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Awards salute civic service

District 3 and Manatee Sail & Power Squadron both received a BoatU.S. Distinguished Civic Service Award at the 2007 Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Fla.

The annual awards recognize a USPS district and squadron for exceptional service to the boating community.

“These two groups had great success in reaching out to their communities to make recreational boating more safe and enjoyable,” said BoatU.S. chairman and founder Richard Schwartz, who presented the award trophies.

District 3 squadrons logged more than 1,000 hours at boat shows; offered a unique aids-to-navigation tour of Long Island’s Great South Bay, held dozens of boating safety courses, and used the Web, local radio and TV to promote boating safety.

They also joined other organizations in calling for additional holding tank pump-out stations in the Long Island area to improve the boating environment.

Manatee Sail & Power Squadron was honored for its public education courses and seminars, boat show participation, vessel safety check program and its excellent website, which includes extensive information on hurricane preparedness and good-neighbor efforts. The squadron’s Hurricane Team gave PowerPoint presentations on hurricane preparation at waterfront communities, marinas and boat clubs. The squadron also worked with NOAA to chart Tampa Bay.

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