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Maryland Boating News

February 1, 2009
New Boating Report Published

During 2008, a Task Force established by the Maryland legislature met to evaluate and make recommendations regarding protecting and growing the boating industry in Maryland. Maryland's boating industry is a major economic activity creating $2.5 billion in total nominal spending and generating over 32,000 jobs. This group's goals included identifying factors for promoting and maintaining access to the water for boaters. Several of the Report's recommendations will be important to boaters in Maryland as well as those planning a visit to Maryland. Of note: an array of discussion regarding the time limit for transient boaters to stay in Maryland before the boat is required to pay the 5% vessel excise tax, as well as ideas to create a single boat launch permit for publicly owned ramps.

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