Peter Stevens, President of MTAWNY summed up the local season succinctly: no floods, just rain -- and a lot of wind, or no wind, which didn’t make a lot of people happy.”
The Association’s main thrust is their February Boat show at the Buffalo Bills Field House, and a safety video being worked on with the Buffalo Harbor Safety Committee. The committee includes the Coast Guard and virtually all other marine-related interests in the Downtown Buffalo area.
“Sales were pretty good” this year, Peter reported -- adding his current focus is renegotiating a new five-year contract for the Association’s annual Boat Show at the Field House. The 2017 Boat Show brought in more than 7,500 attendees, and dealers sold more than 90 boats. But that isn’t all the group does, he noted -- it attempts to be proactive in promoting safety and other marine-related activities in Western New York.
He noted that “Geoff Smith regularly attends meetings on our behalf,” coordinating with the area’s marine industry. In addition to the USCG, others involved in producing the safety video include area tour boats, rental boat companies, and all the marinas in Downtown Buffalo. The video would normally be expected to cost between $10,000 and $15,000, but Peter notes the costs will be kept down by working closely with the USCG Buffalo Station.