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Representatives Bill Posey and Mike Collins raise concerns with vessel speed restrictions

by National Marine Manufacturers Association 16 May 2023 13:40 PDT
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Last week, Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL) and Mike Collins (R-GA) voiced concerns in a U.S. House of Representatives hearing over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s proposed vessel speed restrictions along the Atlantic Coast. This came on the heels of the American Boating Congress (ABC) in Washington, D.C., where the proposed expansion of NOAA's vessel speed restriction, and the impacts on the $230 billion recreational boating industry, were a main focus.

Both members' districts are positioned directly on or near the Atlantic Coast where NOAA's proposed rule would limit all boats 35 ft. and up from traveling faster than 10 knots (11 mph) from Massachusetts to central Florida, for up to 7 months out of the year, in some places up to 90 miles offshore.

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