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.
Officials say a similar bill was passed last year that granted immunity to prescription drug overdose reports in minors. The new bill would expand immunity to all ages, and all substances.
Al Pscholka is a State Representative and Chairman of the house Appropriations Committee. He developed the bill and its predecessor.
“You know we should never be afraid to save a life so that’s what really started this whole conversation about expanding the Good Samaritan Act, and allowing for people to escape prosecution if it’s a medical emergency and you’re in the commission of saving someone’s life.”
Pscholka says in the state of Michigan, opioid drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents.
He says the original legislation has saved lives, and he hopes the passing of this bill will save more.
A new 10-million dollar science, technology, engineering and math institute is coming to Midland.
The facility will be funded by Michigan State University, Dow Chemical Company, The Herber H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker foundations. Continue reading →
The Blue Ribbon Advisory Group is the newest regulatory body created by the DNR to protect and improve Michigan’s public gaming areas.
The group will examine hunting grounds and suggest ways to improve the habitat, and hunters’ overall experience.
Russ Mason is a spokesman for the DNR. He says the effort is more important than some people may realize
“And it’s important for people to recognize that these aren’t just acres that are sittin’ there. These are acres that are critical for the timber industry, the mining industry. These aren’t just a bunch of trees on public land. These are really valuable assets that we need to think about and care for in a very deliberate fashion, and move forward. Because they are, perhaps the catalyst for Michigan’s economic recovery.”
Mason says the group is going to have a lot to consider
“The U.P and the Northern Lower 40 acres of land per man, woman and child. Southern Michigan we’re essentially .04 acres. There are counties in Southern Michigan without a square inch of public hunting land. That needs to be different if we want Michiganders to care about the one thing that makes Michigan special in my view, and that’s their natural resources. ”
Mason says the Group is expected to wrap up its work within 18 months.