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Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation Announces 2020 Scholarships and Educational Awards

– The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of their 2020 scholarships and educational awards. Since 2006, the MTA/NJ Education Foundation has awarded over $25,000 to deserving students and has provided over $10,000 towards marine education and training for members.

New Member Benefit - Graphic Design Services

We are excited to announce a NEW MEMBER BENEFIT exclusively for MTA/NJ Members. We are now expanding our in-house graphic design services to help members create print and online advertisements, brochures and flyers, online banners and more.
Please view the guidelines and requirements and fill out the order and agreement on the new Graphic Design Order Form.

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Elects its 2020-2021 Officers and Directors

After the cancellation of their Annual Dinner and Elections due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Marine Trades Association of NJ (MTA/NJ) held a virtual election to select their 2020- 2021 Officers & Directors. Ed McCarthy of McCarthy's Marine Sales will continue his term as President of the Association. Greg Wright of John B. Wright Insurance in Manasquan will continue to serve as First Vice President, and George Fuller of George Fuller's Marine & Machine in Bayville will remain Second Vice President. Ed Harrison, III of Baywood Marina in Brick remains the Treasurer and Raymond Bogan of Sinn, Fitzsimmons, Cantoli, Bogan, West & Steuerman in Point Pleasant Beach continues as Secretary. Jim Cerruti of Fair Haven Yacht Works in Fair Haven will stay on the board as Immediate Past President.

Membership Renewals

Membership Investment Invoices were recently mailed. We thank you for your membership and for supporting our industry. It is truly an honor to work for and represent such a hardworking and dedicated group of individuals and businesses.

Please renew your membership in the MTA/NJ as soon as possible so that we can continue our efforts to support all of our members through this challenging time. Thank you to those of you that have already renewed.

You can renew online here at this link: Renew Online Here

Thank you to those of you that have already renewed and for your continued support!

We've Moved!

The Marine Trades Association of NJ has moved to a new office. Please update your records with our new address:
413 Euclid Avenue
Brielle, NJ 08730

NJ PACT (Protecting Against Climate Change)

As you may have seen in the news, on January 27th Governor Murphy unveiled his Energy Master Plan and issued an Executive Order to reach the Administration's goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. As part of this initiative, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 100 which directs the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make sweeping regulatory reforms, branded as Protecting Against Climate Threats (PACT), to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. The NJDEP held its first stakeholder meeting on Monday, March 2nd . The MTA/NJ was invited to participate and Melissa Danko attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to listen to the stakeholders' ideas regarding potential rulemaking that would reform the Department's land use regulations by ensuring that these rules promote resilience and assist communities in adapting to the unavoidable impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, extreme weather, and chronic flooding. The Department provided a brief overview of topic areas, including: coastal and CAFRA planning, resilient building, and nature based solutions. It is early to know what this specifically means and how this could impact our industry but it is something that the Association is closely monitoring and will address as needed to continue to protect our members and the boating industry.

Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasures (SPCC)

The purpose of the SPCC rule is to prevent discharges of oil into navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. One of the primary ways the rule sets out to accomplish this goal is by requiring secondary containment for the tanker. If you sell fuel, now would be a good time to review the rule and make sure that if you are regulated by this rule that you are in compliance. The Member Messages email sent on March 6, 2020 contains links to assist you.

More than $4 Million Secured for Dredging of Cheesequake Creek

The MTA/NJ is pleased to announce that after years of lobbying and fighting for this project that funds have been secured to dredge Cheesequake Creek. U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) has allocated $4.1 million in federal funding for the dredging of Cheesequake Creek in Middlesex County. The announcement comes after the federal lawmakers urged the Army Corps to support the dredging project, citing the adverse impacts on navigation, safety, and the local economy resulting from the lack of maintenance dreading for decades.

Boating United: Support the SHORE Act

Congress is debating much-needed legislation to update our nation's ports, harbors, and waterways - but we need to ensure outdoor recreation is included in this debate. For too long, water infrastructure projects that support recreation access have gone unappreciated and neglected. Fortunately, the bipartisan Safer Harbors for Our Recreation Economy (SHORE) Act would require federal agencies to account for recreation's economic impact when approving projects. For the outdoor recreation industry - and the entire U.S. economy - to continue to grow, it is essential that navigation and harbor maintenance projects are sufficiently funded to create jobs in coastal and inland waterway communities, improve access for water-based recreational activities, and make conditions safer for the recreational boating and angling communities. This is something the MTA/NJ has long been advocating for and we ask that all members click the link to support the act.

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