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TO COMMEND SOUTH CAROLINA'S MARINAS FOR THEIR VITAL ROLE IN PROVIDING A GATEWAY TO BOATING FOR THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TO RECOGNIZE AUGUST 9, 2008, AS NATIONAL MARINA DAY TO HONOR MARINAS FOR THEIR MANY CONTRIBUTIONS.
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina General Assembly place a high value on recreation time and the ability to access one of America's greatest natural resources, its waterways; and
Whereas, in 1928, the word "marina" was used for the very first time by the National Association of Engine and Boat Manufacturers to denote a recreational boating facility; and
Whereas, South Carolina is home to hundreds of recreational boating facilities that contribute substantially to their communities by providing a safe, reliable gateway to boating for citizens and welcomed guests; and
Whereas, South Carolina's marinas also serve as stewards of the environment, actively seeking to protect the surrounding waterways not only for enjoyment of this generation but for generations to come; and
Whereas, providing South Carolinians and visitors with a place where friends and families can come together for recreation, rest, and relaxation, marinas are integral to the South Carolina way of life. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, commend South Carolina's marinas for their vital role in providing a gateway to boating for the citizens and visitors of South Carolina, and recognize August 9, 2008, as National Marina Day to honor marinas for their many contributions.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina Marine Association.
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