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NEWS - PRESIDENT'S REPORT - QUARTER 2, April 2020
 
President's Report
2020, Q-2 
 

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Uncertainty and unease are two feelings every business, family and individual are feeling too much of right now. As we all do our best to stay healthy and adapt to a fluid and fast changing world at work and home during the coronavirus pandemic, I hope you and your families are healthy. For all of us in Washington not in “essential businesses”, we have been instructed to Stay Home - Stay Healthy until May 4.

In this issue of WaterLife Peter Schrappen, NMTA Vice-President & Director of Government Affairs, shares good news and details about new legislation that will delay the phase-out of copper bottom paint until 2026. Carl Burke, NMTA Sportfishing Lobbyist, highlights nine important wins for sportfishing that were included in the recently approved Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) budget. Mark Yuasa, NMTA Director of Grow Boating Programs and a WDFW Puget Sound Sportfishing Advisor, provides important details about the on-going salmon-season-setting process known as “North of Falcon” – which refers to Cape Falcon in northern Oregon, marking the southern border of active management for Washington salmon stocks.

I’m optimistic about the future of recreational boating and fishing and many members I’ve talked with since early March feel the same way. Frank Hugelmeyer, the NMMA President/CEO, summed it up nicely recently with “recreational boating is well positioned to play a positive role in supporting the health and wellness of our country, everyone is focused on the seriousness of the immediate crisis at hand.”

While optimistic, I’m also realistic and know that until the spread of coronavirus slows, the coming weeks and months are going to be very challenging for businesses, employees and families. Following are some recent actions NMTA has taken on behalf of recreational boating businesses.

Essential Designation for Marina & Marine Repair Businesses On March 23, Peter Schrappen, NMTA Vice-President and Director of Government Affairs, successfully recommended to the Washington State Department of Commerce to allow marina and marine repair businesses be considered essential for transportation.

This has allowed some member businesses to remain open and provide essential services like safe and secure moorage, marine fuel, and marine service. Businesses can still apply for approval at this link: https://wabre.us/registration. If you have questions please contact Peter Schrappen at peter@nmta.net.

NMTA Health Insurance

Nearly 5,000 member employees and their dependents receive health insurance benefits from the NMTA Health Trust. Here are some important updates to coverage due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions about your health insurance please contact Michaela Gormley at mgormley@capitalbenefitservices.com.

The insurance commissioner has extended the grace period for premium payments to 60-days.

Member businesses can update and change their health insurance plans mid-plan to reduce costs and/or amount of contribution by employer.

Our carriers, Regence and Kaiser Permanente, have waived any out-of-pocket payments for medical treatments related to coronavirus.

Regence BlueShield coronavirus resources are available at this link: https://www.regence.com/member/health-lifestyle/coronavirus-covid-19.

Kaiser Permanente coronavirus resources are available at this link: https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/html/public/about/coronavirus.

Coronavirus Resources for Businesses

Navigating the available resources at the city, state and federal level for businesses is challenging. Working with the Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Association of Washington Business; Washington Retail Association; Marine Retailers Association of the Americas; and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, we have tried to organize some of the best resources available for our members at www.nmta.net/covid.

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was passed by Congress on March 27 and contains two key relief programs for businesses – the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Applications for PPP began on April 3 and applications are available at this link: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP%20Borrower%20Information%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf.  Applications for EIDL can be made at this link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance. The National Marine Manufacturers Association made a helpful flowchart at this link: http://nmma.net/assets/cabinets/Cabinet488/NMMA_Economic%20Relief%20Flow%20Chart.pdf to assist businesses in determining if the PPP or EIDL is right for your business.

NMTA Annual Meeting — April 15, 4 p.m.—Rescheduled for Online We have decided to have a virtual Annual Meeting using GoTo Meeting on April 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. We will change up the agenda and have an update on NMTA activities from myself and Peter Schrappen, and I think most importantly to hear and answer questions from members. If you would like to be part of the meeting please RSVP to Katie Groseclose at katieg@nmta.net and she will send you the GoTo Meeting information.

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show postponed to June 25-28 NMTA has postponed the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show until June 25-28. That said, none of us know what restrictions will be in place in late June. As I mentioned, our world is fluid and fast changing and the number one priority right now is to slow the spread of coronavirus. NMTA staff is standing by, ready to create events and promotions that bring boat buyers and sellers together, as well as other activities that encourage boaters and anglers to enjoy the water.

Seattle Boat Show Economic Impact Study

BST Associates is conducting an Economic Impact Study (EIS) for the Seattle Boat Show. If your businesses participated in the 2020 Seattle Boat Show you will be receiving a short, confidential survey by email to help determine the economic impact of the Seattle Boat Show to our region. BST Associates will also be surveying attendees from the 2020 Seattle Boat Show.

The NMTA staff are working remotely and available to assist you and your business. Staff contact information is available at this link: https://www.nmta.net/contact-us.asp.

There’s no doubt that this is a challenging time for all us. I like to say that we are one big family with 735 members. If there’s anything we can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I have found myself getting back to the basics during this time with my own family. If you feel the need to reach out to a partner in the industry, whether it’s an NMTA staffer or a fellow member or non-member, I’d encourage you to. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but you are not alone. We will get past this together.

Sincerely,

 

George Harris

President/CEO

 
 
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