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July 28, 2003

Governor Gray Davis Issues California Marina Day Proclamation

Governor Gray Davis has issued a proclamation recognizing National Marina Day, August 9, 2003, as California Marina Day.

Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Director of the California Department of Boating and Waterways said, "Recreational boating has a $17-billion annual impact on California's economy, and our 800 marinas obviously play an important role in that contribution."

National Marina Day is an annual celebration of the important role marinas play in waterfront communities all across the country, and the positive impact marinas have on the quality of life in America. This is the second annual National Marina Day, which is sponsored by the Marina Operators Association of America.

The full text of Governor Davis' proclamation follows.


the Governor of the State of California

WHEREAS, the word "marina" was used for the very first time by the National Association of Engine and Boat Manufacturers in 1928 to define a recreational boating facility; and

WHEREAS, California is home to more than 800 recreational marina boating facilities that contribute substantially to their communities by providing a safe, reliable gateway to boating; and

WHEREAS, California's marinas play a valuable role in recreational boating, which contributes some $17 billion annually to the State's economy; and

WHEREAS, California's marinas provide a place where friends and families can come together for recreation, rest and relaxation; and

WHEREAS, California's marina operators help to provide education on boating safety, boating regulations and environmentally safe products; and

WHEREAS, California's marinas will continue to provide an environmentally friendly gateway to boating for the citizens and the visitors to the Golden State; and

WHEREAS, the California Department of Boating and Waterways is dedicated to enhancing safety improving public access to the waterways through the construction and improvement of marinas; and

WHEREAS, the California Department of Boating and Waterways is observing August 9, 2003 as National Marina Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim August 9, 2003 as "California Marina Day."

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 14th day of July, 2003.

Gray Davis
Governor of California


Kevin Shelley
Secretary of State