FWC Airboat noise FAQ's

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FWC Airboat noise FAQ's

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Found a link to the FWC's FAQ's about Airboat noise. Interesting reading :?

http://myfwc.com/boating/airboat_sound_faq.htm

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I hadn't seen that yet moodfood, Thanks.

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It wasn't moodfood, but your welcome :D

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Sorry :oops:

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That is some interesting reading - especially considering who it comes from - FWC. It gives me a little hope that they are not out "to get us". Little things like them using the phrase "airboat sound" in most places with only a few places it says "airboat noise".

It nicely lists a timeline of the history of the airboat sound debate too.

I wonder who the "stakeholders on both sides of the issue" are.

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just a email I got

The Florida Airboat Association (FAA) is working towards retaining a lobbyist for the 2006 legislative session & is taking pledges towards this goal. Your vote is by your wallet for this endeavor! You do not need to be an FAA member to support this effort.
Time is of the essence! Please read below & attached file, circulate far & wide and publish in your news letters. The deadline is September 15.

Pledges to date:
Kissimmee River Valley Sportsmen's Association (KRVSA) $2000.00
Broward County Airboat, Halftrack Conservation Club $2000.00
Power Shift Productions (Props) $1000.00
Seminole County Airboat Association $500.00

Pledges will soon be posted on the websites listed below.

Please read! Any questions, call me.

Happy hunting,

PW
813-968-6154

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Florida Airboat Association
200 N. Cortez Avenue – Winter Springs, FL 32708
Walt Shirley, President
Tel: 863-675-6428



The Future of Air boating in Florida

August 5, 2005

Dear Airboating Enthusiast and Business Owner:

We are at a critical point for our outdoor recreational activities. If we don't act soon, with a firm resolve to defend ourselves from our opponent, the term "Sportsmen who use Airboats" could be reduced to "Sportsmen who Walk or Paddle." The time to act is now!

While I summarize what needs to be done in the next few lines, I'll give a full accounting in the attached story.

In April, members of the Florida Airboat Association (FAA) voted to toss a major obstacle into the path of our opponents. Since then, we have identified an outstanding lobbyist willing to tackle our agenda in Tallahassee. The ballpark cost for this lobbying effort is $36,000.00. If we are to have our voices heard in the halls of Tallahassee, we need to act and have this money pledged by September 15, as the legislative committees begin meeting September 1.

We are appealing to our FAA organizations, the airboat manufactures and service industries, the general sportsmen who use airboats and anyone who will vote with their wallet to protect sportsmen, to make a pledge for us to have our voice heard.

Why Hire a Lobbyist?

As our world has changed, well financed special interest groups have eroded many of our outdoor recreational activities that we have taken for granted. From non biological, political reasons for banning bear hunting in Florida, to a constitutional amendment banning hog husbandry, to the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of Florida woodlands & wetlands for hunting and recreating to future closures of hundreds of square miles of Gulf & Atlantic areas to fishing, we are losing ground because we fail to bring a comprehensive plan with the correct tools to fight our opponents to the table. While they bring lawyers, lobbyists, deep pockets and a sympathetic media to bear against us, we bring a squirt gun with stories of "old times not forgotten" to the table. It's just not an even fight. To even the score, we must have equal footing to fight.

While hiring a lobbyist is no guarantee of success, it does make a statement to our opponents and the state bureaucracies that we are to be taken seriously, that we have a watchdog at the gate of government and we will NOT bow down without a fight. As we were taught growing up not to throw the first punch, once thrown, we must defend ourselves or we will be viewed as weak and become a future target. An honorable defense once attacked earns respect.


We invited Bonnie Basham of Capitol Ideas to speak at the July FAA meeting. Bonnie explained that she has lobbied for marine and boating interests (see attached sheet) for over two decades, is in tune with our activities from a user perspective, is actively following wildlife issues within the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission and has a winning track record of passing legislation. She currently lobbies for the boating rights group Standing Watch and represents NASCAR in the capital. (One client of her's I spoke with described her on issues as a "pit bull, with a bite that don't let go.") I think she is the right person at the right time for the task at hand


************************************
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Why Act Now?

We are facing restrictions on a county-by-county basis. There have been outright airboat bans in Monroe county, parts of Manatee county, the city of Lakeland and specific areas within our state. We have restrictions in Polk, Osceola, Citrus, Lee and others counties.

As these precedents have not destroyed us, they will eventually result in a domino effect. As you read this as, we are facing more restrictions in Citrus and Alachua counties. Small areas face bans & restrictions, more remote areas will face increasing airboat traffic and will result in further restrictions. Even though the remote areas are not heavily populated, the environmentalists constantly cite negative sound level impacts on wildlife and destruction of habitat. While little science and research supports these statements, they are an easy sell in the media, are used as issues to raise funds (to hire their own lawyers & lobbyists) and project a negative image of our activities with other user groups. Again, as our opponents are able to raise millions of dollars on the "endangered" manatee and "highly endangered Florida Panther through bogus "facts," we must respond to these attacks or the "myth" they promote will dominate in the public's mind will become defacto "fact."

Since the Florida Legislature became involved with issues affecting airboats, in 2002, our side has somewhat mobilized.

* We stopped a proposed statewide statue vessel sound level of 90 dB at 50 feet
from passing.
* We have contacted our elected officials and voiced our concerns.
* The FAA launched a modest Public Relations campaign to promote the positive
side of airboats. We have gained valuable newspaper stories, radio air time
and TV video promoting the role of airboat sportsmen in lake cleanups,
hurricane evacuations, crab trap removals, charitable events, search, rescue
and recovery, just to name a few.
* We wrote and circulated a Code of Ethics, we have a Safety Committee working
on safer Air boating activities.
* We have endorsed the use of automotive type mufflers on airboats.

We are making a strong statement to concerned parties we are doing our part to reduce complaints and steer our sportsmen to become a group of leading conservationists. These actions in turn are beginning to produce results in gaining allies to our cause, thus folks are taking note.


FAA Proposed Legislation:

There are 5 parts to our proposed legislation. I'll be brief in the explanation of each part.

1) We propose 94 dB @ 100'. The state's enabling act lists 90 dB .@ 50' that counties may adopt. While the state testing showed most vessels equipped with mufflers can operate 90 dB @ 50' while on a plane, none could achieve a plane within 90 dB. The 94 dB @ 100' will give us breathing room and numbers to work with.

2) We propose SAE J 1970 Testing Standards. We do not wish to have arbitrary testing. However, where problems exist, we want testing available via professional equipment, with testing conducted at the property or water line drawing complaints.

3) We propose "Factory Type" Mufflers. We want the 4dB of sound reduction automotive mufflers offer.

4) We propose a Definition of an Airboat in the Statues. Currently, there is no definition of an airboat on the part of the state.

5) We propose an Anti-Discrimination statement in the statues. This is a very important clause and will be a hurdle to our opponents and stop airboat specific laws in the counties. This may prove to override current discriminatory rules by the counties. Airboats will be governed as just another vessel.

************************************

3

How WE can accomplish this Goal:

It has been recognized that to protect our rights as sporstsmenand airboaters in the state of Florida, and for many of us our livelihood, we MUST hire a lobbyist. To this end, we need to raise $36,000.

I am encouraging you to vote with your checkbook. The Florida Airboat Association will accept pledges to support our effort.

If we can raise 80% of the $36,000 ($28,800) by September 15, we will sign the contract that will give us representation in Tallahassee. Pledges will be posted on the Florida Airboat Association's (http://flairboat.com/) and Airboat World Magazine's (http://www.airboatworld.com/) websites, with the pledge amount and contributor's name appearing on the rolling total.

Time is of the essence in this matter!

Please make your pledge and mail it today to:

Airboat World Magazine
805 South Magnolia, suite B
Ocala, Fl. 34474
Att: Terri Latner

Better yet, enclose a check now and help us accomplish our goal.
Make checks payable to the Florida Airboat Association

Sincerely,

**** *******, Chair: Rules Committee
813-968-6154

Walt Shirley, President
863-675-6428
****************************************************

FLORIDA AIRBOAT ASSOCIATION, Inc.
200 N. Cortez Avenue – Winter Springs, FL 32708
Walt Shirley, President
Tel: 863-675-6428


LEGISLATIVE ACTION CONTRIBUTION FORM


Company/Organization: ___________________________________________

Contact person: ________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________

________________________________________

City: _________________ State: _____ Zip: ______

Phone: _____________________________

Email: _____________________________


Pledge amount: $ ____________

Contribution enclosed: $ _______________

Check # ___________


Mail to:

Airboat World Magazine
805 South Magnolia, suite B
Ocala, Fl. 34474
Att: Terri Latner

Should we sadly fail to attain our goal, upon request, your donation to the lobbying fund will be returned. If not returned, it will be deposited into the FAA general funds to be used for another statewide project. Any donated funds over and above the cost of this project will also be used towards other FAA statewide project. Your hard earned money will be put to good use defending & advancing our activities.
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This is definitely an issue that we should all contribute to. $36,000 sounds like a lot of money but there are a lot of airboaters out there as well. If everyone contributes something and then gets their friends to contribute this goal is easily reachable.

There are 327 registered members of this site. I see where $5500 has already been raised so my math tells me that leaves $30,500. If every member were to contribute about $94 we'd be set. Granted that is alot of money for some folks (me). That's why we should contact friends and get their help to. Hopefully some of the manufacturers will help at as they should.

My check will be in the mail tomorrow.

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Thanks for posting that cchardt!

Blackpowderscout - you asked what to do with any extra money on the care package postage. I say put the extra toward this. Every penny counts!

I sure would like to see Southern Ariboat's name there listed with those other names. I'm sure it will be, You can count me in for at least a little. And when my checkbook is fatter, I'll donate again.

The september 15 deadline is CLOSE!!! only around 5 weeks away. It'll be here before we know it so we can't delay about this!!!

I wonder if there is a media opportunity at the monthly run? As I said before, it was an impressive sight to see such a large collections of boats acting in such a well behaved manner. If you feel there is an chance for some good publicity here, run it thru the channels and set it up! I'll make sure to be on my best behavior!

Not long ago, Cowboy made a rant that I think is the ultimate root of the problem: "Another Noise Nut" http://www.southernairboat.com/phpBB2/v ... t=986#6480 (hey! I figured out how to manipulate the link to take you right to his post :) )
Cowboy says:
But with that sort of freedom comes responsibillity. When your going to head out miles into the wilderness or marshes, well you've got to take all the responsibillity for yourself. That's fine by me.

People who think like they do you never take on that sort of responsibillity for themselves. They expect to be able to call someone to save them from themselves, or others, and be there in a matter of seconds.


This is just the latest freedom for us to lose because some people want the government to legislate bliss. They want there to be a law against accidents and strikes of lightning. They have no bravery or sense of satisfaction of their own, and want the gov't to somehow give their life meaning. That is hard to fight! And that empty feeling those people have in their gut will not go away, even if we win this battle. So we ought to make plans for a continuing cause here. Man that hurts to say!!!! But it is just a feeling I have. An onimous feeling. :( I won't even get (more) into the political ranting about the decline of the "American Way" but darnit, its probably warranted here - since I believe it is the root of the problem. I'm glad my grandfather & father lived in a great nation, and I'm glad I do too. I just wonder what it'll be like in 2 or 3 more generations. Probably need a permit to just go outside and let dangerous UV light on your skin.

I'm sending in money! Thank your F.A.A.

matt

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Hey ya'll,

There's no crap in the truth for this and how fast we gotta move!

Millionaire named Brian something,(wonder why I can't remember the anti's names)?! The florida biodiversity group was his wolf in sheeps clothing group, (all of 4 members strong but with big bucks) basically took the Big Cypress from us here in Collier County a few years back!

How, with the big bucks and the sportsman not acting fast enough! Pray God he don't get wind of this or we're screwed as this man uses his hard earned,(yeah right) millions to pay the attorneys and lobbyist to keep us out of the woods!

My 97.00 will be there if I have to sell something!

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Moodfood....you got it. If there is any money left over form the package donations it is going straight towards this. WE CAN GET THIS DONE!! :D

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It looks like we are gearing up for a fight. GOOD, finally, we all seem to be getting together to make a stand. I want to thank the officers of the FAA for taking their time to help the cause for everyone. The FAA is a young organization and I think I am correct in saying is only made up of 4 or 5 officers. I believe they are working on a by-law change to get a board of directors set up so there can be more people on board to help. But this will take time. I believe somebody that visits this site is one of the officers and can correct me if I am wrong. Meanwhile, we all need to do what ever we can to help. Join or start a club, educate the public, invite somebody on a ride, or just take your boat on a trip to Wal-Mart and see how many people ask about it. Put a club's stickers on your boat, or the ones from this site. We can win this fight. But the bottom line is $$$. Thats how the camps in WCA 2 and 3 were saved. And it is not just going to be $36k this year, this will be an ongoing battle. I am like a lot of you guys, $100 bucks takes some doing to come up with extra for "them dang airboats" as my wife calls them. Guess we should have dicussed that a little more before... I digress. I am a proud member of the Broward County club, even though I don't have a boat right now (see note about wife ;-}), and I want there to be a place to go airboating when I am in the position to get a boat again. We have our annual show to have the money to support causes just like this. What I am getting at is most of us have more time than money. Getting organized in a club and sharing the burdern of raising dollars is the best way I see to make it happen. Have a BBQ and sell tickets, raffle off something, have a poker run. It can be a lot of fun to raise money. We have the resources and the people, we just gotta get organized. This web site is proof that a one or two people can make a difference. (Sorry, I am not sure besides Rick, I think, who else is responsible for this great site and who is covering the bills.) I tell people in my club every month about this site so we can all keep on on issues with airboating, everywhere, not just our back yard. The time to act is now. Stepping down from the soap box to get back to work now...

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I wonder if there is a media opportunity at the monthly run?

Yes there is. Contact Lauren Brown Lkbrown46@aol.com of the FAA or myself Gatorstick@aol.com on how to do press releases & how to deal with media. We need more positive public exposure. The many chairity efforts of the sportsmens groups who use airboats to the people of Florida needs to be told to the public. Every one of the 25 airboat related clubs give back to their communities above & beyond the call & we MUST tell this story to our citizens. Squeeky wheel......

Muddy Ducky you're right as we have to fight back and spread the message.

BTW, Broward CAH&CC, just as KRVSA, is always willing to pony up for a fight. They jumped early. We need to spread this effort out among users, not just the usual handful of "defenders of the heritage." Tell your local airboat related business about the effort and ask them what THEY did to support THEIR business and our boating.

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Thanks for picking up on my question about a media opportunity. I was wondering if it got lost in the shuffle.

Some thoughts that come to mind:
It'd be nice to be able to give them a fairly accurate guess at the number of boats that will be there. (speaking of which - is there enough parking at Camp Holly? Are we just dropping in on them unannounced?)

Un-muffled boats (such as mine) ought not to get on plane until out of sight of the camera. So the quietest boats should be the last to cast off as the others idling get a head start. If just one loud boat tears it up within sight of the camera, no doubt they'll show that as their coverage.

The fact that we are collecting stuff for care packages is cool. It shows that we take action as a group for a worthy cause.

I have not seen any positive stuff on TV about airboats recently. The last I saw was on the Orlando Sentinel's news channel 13 (on Brighthouse cable) where they showed a nice looking boat on a story about gator poachers. Not really good press. The soccer moms think all airboaters are poachers the way they worded the story.

So who writes a press realease on behalf of the Southern Airboat Gang?

matt.

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Matt,
If you're a leader on this ride, call me. I'll fill you in on media. 813-968-6154. If there is this type of funraiser for the troops, media should be notified & the more numerous the notifications, the greater the chance of coverage.

As for loud, mufflers would be nice but unmuffled just need to be softer on the gas. Still no law for mufflers but it's coming. The BIG PR image on a media ride is to ask as many folks as possible who will be near the reporter or camera is to WEAR THEIR PFD. Should go unsaid that every boat have it's required safety equipment too.

In the public eye, you have a brief moment to have the most positive image. PFD useage is the first visual. Sane behavior is another.

If you want to drop an elk at 300m, the tool is not a .223 but somelike like a .300 Win Mag. If you want a positive public image, what they see, hear & told needs to be maximized. That's the correct tool to recieve the desired results. It's ultimately the public that will interpret the message delivered by the media.
PW

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When the speed of the prop exceeds .67 the speed of sound (mach), which most props is 2200-2400 rpm, the prop sound overcomes the exhaust sound. Keeping the prop speed down keeps the overall sound level down.

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Good one Gatorstick. Me a leader! haha :) I'm about as far from a leader as one can get! All I do is ask questions. I ask because I'm new to airboating. And I ask because I truly believe that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Questions are the stairs that lead to higher knowledge and understanding.

I understand that for some, putting on a media show is not their idea of fun. Believe me, I understand - I'm one. But for this kind of people, if we want to help in this fight against the anti-airboaters this seems to me to be one good hands-on thing to do. The media people will stay at the dock, so once we leave the dock - the real fun begins.

Good call about the PFD. That's why I'm no leader. I never would have thought of that detail.

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EVENTS******NEWS******EVENTS******NEWS******EVENTS******NEWS



There is a lot going on this month. The most pressing topic is that of hiring a lobbyist to help get the legislation started to protect our rights. Please read below and join any of the event or club meetings that you can. If you need more information give us a call.

AND PLEASE SEND IN YOUR PLEDGE!!!!

Terri

Airboat World Magazine

352-840-0083



Florida Airboat Association
200 N. Cortez Avenue – Winter Springs, FL 32708
Walt Shirley, President
Tel: 863-675-6428


The Future of Air boating in Florida

August 5, 2005

Dear Airboating Enthusiast and Business Owner:

We are at a critical point for our outdoor recreational activities. If we don't act soon, with a firm resolve to defend ourselves from our opponent, the term "Sportsmen who use Airboats" could be reduced to "Sportsmen who Walk or Paddle." The time to act is now!

While I summarize what needs to be done in the next few lines, I'll give a full accounting in the attached story.

In April, members of the Florida Airboat Association (FAA) voted to toss a major obstacle into the path of our opponents. Since then, we have identified an outstanding lobbyist willing to tackle our agenda in Tallahassee. The ballpark cost for this lobbying effort is $36,000.00. If we are to have our voices heard in the halls of Tallahassee, we need to act and have this money pledged by September 15, as the legislative committees begin meeting September 1.

We are appealing to our FAA organizations, the airboat manufactures and service industries, the general sportsmen who use airboats and anyone who will vote with their wallet to protect sportsmen, to make a pledge for us to have our voice heard.

Why Hire a Lobbyist?

As our world has changed, well-financed special interest groups have eroded many of our outdoor recreational activities that we have taken for granted. >From non biological, political reasons for banning bear hunting in Florida, to a constitutional amendment banning hog husbandry, to the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of Florida woodlands & wetlands for hunting and recreating to future closures of hundreds of square miles of Gulf & Atlantic areas to fishing, we are losing ground because we fail to bring a comprehensive plan with the correct tools to fight our opponents to the table. While they bring lawyers, lobbyists, deep pockets and a sympathetic media to bear against us, we bring a squirt gun with stories of "old times not forgotten" to the table. It's just not an even fight. To even the score, we must have equal footing to fight.

While hiring a lobbyist is no guarantee of success, it does make a statement to our opponents and the state bureaucracies that we are to be taken seriously, that we have a watchdog at the gate of government and we will NOT bow down without a fight. As we were taught growing up not to throw the first punch, once thrown, we must defend ourselves or we will be viewed as weak and become a future target. An honorable defense once attacked earns respect.


We invited Bonnie Basham of Capitol Ideas to speak at the July FAA meeting. Bonnie explained that she has lobbied for marine and boating interests (see attached sheet) for over two decades, is in tune with our activities from a user perspective, is actively following wildlife issues within the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission and has a winning track record of passing legislation. She currently lobbies for the boating rights group Standing Watch and represents NASCAR in the capital. (One client of her's I spoke with described her on issues as a "pit bull, with a bite that don't let go.") I think she is the right person at the right time for the task at hand


************************************
Why Act Now?

We are facing restrictions on a county-by-county basis. There have been outright airboat bans in Monroe county, parts of Manatee county, the city of Lakeland and specific areas within our state. We have restrictions in Polk, Osceola, Citrus, Lee and others counties.

As these precedents have not destroyed us, they will eventually result in a domino effect. As you read this as, we are facing more restrictions in Citrus and Alachua counties. Small areas face bans & restrictions, more remote areas will face increasing airboat traffic and will result in further restrictions. Even though the remote areas are not heavily populated, the environmentalists constantly cite negative sound level impacts on wildlife and destruction of habitat. While little science and research supports these statements, they are an easy sell in the media, are used as issues to raise funds (to hire their own lawyers & lobbyists) and project a negative image of our activities with other user groups. Again, as our opponents are able to raise millions of dollars on the "endangered" manatee and "highly endangered Florida Panther through bogus "facts," we must respond to these attacks or the "myth" they promote will dominate in the public's mind will become defacto "fact."

Since the Florida Legislature became involved with issues affecting airboats, in 2002, our side has somewhat mobilized.

* We stopped a proposed statewide statue vessel sound level of 90 dB at 50 feet
from passing.
* We have contacted our elected officials and voiced our concerns.
* The FAA launched a modest Public Relations campaign to promote the positive
side of airboats. We have gained valuable newspaper stories, radio air time
and TV video promoting the role of airboat sportsmen in lake cleanups,
hurricane evacuations, crab trap removals, charitable events, search, rescue
and recovery, just to name a few.
* We wrote and circulated a Code of Ethics, we have a Safety Committee working
on safer Air boating activities.
* We have endorsed the use of automotive type mufflers on airboats.

We are making a strong statement to concerned parties we are doing our part to reduce complaints and steer our sportsmen to become a group of leading conservationists. These actions in turn are beginning to produce results in gaining allies to our cause, thus folks are taking note.


FAA Proposed Legislation:

There are 5 parts to our proposed legislation. I'll be brief in the explanation of each part.

1) We propose 94 dB @ 100'. The state's enabling act lists 90 dB. @ 50' that counties may adopt. While the state testing showed most vessels equipped with mufflers can operate 90 dB @ 50' while on a plane, none could achieve a plane within 90 dB. The 94 dB @ 100' will give us breathing room and numbers to work with.

2) We propose SAE J 1970 Testing Standards. We do not wish to have arbitrary testing. However, where problems exist, we want testing available via professional equipment, with testing conducted at the property or water line drawing complaints.

3) We propose "Factory Type" Mufflers. We want the 4dB of sound reduction automotive mufflers offer.

4) We propose a Definition of an Airboat in the Statues. Currently, there is no definition of an airboat on the part of the state.

5) We propose an Anti-Discrimination statement in the statues. This is a very important clause and will be a hurdle to our opponents and stop airboat specific laws in the counties. This may prove to override current discriminatory rules by the counties. Airboats will be governed as just another vessel.

************************************

3
How WE can accomplish this Goal:

It has been recognized that to protect our rights as sporstsmenand airboaters in the state of Florida, and for many of us our livelihood, we MUST hire a lobbyist. To this end, we need to raise $36,000.

I am encouraging you to vote with your checkbook. The Florida Airboat Association will accept pledges to support our effort.

If we can raise 80% of the $36,000 ($28,800) by September 15, we will sign the contract that will give us representation in Tallahassee. Pledges will be posted on the Florida Airboat Association's (http://flairboat.com/) and Airboat World Magazine's (http://www.airboatworld.com/) websites; with the pledge amount and contributor's name appearing on the rolling total.

Time is of the essence in this matter!

Please make your pledge and mail it today to:

(THIS IS FOR PLEDGES ONLY, ALL CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS ARE TO BE MAILED TO

THE FLORIDA AIRBOAT ASSOCIATION ADDRESS LISTED BELOW)

Airboat World Magazine
805 South Magnolia, suite B
Ocala, Fl. 34474
Att: Terri Latner

Better yet, enclose a check now and help us accomplish our goal.
Make checks payable to the Florida Airboat Association

Sincerely,

**** *******, Chair: Rules Committee
813-968-6154

Walt Shirley, President
863-675-6428
****************************************************

FLORIDA AIRBOAT ASSOCIATION, Inc.
200 N. Cortez Avenue – Winter Springs, FL 32708
Walt Shirley, President
Tel: 863-675-6428



I just want to let everyone know that Southern Airboat.com members are planning a ride near Melbourne on August 27th.

In conjunction with this gathering, I am asking for donations for a project I am organizing to build care packages for our deployed servicemen and women overseas. Terri here with AMW magazine helped me in locating a website called Anysoldier.com which lists soldier's addresses who have requested to receive packages. Many of these individuals are NCO's and officers who then distribute the boxes amongst their personnel.

I'm sure some of you have served you're country as I have and know that mail call is very lonely when you don't get anything. Let's work together to help some soldiers out.

I have created a list of possible items that includes but is not limited to:


Beef Jerky/Books/Magazines
CD's/DVD’s (no war flicks)
cereals/hard candy/drink mix (sugar added)
baby wipes/calling cards (120 min, its overseas)
multi tools/hand tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc)
Letters of Support (especially from kids)

This list is by no means exclusive. If you have any other items you would like to donate be my guest. As long as it is legal we will include it.

Also, as we are shipping these through the U.S. Postal Service, we will have to pay for shipping. Any monetary donations to help defer this cost will be appreciated.

My goal is to create a minimum of 10 packages, however I hope to exceed this amount.

For more info on the ride near Melbourne, visit the SouthernAirboat.com website.

For more info on Operation Airboat, as I'm beginning to call it, you can either visit the Southern Airboat website or email me for contact info.

Thank you and I hope to see you on the water!

Adam Wetherington








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Press Releases for Media

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Hello All

I will be more than happy to do my part in writing press releases to go out to the media. I currently write for the Florida Airboat Association in getting out topics of interest to the public.

The "run for the troops" on August 27, is of particular interest. Have gathered some details by reading the posts. If any of ya'll out there can give me more specifics, email me or feel free to call. We will get er done!

Lauren
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FWC noise questions

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Hey ya'll,

Just a reminder that Septerber 15th is right around the corner, (deadline for the contributions). Mine will be mailed this weekend with a "Southern Airboat" member signature.

Seems to me that the Florida Airboat Association is "carrying the ball" pretty well on our "war front" and I'll surely try to hold up my end with any support possible to keep us all in the woods!

Basketcase

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