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Governor Snyder signs Dredging Assistance Bills

May 02 2013 03:06 PM
LEGISLATIVE VICTORY! Governor Snyder signs Dredging Assistance Bills For the last few months, MBIA and our lobbying firm in Lansing, Muchmore Harrington Smalley and Assoc., have been hard at work to establish solutions and funding for the dredging crisis in Michigan for our members and the industry at large. We're proud to say that our hard work has paid off with the resounding support of the Michigan Legislature and Governor Snyder. A dredging assistance package has been signed by the Governor today! The package contained 5 bills. HB 4398 (Price) Watercraft; marinas; dredging material from Great Lakes bottomlands determined to be largely sand; revise permit fee. HB 4399 (Pscholka) Natural resources; Great Lakes; expedi... Read story →    0 comments

“Rendezvous Weekends” - where do you hook up?

May 02 2013 09:40 AM
If you raft-off at Strawberry Island, Poor Man's Beach, Jobbie Nooner, Sugar Island, Cass Lake, or Stony Island, this promotion is for you. Your official call to reunite with your boating comrades at the Detroit Boat Show is here as well as a chance to win a 20 Boat Raft off promotional pack to include: 20 pizzas, 80 soda pops, 10 bags of chips, 40 tickets to the 2013 Boating & Outdoor Festival and 20 BAM T-shirts. How do you win? Bring your boating raft off buddies and families to the show for a group photo at the BAM Booth either Friday, February 22; Saturday, February 23 or Sunday, February 24 and let us know where you like to hook up and raft off. We will post the picture on our Detroit Boat Show Facebook page and the gro... Read story →    0 comments

55th Annual Detroit Boat Show

Mar 28 2013 08:48 AM
The original, biggest and best boat show is... Back to two halls - and still growing! Show Schedule: 55th Annual Detroit Boat ShowFebruary 16-24, 2013Cobo Center1 Washington Blvd.Detroit, MI 48226Show HoursSaturdays, Friday & Monday: 11am – 9pmTuesday through Thursday: 3pm – 9pm Sundays: 11am – 6pm Read story →    0 comments

Macomb County's Blue Economy Gaining Steam,...

Apr 03 2013 10:45 AM
County Executive Mark Hackel says marketing Macomb as a key place for business, family and recreation will remain a priority in 2013, but continued consolidation of county resources and a focus on regional cooperation will also take center stage. "I don't think anyone in this room would doubt my passion for marketing Macomb County," Hackel said during his 2012 State of the County address Wednesday at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township. "Macomb County is actively engaged in trying to grow this region and I am proud to be your representative to do that." Macomb is now more 'efficient, economical and ethical' Praising the new county charter and its creation of a "gov... Read story →    0 comments

Lake levels near record low

Feb 20 2013 02:17 PM
Second in a series on the environmental health of the Lake St. Clair basin. The water levels of Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair are nearing historic lows. "We're not at historic lows, but we're close to historic lows," said Lana Pollack, U.S. chair of the International Joint Commission, speaking at the sixth Binational Lake St. Clair Conference, held at MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township on Nov. 29 and 30. "There's a 60 percent chance we'll hit it. That's good for phragmites, but not for boating." On Nov. 30, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, Lake Huron stood at 576.2 feet. The all time low for Lake Huron is 576.0 feet, set in March 1964. "Lake Michigan-Huro... Read story →    0 comments

Who pulled the plug on Lake Huron?

Nov 06 2012 08:04 AM
Mike Connell: Who pulled the plug on Lake Huron? Nov 4, 2012 On a mild day last month, I took a barefoot stroll on the near-shore sandbar at Lakeside Beach. While I chose to make a splash here and there, I could have ambled along without getting my feet wet. With waves no higher than the pen in my pocket, the sandbar was dry land. Had I attempted the same walk in October 1986, I would have been swimming. The lake level today is nearly six feet lower than it was 26 years ago. Hey, who pulled the plug on Lake Huron? «« »» WHAT IS BEHIND the diminishing levels? Is this just nature being nature, or is human manipulation involved? Answering such questions is difficult, even for the scientists who devote their careers to studying the Gr... Read story →    0 comments

Gale Warnings Issued for Lake St. Clair

Dec 18 2012 04:11 PM
By Edward Cardenas The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning for Lake St. Clair, with wind gusts expected to reach 50 knots with wave heights reaching 11 feet. The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning until 8 p.m. Tuesday for Lake St. Clair. Winds gusts from the north could reach 50 knots, with wave heights potentially topping out at 11 feet early Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service "highly recommends" inexperienced mariners seek safe harbor, according to the advisory. "Staying off of the water and moving your vessel out of harm's way are the best defenses when a storm is approaching," Capt. Andrew Sugimoto, chief of the 9th Coast Guard District Incident Management Branch, sai... Read story →    0 comments

Fire Ravages Boats at Anchor Bay Marina

Oct 21 2012 03:41 PM
A Chesterfield Township marina fire left four boats damaged Sunday afternoon, fire officials said. By 2:40 p.m. fire crews had contained the blaze that is believed to have started when someone tried to shrink-wrap their vessel on the Anchor Bay Marina at Jefferson and Riverpoint. The torch used in the heating process ignited the flames that spread to other vessels. No one was injured. "Upon arrival we had three boats burning. We contained it. We did have damage to a fourth boat," township fire Capt. Richard Schroeder said at the scene. The boats stretch more than 30 feet and the total amount of damage is not immediately known. "We did have fuel leakage from the main boat that was on fire. I have contacted the Coast Guard ... Read story →    0 comments

Tigers best Yankees en route to the World Series

Dec 18 2012 03:28 PM
Congratulations to the Detroit Tigers on their American League Championship and their 11th entry to the World Series in franchise history. Read story →    0 comments

Public Boat Docks Approved in New Baltimore

Dec 18 2012 04:02 PM
Accessing the New Baltimore shoreline by boat will get a lot easier. After waiting for FEMA approval on a public harbor project, City Council official approved the proposal for 10 finger docks allowing 16 boats. The docks will be along Anchor Bay in the so-called old beach area of Walter and Mary Burke Park near the water plant. Harsens Island-based Tamis Marine Construction is slated to do the work in New Baltimore. The city's engineer is to review the design plans beforehand. The creation of a public dock aims to lure more visitors to the city's waterfront and nearby businesses in the downtown. "I think it will help a lot," said Larry Gingas who obtained permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Michigan Dep... Read story →    0 comments

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