On Nov. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finally took a sensible step toward protecting American consumers and the environment: It proposed a temporary reduction in the escalating levels of ethanol that are going into U.S. fuel blends.
This spring, Wounded Nature - Working Veterans (woundednature.org) asked boaters what could be done to encourage all boats to return to the docks with the beverage containers they departed with.
I was pleasantly surprised to read your Editorial section’s “Reader Rant” article (in the Nov. 8-21 issue of The Log) by Susan Gibbs, granddaughter of naval architect William Francis Gibbs.
The boating advocacy group Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) has issued a “Call to Action” to boaters across the state, asking them to immediately contact their elected representatives to prevent the taking of funds that are currently mandated for use only in boating projects to pay for non-boating-related flood control.
Editor: The article about the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s efforts to make sure stand-up paddleboarders educate themselves on required safety equipment and the Rules of the Road (“MdR Harbor Patrol Advises Paddleboarders to Stay Safe,” in the Aug. 30-Sept. 12 issue) brings up a growing problem.
Editor: In regard to the two people who were complaining to the Newport Beach City Council that allowing a couple of mega-yachts to moor here temporarily would “negatively impact their harbor view” (mentioned in the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 issue story “Two Mega-Yachts to Moor Temporarily in Newport Harbor), I have only one thing to say: I LIKE mega-yachts -- and I’m not alone in this.
In just a few days, the long-awaited 2013 America’s Cup races will begin on the West Coast. Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA will vie for sporting’s oldest trophy on San Francisco Bay, aboard some of racing’s newest cutting-edge boats: huge, light and fast AC72 catamarans.
The story in your Aug. 16-29 issue “Champion Team Oracle USA Forfeits America’s Cup World Series Titles” made me angry -- but perhaps not for the reason you might think.
If you have any concerns about the implementation process for the new fees, this is your chance to make your voice heard.
I read the Aug. 2-15 issue story, “Boaters Asked to Contact Legislators to Demand New Copper Standards,” with a great deal of interest. I’m glad that Recreational Boaters of California started a campaign to get boaters to demand that the EPA support a more appropriate standard for dissolved copper in harbor water: the Copper Marine Biotic Ligand Model (BLM).
Thanks to The Log’s Ambrosia Brody for the wonderful article about Chuck (Darragh) and Amity in The Log Newspaper (Aug. 2-15 issue).
It seems that almost every two years, some member of Congress decides that all boaters are wealthy “fat cats” who should be punished by having the longstanding second home mortgage deduction on boat loan interest taken away.
Does anyone -- other than the handful of people who are lucky enough to own a house on the sand in Newport Beach, within sight of a public beach fire ring; or the handful of environmental activists that would ban anything manmade from every one of our state’s beaches, if only they could -- really want to ban fire rings from Southern California beaches?
After 47 years of heading up Boat Owners of the United States -- better known as BoatU.S. -- organization founder and chairman Richard Schwartz has decided to retire. Schwartz, now 83, has been a major influence in the boating world, and the pastime is better for his efforts.
I am in total agreement with the city of Newport Beach about the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s new $4.32-per-visit user fee for anyone setting foot inside the boundaries of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. There is no reason for it (considering that the access is a city-maintained street, not some remote dirt road maintained by the state) and there is no fair way to collect this fee from every kayaker, rower, paddleboard rider, jogger, bird-watcher or hiker who might happen by.