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A task force to study the Boating Industry in Maryland was established by Chapter 523, Acts of 2007, the purpose of which was to evaluate and make recommendations to grow the industry in Maryland.
On the 2nd Sunday in June, CYBCA Q/O John Zalusky was worked with local and state politician to bring attention to the pollution of our waterways at the Patuxent River Wade-In. Former Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler held his 15th annual Patuxent River Wide-In. Bernie has been stubbornly calling attention to the pollution of the Patuxent River for 20 years and has joined the suit against the EPA and the State of Maryland alleging failure to clean up the Bay and more particularly the Patuxent River. This wade-in occurs annually on the 2nd Sunday in June at Brooms Island, left on MD Route 2/4 South of Prince Frederick. CBYCA should be seen here as it is a major Southern Maryland political event, generally attended by U.S. House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, Mike Miller, President of the Maryland State Senate and others. There were numerous Maryland VIPS present and all waded-in. This is one of the most prestigious political events on Chesapeake Bay events, and it is well attended by those who can make a difference
Mark June 13,
2010, 2 P.M. as next year it will be at the Jefferson/Paterson State Park
(St. Leonard). Try to attend as it is a major Southern Maryland
political event, generally attended by U.S. House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer,
Mike Miller, President of the Maryland State Senate and others. The CBYCA
should be seen here wearingr white tennis shoes, white shorts, and your CBYCA
uniform shirt and hat, as all attendees are expected to wade-in. On top of
its value - it is a fun event.
CBYCA Qualifications Officer and Burney Fowler .jpg CBYCA Qualifications Officer John Zalusky, Fred Tuttman, the Patuxent Riverkeeper .jpg
Former State Senator Burney Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.jpg Governor O'Malley, Senator Roy Dyson, Sue Kullen, State Delegate and speaker of the House.jpg
Since 2005 the
CBYCA has been the resource of information, raising the flag, to protect the
Chesapeake Bay against the havoc of LNG tanker shipments to Sparrows Point.
In 2006 the CBYCA, led by P/C(o6) Jerry Donofrio, developed a "Position
Paper", outlining various Federal and State code requirements and other
considerations affecting the boating community. After pursuing our position
through the continuous efforts of CBYCA's Board of Governors
leadership (07,08 & 09), in concert with others, pounding the issues at local,
state and federal levels - we have triumphed! Our message has been Heard.
denials were imposed due to the pipeline that is critical to the path of
distribution. The Army Corps of
Engineers said it will not issue a permit for a proposed liquefied natural gas
terminal at Sparrows Point and a pipeline through Maryland to Pennsylvania until
the project's developer has complied with federal wildlife regulations.
See news article.
Letters on FERC June 12, 2008
Dr. Kay Brawley
Re: Docket Nos CP07-62-000 CP07-63-000 CP07-64-000 CP07-65-000
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Legislative Bills Directly Affecting Boating or Marine Industry
It wasn't easy, but CBYCA interests held its own as legislators struggled to balance a budget hit hard by revenue shortfalls and a looming recession. The 425th Session began January 9, 2008 and adjourned April 7, 2008.
Ms. Jackson is the first Commissioner, who has worked
in various levels of Federal and State employment. At this new level she will have to make certain political
decisions and balance environmental consciousness on hot topic issues.
Senate Republican leader, Leonard
Lance, from Flemington, announced that the non-partisan Office of Legislative
Services, (OLS), is drafting a Senate Resolution, at his request urging the
incoming Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, (DEP), to
reconsider accepting the donation of Petty’s island from the Citgo corporation.
Why would a Senator from Flemington be interested in the Delaware River?
It must be a test for the new Commissioner.
Commissioner is deep in politics after only her first breath.
Lance states that the island should have a $ 2 million trust to fund for greater
public access to a 400-acre island.
An island located in the middle of one of the most densely populated areas in
the world that is prime for development within the community. Now a hotel marina
on an island might be a novel idea. He went on to say that the island currently is home to a wide
variety of wildlife including blue herons and a pair of Bald Eagles.
Well hello Senator, so is the shoreline of Camden and Pennsauken.
Should we make these areas wild too?
The birds have been living here for generations.
The like it the way it is now.
The area behind the Island and
Camden/Pennsauken is the Back Channel.
Currently, it is the only navigatable area on the river protected from the main
stem channel traffic. With the
grand redevelopment of Camden and the Pennsauken Harbor, this entire area is
ready for tourism dollars with the design of a Recreational Maritime zone. It
would provide the access to the water for the public as well entices boaters to
travel the extra 40 miles from the inner-coastal waterway C&D canal to the
Camden area. The Boater Voter
Coalition believes that the area of Petty’s Island, Camden’s Cramer Hill and the
harbor area of Pennsauken be developed as the only recreational maritime
resource on the Delaware River.
By: Jerry Donofrio, Chairman
CBYCA Maryland Legislative Report
LNG SB 996: Critical Area-Construction of a Facility-Prohibition. Status: Stalled in Maryland Senate Committee
In addition to serving as your
Rear Commodore, I also serve as the CBYCA
representative to the State of Maryland’s Dredge Material Management Program (DMMP)
, and since 2001 have been a member of the DMMP’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC).
DMMP leadership is comprised of representatives of agencies of the State
and Federal Government, including the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps).
The Corps has the responsibility for maintaining the Federal waterways
including bridges, navigation aids, channel dredging and disposal of dredged
CBYCA had a significant role
influencing the final decision in 2001 to discontinue future “Open Bay Dumping”
of dredge spoils into the Chesapeake Bay. The Hart-Miller and Pooles Island sites will soon be filled to capacity with Bay spoils, hence
Bay spoils will go to a newly established site, Poplar Island. The Poplar
Island site will differ from Hart-Miller Island in that it has been mandated by
the Government to be environmentally friendly. When completed, it will contain
landscaped upland areas with planted vegetation and wetlands to promote habitat
The dredge spoils from
Baltimore Harbor are handled differently. Considered to be potentially
contaminated, they cannot be disposed of in the Chesapeake Bay except at
Hart-Miller-Island. (MD law).
Also, they are allowed to be used as “fill material” in restoration areas
within the harbor. Over 10 potential harbor disposal sites have been considered
by the DMMP over the past several years.
The Cox Creek and Masonville sites have now been selected and will be
used for future harbor spoil disposal. As part of the projects, the
areas will be cleaned up, reclaimed and improved for specific
We will keep you posted on
progress on these issues.
If you have any questions
regarding dredging issues in the Bay, please do not hesitate to contact me.
R/C Don Burton, 9/23/05
Additional Information on Baltimore Area Dredging Operations:
I went to
Richmond again today and learned at 8:45 a.m. before the scheduled opening of
the Committee that the bill was to be referred to the Committee on Courts of
Justice! Senator Lucas was there and was told at the same time as others
who were also there to testify: Jack Nourie, Richard Cook speaking as an
individual but also a Coast Guard officer, Charles Sledd of the Department of
Game and Inland Fisheries. The two NBF reps who were there last week were
not there today. Did they know of the referral?
TESTIMONY VIRGINIA by DSLVA KNIGHT -"sent to" the VA Committees on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and Courts of Justice.
The Never Ending Battle for take over of Old Dominion Boat Club continues to struggle.
Submitted by P/C Jerry Donofrio Sr. (webmaster CBYCA)
Since 1973,ODBC has been battling attempts to seize its riverfront property. At that time, the federal government tried to claim all land east of a 1791 high-water mark to be part of the Potomac River.
The U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the federal government's ridiculous argument On Jan. 11, that the court "refer to Maryland courts a question of whether panels of this court in the mid-twentieth century misinterpreted the dictum of a Maryland nineteenth century case applying a mid-eighteenth century Maryland statute that modified sixteenth century common law" -- and they sided with Old Dominion BC. Firstly because the boat club has clear title to its riverfront boathouse and marina, and secondly, the federal government cannot claim public access, the appellate court ruled.
So it should stand that, if the feds have no legal rights to the property, nor should the City of Alexandria. However, four months later, the Alexandria Planning Commission voted 6-1 to pass a $50 million Waterfront Plan that includes the parking lot areas of ODBC.
Here we are again trashing the apparent rights of the Fifth Amendment of property rights by using eminent domain for seizure of rightful ownership to increase tax revenue. Both the public officials and city residents should be ashamed of their disturbing actions and attempts to reduce the Flag Ship Organization to ashes.
Any plan should first respect the desires of the rightful ownership of the waterfront property and that is clearly the members of Old Dominion Boat Club who have stood this ground for centuries.
How will the effects of our elected officials rest the arguments of eminent domain for Old Dominion Boat Club? Possibly it may be found in the quote of John Adams, "I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate."
The question - Is this the same fate for everyone?
CAMPAIGN TO SAVE OLD DOMINION BOAT CLUB FROM CITY OF ALEXANDRIA
Website Old Dominion Boat Club ODBC -
Chesapeake Boaters Support Historic Alexandria Club- Press Release
Condemnation authority; definition of public uses.
More ODBC Website
Washington Post Article Nov. 10th
Washington Post Article Nov. 18th
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For interested clubs who wish to send letters of their support of Old Dominion Boat Club in its campaign to save its building and parking lot from a forced purchase by the City of Alexandria, the e-mail address of the Council and Mayor is-
City Board Appointments 2002 Three Year Term
King Street Planning Guide includes Retail areas.
November 20, 2004
Paul C. Smedberg, Councilman Alexandria, Virginia
Dear Councilman Smedberg:
On behalf of the members of the Corinthian Yacht Club, DC (1903-2004) and as Commodore we would appreciate your time to hear our opposition regarding Alexandria's plans to acquire ODBC property.
Our Yacht Club has been in existence since 1903. CYC is one of the many boating visitors who use ODBC facilities, docks and also contribute tourism to the historic town of Alexandria.
ODBC, as you know, has occupied their building since 1923 and added their parking lot and ramp in 1935. This address of ODBC has enhanced membership and for all these years proved a vital asset to the financial growth of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Since 9/11 our world has changed dramatically and ODBC has increased our safety by allowing law enforcement, fire/rescue and now Homeland Security patrols to train at ODBC facilities to better protect the City of Alexandria and their residents and all who visit ODBC.
We urge you to take a more positive view of ODBC and give this prestigious Club a continuing vision in bringing safe boating, recreation and economic growth to the City of Alexandria and their long standing members.
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the many reasons why ODBC should be able to maintain their current address of S Strand & King Streets, Alexandria, Virginia.
Darrell Derrington, Jr. Commodore Corinthian Yacht Club, DC (1903-2004)
cc: ODBC, Commodore Richard Lloyd - email@example.com CBYCA, Commodore Betty Stahler - CBYCAQO@aol.com PRYCA, Commodore Marv Storey - MTSTOREY@aol.com
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 15
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 15
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On December 9,
2002, Governor Mark Schweiker signed Senate Bill 463 into law as Act 199 of
2002. At about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, the Senate concurred in
the House amendments to Senate Bill 463 and sent the bill to the Governor.
The vote was 47 to 1. Earlier, at about 5 p.m. on November 27, the House of
Representatives approved Senate Bill 463 by a vote of 170 to 24. The House
added an amendment to the bill on the definition of passenger-carrying
boats. The House Game and Fisheries Committee approved Senate Bill 463 on
November 25, 2002. The Pennsylvania Senate approved Senate Bill 463 by a
48-1 vote on November 20, 2002. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved
Senate Bill 463 on November 19, 2002. The Senate Game and Fisheries
Committee approved Senate Bill 463, with amendments, at its meeting on
November 12, 2002. Background: Senate Bill 463, sponsored by Senator Richard
Kasunic with broad bipartisan support, provides that on or after January 1,
2003, it will be illegal for a person born on or after January 1, 1982, to
operate certain motorboat unless the person completes a boating safety
course and receives a boating safety certificate. PFBC Position: The Fish
and Boat Commission supported enactment of legislation to provide for
mandatory boating safety education for operators of motorboats. Senate Bill
463 represents a major step forward in seeking to ensure that operators of
motorboats have completed a basic boating safety course and have a sound
familiarity with the rules of the road of boating and safe boating
practices. The PFBC endorsed this legislation. According to Peter A.
Colangelo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission,
"Pennsylvania boaters have something extra to be thankful for this
Thanksgiving weekend. The actions of the General Assembly in approving
Senate Bill 463, which provides for a new mandatory boating education
program, means that our waterways will be safer and our boaters better
informed. I want to give special thanks to Senator Rich Kasunic for his hard
work on this bill. Senator Kasunic has introduced similar legislation at
least three times before but it never won final approval by both houses of
the General Assembly. But Senator Kasunic just would not give up his efforts
to improve boating education in Pennsylvania. With the help of Senator Ed
Helfrick and leaders of the House and Senate, this time the bill passed and
was approved by Governor Schweiker. Senator Kasunic has launched us toward
to goal of expanded boating safety education in Pennsylvania," Colangelo
concluded. Major Provisions: Act 199 of 2002 will expand and improve
Pennsylvania's boating safety education programs. It provides that persons
born on or after January 1, 1982 shall not operate certain motorboats on
Pennsylvania waters without first obtaining a boating safety education
certificate. The bill contains exemptions for non-resident visitors,
landowners operating boats on their own ponds which lack public access, and
operators of motorboats powered by electric motors or motors of 25 hp or
less. It provides for various courses of instruction. Boating safety
certificates, good for a lifetime, will carry a $10 fee.
INTERFERENCE TO GPS RECEIVERS FROM CONSUMER ELECTRONICS-GRADE ACTIVE VHF/UHF MARINE TELEVISION ANTENNAS
It has come to the attention of the U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Communications Commission that certain consumer electronics-grade active VHF/UHF marine television antennas are causing operational degradation in the performance of GPS receivers.
This interference may be realized as a display of inaccurate position information or a complete loss of GPS receiver acquisition and tracking ability and the interference interactions have been reported up to 2000 feet from the interference source. This interference has been associated in some instances with temperature extremes or proximity to a television broadcast site.
If you are experiencing recurring outages or degradation of your GPS receiver you should perform an on-off test of your TV antenna. If turning off the power to the antenna results in improvement in the GPS receiver performance, the antenna may be the source of interference in the GPS band. In that case, you should contact the manufacturer of the antenna and identify the symptoms. If the test is not positive and the GPS interference persists, you may contact the Coast Guard, Office of Spectrum Management via email at CGComms@comdt.uscg.mil or through the Coast Guard Navigation Information Service at 703-313-5900/email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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