SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS: SENATE RESOLUTION 361-SUPPORTING THE GOALS OF NATIONAL MARINA DAY AND URGING MARINAS TO CONTINUE PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY GATEWAYS TO BOATING
Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I rise today to submit legislation designating August 14, 2004, as National Marina Day to honor America's marinas for their many contributions to local communities. This year's celebration will be held in Georgia on Lake Sidney Lanier, one of the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lakes in the nation, and home to 10 marinas. National Marina Day was created by the Marine Operators Association of America to educate civic leaders, government leaders, and the public about the important role that the marina industry plays in cities and towns across America as family-friendly gateways to boating and outdoor recreation.
Georgia's Lake Lanier consists of 39,000 acres of water and 692 miles of shoreline. The lake was originally authorized by the United States Congress in 1946 for the purposes of power production, flood control, downstream navigation, and fish and wildlife management. Over the years, recreation has become a major factor in the lake's attraction to 8 million visitors each year. According to a recent study commissioned by the Metro Atlanta Marine Trade Association, Lake Lanier generates nearly $5.5 billion in annual economic impact from jobs created on and around the lake, restaurants, hotels and resorts, camping and recreation, real estate sales, boat and marine dealers, and marinas.
National Marina Day will be held for the third year in a row, is set to have its most successful year yet, in no small part by the tireless work of the President of the Marina Operators of Lake Lanier, Kirby Cay Scheimann, State Representative Stacy Reece of Gainesville, Georgia, the President of the Marina Operators Association of America, Bill Anderson, and the President of the International Marina Institute, Gregg Kenney. I am grateful for all the hard work that everyone involved has contributed to making National Marina Day a huge success.