Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act
There is a great amount of finger pointing to who is responsible for coastal development. In contemporary times, the finger often gets pointed at individual homeowners. How could they build/buy a house, there? I find the whole thing nonsense. It takes two to tango and national development, coastal and otherwise, has been supported by private and public efforts.
This morning my attention was brought to the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 (PL 105-178). The Act provides Federal funding to states for the
construction, renovation and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long that are operated, leased, rented, or chartered primarily for pleasure.
The Act amended the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777). Subsequent reauthorizations of the Act allow expenditures from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and the continuation of the BIG Program. Boating infrastructure means the structures, equipment, accessories, and services that are necessary or desirable for a facility to accommodate eligible vessels. Transient vessels are those passing through or by a place, staying up to 15 days. Projects completed using BIG funds must provide public access, but may be publicly or privately owned.
There are two things interesting to me here. First, here is another example of public support (Federal money, state efforts) to develop the coast. Second, this particular act provides funding for a very specific niche of boaters- namely those on vacation. That is, "transient, and non trailerable" also means nonlocal. That is to say, to my knowledge, the act does not support public boat ramps for local residents.
The act priortizes state needs as follows:
(A) consist of the construction, renovation, or maintenance of facilities for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels in accordance with a plan submitted by a State under subsection (c);
(B) provide for public/private partnership efforts to develop, maintain, and operate facilities for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels; and
(C) propose innovative ways to increase the availability of facilities for transient nontrailerable recreational vessels.