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Donald Trump tours Sportsman Boats, meets with South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance

by National Marine Manufacturers Association 29 Sep 2023 16:37 PDT
Former President Donald Trump tours sportsman boats, meets with South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance © National Marine Manufacturers Association

This week, former President and 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump visited NMMA member Sportsman Boats as part of his presidential campaign activities in South Carolina. The former President toured the facility alongside the South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance (SCBFA), an organization comprised of South Carolina-based boating and fishing businesses.

This event was one in an ongoing series organized by the SCBFA to bring all Republican presidential candidates and President Biden to meet with South Carolina boating business leaders in this early primary state. Given recreational boating's $6.5 billion economic impact in the state, supporting 27,000 jobs, the former President highlighted the importance of the industry in South Carolina to both the local and national economy.

With access being a critical area of focus for the recreational boating community, following a briefing from South Carolina boating businesses, former President Trump included in his remarks comments on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) proposed vessel speed restrictions—a proposal that's garnered bi-partisan concern due to severe restrictions posed to Americans' access to public waters, significant boater safety issues, and lack of data-backed solutions for protecting the North Atlantic right whale.

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