July 2022 – News from Our Coasts
COASTAL NEWS FOR JULY
Updates from US Harbors
- In August we honor the dedication and courage of the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard traces its founding to an act of Congress on August 4, 1790, which is why on this day we celebrate the courageous work of these service members upon whom we rely, every time we go out on the water.
- Don’t forget to print your July charts!
- BoatUS is continuing to offer FREE online safety courses that meet the rules for your state.
Florida – NOAA Released the “Restoration Blueprint” for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Once finalized, it will be the first comprehensive update of the sanctuary’s boundary, regulations, marine zones, and associated management in nearly a quarter century. The plan describes proposed changes to boundaries and regulations, both sanctuary-wide and within specific marine zones in order to protect and sustain this important and fragile eco-environment spanning 3,803 square miles of waters surrounding the Florida Keys.
Connecticut – Restoration of nearly 40 acres of salt marsh and other coastal habitats will help Great Meadows Marsh in Long Island Sound respond to sea level rise. Funding recovered from three pollution cases is supporting restoration of nearly 40 acres of salt marsh and other coastal habitats at Great Meadows Marsh. The marsh is located in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Stratford, Connecticut. Through this effort, NOAA and partners are strengthening the climate resilience of this important coastal ecosystem.
Maine – Join Schoodic Institute to survey rockweed along the Maine Coast! The research team at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park invites you to participate in Project ASCO, an ongoing citizen science initiative designed to get interested participants into the intertidal along the entire Maine Coast to gather important data on rockweed, or Ascophyllum nodosum (“Asco”). To find out more about how you can participate, including available training sessions: https://schoodicinstitute.org/science/marine-ecology-research/latest-projects/project-asco-assessing-seaweed-via-community-observations/
Maryland – The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has announced that it has broken ground on its new Welcome Center, the first part of a plan to make major upgrades to the campus, which will also include a museum store and two new exhibition spaces.
New York and New Jersey – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will conduct a regional environmental review of six lease areas offshore New York and New Jersey in the New York Bight. Leases for these six areas were awarded through BOEM’s February 2022 auction that brought in over $4.3 billion, a record amount for any U.S. offshore renewable or conventional energy lease sale. “This new regional approach is an evolution of our process to help ensure timely decisions that advance offshore wind while protecting the ocean environment and marine life,” BOEM Director Amanda Lefton, said in a statement.
Updates From Our Partners
BoatUS – What a difference a year makes. After the 2020 boat show season was all but torpedoed by COVID-19, an armada of miraculously effective vaccines were distributed across the country in record time, and we’ve returned to some semblance of “normal” in America. The result? The majority of U.S. boat shows are a go for the 2022 season! How close they resemble the boat shows you remember remains to be seen — probably right up until showtime. BoatUS Members get discounted tickets to NMMA and other independent boat shows across the US. Become a member today, and then order your discounted tickets as soon as they become available.
FORMULA BOATS – Model year 2022 marks Thunderbird’s 66th year in the production of fiberglass powerboats. A family-owned company located in Decatur, Indiana, Thunderbird produces boats that are world renowned for beautiful styling, advanced engineering and exciting performance on the water. With a long-established philosophy of uncompromising quality in every detail, Formula is recognized as today’s premier powerboat.
July 20th-23rd, 2022 – Key West, FL – Celebrating its 40th year, the
2022 Key West Marlin Tournament, featuring $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes, is set for July 20 – 23, 2022. The tournament, coinciding with the annual Hemingway Days Celebration in Key West, Florida, is a world-class fishing event drawing anglers eager to test the waters on “The Wall.” In addition to spectacular fishing and prizes, the event features nightly festivities, including cocktail parties, dinners and an award banquet.
July 20th-23rd, 2022 – Monroe, MI – Three days of country music and camping in Brooklyn, Michigan. The 2022 lineup includes
Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Morgan Wade, Morgan Wallen, Jake Owen, Ashley McBryde, Alanna Springsteen and many others. Guaranteed to be the party of the summer!
July 23rd – Mystic, CT – The Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous
is a dazzling display of high-quality antique and classic vessels including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. Approximate 25 classic vessels create a colorful gathering along the Museum’s waterfront all day Saturday. This year we honor the Cruising Club of America and CCA member vessel Bolero. Saturday afternoon, the vessels make their way down the Mystic River in a jubilant, three-mile parade.
July 23rd, 2022 – Cleveland, Ohio – The second family-friendly Christmas in July is returning to North Coast Harbor this month. The event will be in Voinovich Bicentennial Park and Oasis
Marina on Saturday, July 23. It will include music, stage performances, food and – of course – an appearance by Santa before culminating with a holiday movie screening and lighted boat contest. The City of Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Oasis Marinas are behind the festive summer evening.
July 23rd – Camden, ME – The Camden Conference celebrates its return to the Camden Opera House and its 35th year by hosting CBS
News Chief Election & Campaign Correspondent Robert Costa. Karin Look, president of the Camden Conference Board of Directors, will open the event with a brief look toward the February 2023 Conference. Veteran journalist Matt Storin, a member and past president of the Conference, will lead a wide-ranging conversation with Mr. Costa and offer the audience an opportunity to ask questions. After the discussion, there will be a book signing of “Peril,” the best-selling book about the final days of the Trump presidency and the beginning of the Biden presidency written by Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, on the third floor, sponsored by Arctic Tern Books.
July 26th-28th – Gloucester, MA – After a two year hiatus, it’s back!
The 2022 Bluefin Blowout marks its ninth year, and is New England’s premier giant bluefin tuna tournament presented by the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group, and hosted by Cape Ann’s Marina Resort in the historic fishing port of Gloucester, MA! Showcased on the National Geographic’s hit series “Wicked Tuna,” the Bluefin Blowout draws some of the best giant tuna fishermen on the east coast competing in two long days of fishing to take home over $60,000 in cash, jackpots, and prizes along with the coveted Bluefin Blowout Trophy, all while benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. Lots to enjoy, including the giant weigh-in station, vendors, tournament tent, live music and entertainment.
August 3-7 – Rockland, ME – The Maine Lobster Festival is five days
of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine. This annual event takes place during the first weekend of August, from Wednesday through Sunday. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Rockland, Maine, each year with the promise of fresh, local lobster dinners, nationally renowned entertainers, cooking contests, activities for all ages, Maine craftsmen and artists.
August 5-7, 2022 – Seattle, WA – An iconic Pacific Northwest tradition, Seafair Weekend Festival is the culmination of the summer-long Seafair Celebration. Known and loved as an unofficial Puget Sound holiday, this is the most anticipated event of the summer! Set on Lake Washington’s 1.5 miles of shoreline, the Festival is the largest boating event, air show, and festival all rolled into one. Fans enjoy the Boeing Seafair Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Miss HomeStreet racing at over 220 MPH in the HomeStreet Bank Cup, and the unforgettable sights, sounds, and smells of Alaska Airlines Park.
August 17, 2022 – Camden, Maine – Please join us at the Camden Yacht Club, for a very special evening of Schooner Tall Tales with
emcee Aaron Lincoln. Which captain tells the best sea story? The audience decides! Aaron Lincoln is owner and captain of the Camden-based Schooner Olad and Cutter Owl. Born in Rockland, he has sailed everywhere from Nova Scotia to the British Virgin Islands and has logged more than 100,000 miles in Penobscot Bay and a good many in the Mediterranean. Aaron has his fair share of sea stories and will be all ears as his fellow captains recall their adventures under sail. The suspense will be high as audience members select their favorite tale.
August 15-21 – Long Beach, WA – The Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) also known as Long Beach Kite
Festival is a week-long kite celebration taking place annually in late August, namely its 3rd week. From Monday to Sunday, this wonderful event on the beach fills the sky with colour and action. The festival attracts the best kite fliers from all around the globe. Over 10,000 attendees gather here, not only to observe but also have their kite flying adventures.
Updates from Our Coastal Community
SHELTER COVE MARINA, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – Celebrating its 33rd year, HarbourFest returns to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina as Hilton Head Island’s most popular summer multi-week event with music from the beloved Shannon Tanner, kids activities with Cappy the Clown and weekly Tuesday night fireworks (through August 23). Shannon Tanner & Cappy the Clown will continue to run all summer long Monday-Friday through Labor Day Weekend. To view the full schedule of summer entertainment and fireworks, please visit ShelterCoveHarbourFest.com.
ASSOCIATION OF MARINA INDUSTRIES TRAINING INSTITUTE – is offering an Intermediate Training Course online September 7-29. The course meet virtually twice a week and provides comprehensive training in marina operations, policies and procedures, taught by leaders in the industry. To qualify to attend you must have two years of management experience. This is the institute’s most popular course, so you will want to sign up now to reserve a place.
THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION reports that the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background
concentrations in one sample from Northwest Florida over the past week. Southwest Florida also had background concentrations, while along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed. For more detailed information visit https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/
Photo of the Month
The featured photo below, of Brownsville, WA, was submitted by Norman Monson, who says, “the port of Brownsville is a protected harbor, great for viewing blue heron rookeries from a kayak, and has a Marina where charter boats depart for salmon fishing or fishing off dock.”
NOTE FROM OUR EDITOR: Do you have a beautiful or fun photo of your harbor or a project you’re working on? Send it to us!