This year’s California Boating Congress will commence on Tuesday evening, February 27th, with a cocktail reception for all attendees at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
The main event will kick off at 8:30 AM, Wednesday, February 28th at the Hyatt Regency, with an opening welcome from MRA President, Mark Sandoval, and Keynote Speech by Robert Newsome, Vice President, Engineering Standards & Membership, National Marine Manufacturers Association.
A summary of past and present legislative actions facing recreational boating in the state will be presented by Bret Gladfelty, MRA legislative advocate with the Apex Group, followed by a series of nine separate educational sessions focused on specific issues and programs affecting boating in California.
The early morning sessions of the California Boating Congress will include a discussion on the heavy burden of local, state and federal regulation imposed on the marine industry, and the crippling effect of those overlapping and sometimes contradictory layers of regulation. Navi Dhillion, an attorney with Morrison & Foerster LLP, will identify the various agencies that govern the marine industry and provide a matrix to help navigate those murky waters.
Dave Chanda, VP State Agency Engagement, with the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation will discuss the various marketing efforts being utilized across the country to recruit and retain recreational boaters and anglers, and grow participation in these great outdoor activities, despite some apparent government efforts to decrease outdoor recreation.
California State Lands Commission, Chief of External Affairs & Legislative Liaison, Sheri Pemberton, will discuss the Abandoned Vessel Removal Program, including existing and proposed grants, enforcement, and cleanup programs to mitigate the environmental effects of abandoned vessels.
Later morning sessions will focus on Division of Boating & Waterways policies, the California Vessel Operators Certification program, and efforts underway by many boating interests to grow and enhance recreational boating activity in California. Meetings with individual state legislators will take place in the afternoon after lunch.
With growing participation, education, and enthusiasm, this 3rd Annual CBC promises to be both informative and ground-breaking, giving recreational boating a strong collective voice in charting the future of boating policy in California.