ANNAPOLIS, MD, Sept. 8, 2008 — As waterfront land values skyrocket and condominiums sprout on nearly every acre of waterfront property, recreational boaters are being squeezed out. To spotlight the problem and to recognize those who are helping turn the tide, BoatUS is seeking nominees for its national Recreational Boating Access Award. But time is running out - the deadline to enter is October 1, 2008.
The BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award will honor an individual, group, government body, business or non-profit organization that has succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access. Judges will look at four criteria: First, the challenges faced in retaining or increasing access in an area; Second, the direct impact or measurable results of the solution; Third, the level of success in increasing awareness of the issue in a community and; Fourth, “repeatability,” or the ability to take the successful approach and adopt it in other areas.
Examples of solutions could include creative public/private partnerships, changes in land use planning or permitting processes, tax incentives, legislation or public ballots, publicity or public education. Eligible activities include those undertaken in the last three years.
Winners will be announced by October 31, 2008. For more information or a look at last year’s winners, go to http://www.BoatUS.com/gov/AccessAward
BoatUS – Boat Owners Association of The United States – is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 650,000 members with a wide array of consumer services including a group-rate marine insurance program that insures nearly a quarter million boats; the largest fleet of more than 500 towing assistance vessels; discounts on fuel, slips, and repairs at over 885 Cooperating Marinas; boat financing; and a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, the most widely read boating publication in the US. For membership information visit http://www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.