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NMMA FINDS MARINA DEVELOPMENT PROMOTES ECONOMIC GROWTH, OUTLINES NEED FOR ADDITIONAL MARINAS

 NMMA FINDS MARINA DEVELOPMENT PROMOTES ECONOMIC GROWTH,
 OUTLINES NEED FOR ADDITIONAL MARINAS
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- While the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) acknowledges many success stories nationwide relating to recreational boating as an "economy booster," there is a recognized need for additional facilities, according to NMMA spokesman Ron Stone.
 "What we've seen with new facilities such as the Grand Marina in Alameda, Calif., is that by building additional berths, demand actually increases because the quality of recreational boating substantially improves," said Stone. He added that, "These slips are getting top dollar, too, so it is a definite boost to the local economies involved."
 NMMA cites similar successful scenarios: Lake Dillon Marina in Dillon, Colo.; Reefpoint Marina in Racine, Wis.; Lake City Municipal Marina in Lake City, Minn.; Spring Cove Marina in Solomons, Md.; and Titusville Municipal Marina in Titusville, Fla.
 In each case, local officials and marina operators reported a significant, positive impact on the local economies from direct marina activity, as well as the trickle-down effect on tourist commerce.
 NMMA emphasizes the need for additional wet space and dryland storage spaces to keep up with demand. Stone noted that the existing verified 6,000 marinas in the United States, as identified by a recent NMMA survey, are not enough to accommodate today's registered boats. Another recent survey by NMMA also indicates that there are also too few public launching ramps available (only 18,696 in 1991) for the millions of trailer boats. Said Stone, "The launching ramp shortage inhibits recreational boating, too."
 The marina and boat ramp surveys are available from NMMA for $25 each, and marina lists, state by state, are also available for $250 for the entire list or $95 per 1,000 names. For further information, call NMMA's Washington office at 202-338-7003.
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