WHEREAS, Michigan is home to nearly 1 million registered boats and an estimated 300,000 legally non-registered canoes and kayaks; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan is home to an estimated more than 4 million boating enthusiasts; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan ranks third, nationally, in boating registrations and ranks as the 3rd largest boating market in the country; and,
WHEREAS, Recreational boating has an annual $7.4 billion impact in the state; and,
WHEREAS, The Boating Industry provides 58,863 jobs in Michigan; and,
WHEREAS, In Michigan, you are never farther than 6 miles from a lake or stream. Michigan has more than 11,037 inland lakes and ponds and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan has 1,300 public access sites, 1,064 marinas and 80 Harbors of Refuge available for boaters to launch and/or store their vessels; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan’s Harbor of Refuge program means that when boating the Michigan Great Lakes shoreline, you are never more than 30 miles from safe harbor; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan’s varied water types, and 154 species of fish allows for an incredible range of freshwater boating experiences for canoes and kayaks, to sailboats, pontoon boats, to fishing boats, cruisers and yachts; and,
WHEREAS, Boating and fishing are recreational activities individuals of any age and agility can enjoy and offers quality time, face-to-face, making memories that last a lifetime; and,
WHEREAS, Boating is a very safe recreational activity with a 5% decrease in accidents and 9% decrease in fatalities from 2013 to 2014;
WHEREAS, Michigan Boating Week is an opportunity for government to join forces with recreational boating associations, businesses, manufacturers, groups, organizations, clubs and citizens to promote Boating and the freshwater resources Michigan has to offer to more Michiganders.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 6-14, 2015 as Michigan Boating Week.