Becky at Marinas.com, published on February 23, 2020
Categories: Product-Updates

Marinas: Generate more ratings with Marinas.com Review Cards

Reviews seem to make the marina world go ‘round – and luckily Marinas.com is free for marinas to use by claiming their profiles, updating their photos and info, and responding to reviews and inquiries. Get more of the good stuff by keeping Review Reminder cards at your marina’s front desk, and/or in guest welcome packets.

By: Becky at Marinas.com, published on February 23, 2020
Categories: Product-Updates

Georgia's Anchoring Ban: Anonymous Marina & Boater Survey

Update 7/76/20: We’ve removed the survey – see the next blog post for survey responses. That said, Georgia has walked back this legislation. Kudos to the Save Georgia’s Anchorages group on Facebook for organizing to share the message and gain support.

Click here to read survey responses thus far.

Changes are coming to Georgia’s anchoring rules – or, came and went without much discussion, it seems. As of January 1, 2020, House Bill 201, passed by the 2019 Georgia legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, became effective.

Further Reading on the Topic

As of yesterday, 2/26/2020, some progress had been made – from James Newsome of the Save Georgia’s Anchorages Facebook Group:

Thanks to all who have supported our effort to establish the Georgia Anchoring Advocacy fund to retain Scott Draper, a professional lobbyist. We have reached 63% of our funding goal in a matter of days with your help. In less than a week Scott has come up to speed with the issues we have identified in HB201, Georgia’s anchoring law that took effect January 1st, 2020. He was able to broker a conference call with GA DNR Commissioner Mark Williams, his team and our anchoring coalition which we just conducted today, Feb 25, 2020.

Over the course of almost two hours, we had open dialogue on the problems DNR was trying to address with HB201 as well as some of the issues the cruising community had with its incarnation as law. All parties felt the call was productive and there is agreement in principle to refine Rep. Ron Stephens’ HB833 to best achieve our mutual objectives and to push the legislation through the current session in the next few weeks. HB833, if it passes, is expected to replace most parts of HB201.

We are not out of the woods yet, but Georgia policymakers appear to now be responsive to changing some of the most questionable facets of the laws passed last year, including restrictions for where vessels may anchor, the identity of cruising and transient vessels. Commissioner Williams is not willing to rescind the Administrative Order signed on December 30, 2019 that prevents boats from anchoring within 1,000 feet of structures throughout the coastal region of the state, until a legislative fix, HB833, is passed by the General Assembly.

We are optimistic about today’s progress and look forward to working with Commissioner Williams, with his support, on HB833. Your support is needed now more than ever to assist in the funding of lobbying efforts that have helped us achieve some degree of success in having Georgia DNR and lawmakers hear our collective voice. Our fight continues in the legislature in the days ahead. Please join nearly 100 other boaters from across the country and around the world who have supported this effort. Contribute at www.greatloop.org/Georgia

By: Becky Pineo, published on February 04, 2020
Categories: Industry-News

Top-Rated Marinas of January 2020

The Boaters’ Choice Awards are once a year, but boaters submit new marina reviews every day! We’re trying out some new ways to show off marinas that are putting the work in throughout the year. This is the start of a new monthly blog series to give credit where credit is due: the marinas throughout the U.S. who, based solely on the month’s reviews, represent the best of the best. Without further ado: the Top-Rated Marinas of January 2020.

Battery Park Marina – Sandusky, OH 

Portside Marina – Kelleys Island, OH 

Presque Isle Yacht Club – Erie, PA 

DuSable Harbor, The Chicago Harbors – Chicago, IL 

Balfour’s Marina – Clay, MI

Harbor Centre Marina – Sheboygan, WI 

McKinley Marina – Milwaukee, WI 

Reefpoint Marina – Racine, WI 

Hansel’s Marina – Deale, MD 

Inner Harbor East Marina – Baltimore, MD 

Pungo Creek Marina – Belhaven, NC 

Southport Marina – Southport, NC 

Barefoot Marina North – Myrtle Beach, SC 

Blue Springs Marina – Ten Mile, TN

Bay Springs Marina – New Site, MS 

Florence Harbor Marina – Florence, AL 

Caribe Marina – Orange Beach, AL 

Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina – St. Thomas, VI 

West Coast

Lake Havasu Marina Lake – Havasu City, AZ

Redondo Beach Marina – Redondo Beach, CA 

Richardson Bay Marina – Sausalito, CA

Freeport Marina – Sacramento, CA

Marina Bay Yacht Harbor – Richmond, CA

Roche Harbor Resort & Marina – Roche Harbor, WA 

Arabella’s Landing Marina – Gig Harbor, WA 

Northeast 

Brewer South Freeport Marine – South Freeport, ME 

Tern Harbor Marina – Weymouth, MA 

Cuttyhunk Marina – Cuttyhunk Island, MA 

Woods Hole Yacht Club – Woods Hole, MA 

F.L.Tripp & Sons Inc. – Westport Point, MA 

Wessagussett Yacht Club – North Weymouth, MA

Boston Waterboat Marina – Boston, MA 

Dockside Marina – Oak Bluffs, MA 

Provincetown Marina – Provincetown, MA

Boston Yacht Haven Inn and Marina – Boston, MA

Safe Harbor Plymouth – Plymouth, MA 

Fox Point Marina – Providence, RI 

Clark Boat Yard & Marine Works – Jamestown, RI 

Warren Boat Yard – Warren, RI

Mystic Seaport Museum – Mystic, CT 

Glastonbury Yacht Club – Glastonbury, CT 

Lakeview Point Landing – Syracuse, NY

Port of Rochester Marina – Rochester, NY 

Strong’s Yacht Center – Mattituck, NY 

Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina – Clayton, NY 

J & S West – Baldwinsville, NY 

Morrison’s Beach Haven Marina – Beach Haven, NJ 

Southwinds Marina – Forked River, NJ 

Florida 

Stock Island Marina Village – Key West, FL 

Tampa Convention Center Marina – Tampa, FL 

Pink Shell Beach Marina & Resort – Fort Myers Beach, FL 

Titusville Municipal Marina – Titusville, FL </p>

Clearwater Harbor Marina – Clearwater, FL 

Marker 8 Marina – St. Augustine, FL 

Safe Harbor North Palm Beach – North Palm Beach, FL

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, Autograph Collection – Holmes Beach, FL 

Longboat Key Club Moorings – Longboat Key, FL

Safe Harbor Old Port Cove – North Palm Beach, FL 

Fort Pierce City Marina – Fort Pierce, FL

Beach Marine – Jacksonville Beach, FL

Fontainebleau Marina – Miami Beach, FL 

Seafood Shack Marina – West Cortez, FL

Gulfport Municipal Marina – Gulfport, FL 

The Galleon Marina – Key West, FL 

Safe Harbor | Harborage Marina – St Petersburg, FL 

Coastal Marine Yacht Service Center – St. Petersburg, FL 

Legacy Harbour Marina – Fort Myers, FL 

A & B Marina – Key West, FL

Kennedy Point Marina & Yacht Club – Titusville, FL 

Key West Yacht Club – Key West, FL 

Marlin Bay Resort & Marina – Marathon, FL 

By: Becky Pineo, published on January 31, 2020
Categories: Best-Of