According to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, boat sales in Michigan totaled over eight hundred and $40 million in 2016.
The state came in third to Florida and Texas in boat sales. Their sales were in the billions of dollars.
Officials say boat sales picked up around 2009, and since then, the market has continued to grow..
Bill Kerns is the General Manager at Spicer’s Boat City in Houghton Lake. He says there are a number of reasons the market is doing well.
“New people getting into the sport, dealers being more ready for the onslaught of business, more product out in the field, and pontoons have continued to grow the industry and we saw growth at the end of last year with those as well.”
Kerns says with technology continuing to make boating more appealing, the market in Michigan will likely stay strong.
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The community of Evart, in Osceola county, is glad to see the recent cold weather. Residents can finally skate on their new outdoor ice rink.
The ice rink started as an idea in the mind of Deb Booher, a local resident, Director of the local community volunteer group, and all around spit fire. She wanted to give community members, and particularly kids, something to do over the winter months.
Michigan State University must release the names of student athletes named as suspects in police reports to news organizations. The Michigan Supreme Court issued that order today (Wed.). Continue reading →
Michigan State University has won a temporary reprieve from a court order to release the names of 301 student-athletes listed as suspects in police reports. Otherwise, the deadline to release the names was Friday.
The sports network ESPN is seeking the names under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. It’s part of an investigation into whether colleges treat student-athletes suspected of crimes differently than other students. MSU gave ESPN police reports, but with the names blacked out. MSU says it should not have to release the names unless the students are formally charged with a crime. ESPN says it can’t do the story without the names and it’s a matter of legitimate public interest. Continue reading →