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Upton: Full steam ahead for Michigan boaters

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton today commended Governor Gretchen Whitmer after she announced her decision to relax restrictions on motorized boating in Michigan.

“Michigan is the Great Lakes State, and boating is a way of life for so many Michiganders. I’m glad to see Governor Whitmer was on board with my suggestion to relax the restrictions on motorized boating here in Michigan. As boating season quickly approaches, families can now use a personal watercraft or motorboat and enjoy the great outdoors while following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. Pulling away from that dock on a sunny afternoon is a favorite time-honored family traditions. It’s full steam ahead for Michigan boaters.

We commend Governor Whitmer for amending this part of her order, as well as several others, with commonsense adjustments that will be much appreciated and enjoyed. Tourism and small businesses are the lifeblood of our state, and we will continue to work with Governor Whitmer to flip that sign from closed to open.”

On Thursday, Upton wrote a letter to the Governor urging her to consider scaling back the restrictions that allowed only self-propelled boats like kayaks or canoes to be used. 

Recreational boating in Michigan has an overall annual economic impact of over $7.4 billion that supports over 30,000 jobs and over 1,400 businesses within the state. In the Sixth Congressional District alone,  recreational boating has a $617 million economic impact and supports over 3,400 direct jobs and more than 140 businesses. There are currently over 70,000 registered boats in the District.

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