TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE BOATING INDUSTRY IN MARYLAND

John C. Astle, Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Governor: Kay T. Brawley; E. Steuart Chaney; Leonard W. (Jay) Dayton, Jr.; Concetta M. DelSignore; Debbie H. Gosselin; Deborah S. Travers; Jeffrey W. Truesdale; Susan K. Zellers.

Appointed by Senate President: John C. Astle

Appointed by House Speaker: Richard A. Sossi

Ex officio: Hannah L. Byron, designee of Secretary of Business & Economic Development; John (Rusty) McKay, designee of Secretary of the Environment; Frank W. Dawson III, designee of Secretary of Natural Resources.

Staff: Peter Chambliss
c/o Dept. of Business & Economic Development
World Trade Center, 401 East Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202 - 3316
(410) 767-6294
e-mail: pchambliss@visitmaryland.org

Capt. Robert W. Davis
c/o Natural Resources Police Force
Tawes State Office Building, C-3, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401 - 2397
(410) 260-8841
e-mail: rdavis@dnr.state.md.us

In July 2007, the Task Force to Study the Boating Industry in Maryland was established (Chapter 523, Acts of 2007). The Task Force was charged with making recommendations on how to expand and develop the boating industry in Maryland. The Task Force researched the current economic impact of marine industries and recreational boaters; and evaluated the use of incentives as a means to encourage large boats and yachts to stop at Maryland's marinas and boatyards. It also considered ways to promote boating tourism; and identified any barriers to expansion of the boating industry in the State.

On November 5, 2007, the Task Force submitted a preliminary report to the Governor, Senate President, and House Speaker. Its final report was made to the Governor and General Assembly on December 31, 2008. Authorization for the Task Force ended June 30, 2009 (Chapters 11 & 12, Acts of 2008).

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