Marine and Recreational Boating Industry

At nearly $9 billion, the marine industry is one of Broward County's biggest economic generators. Our local market is internationally known as the yachting and boating capital of the world. Recognizing its vital importance to our local economy the City of Dania Beach is undertaking many exciting marine related initiatives that cater primarily to the needs of the recreational boater and the industries that support this market. Deep water canals, working boatyards and marine-related facilities, such as manufacturers, yacht and charter brokers, technical services, marine suppliers and mega-yacht builders call Dania Beach home. Boats and yachts of all sizes make their home or receive repairs in Dania Beach which directly and indirectly employs hundreds of Dania Beach residents. Dania Beach has also taken other steps to support and promote the marine industry including but not limited to increasing public awareness through Chamber of Commerce activities, adopting more marine applicable zoning codes, allowing dock rentals behind homes, dredging the Dania Cut-Off canal, providing public access boat ramps, supporting events such as the Plywood Regatta, Waterway Clean Up and the Marine Flea Market.

With over 20 boatyards and marinas, Dania Beach truly is the marine city in Broward County. We are proud of our role as the home for the recreational boater. Our goal is to serve the needs of local boaters including dockage, storage, repair, and sales. Dania Beach is also home to the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Headquarters, Outdoor World, Diver's Direct Corporate Headquarters, and numerous other marine relates stores and businesses. Our new city marina will have 35-transient slips to serve day dockers and small boating clubs. Dania Beach is also home to some of the best kayak trails in Florida at Whiskey Creek and the diving off of Dania Beach is considered good by local divers. South Broward High School is a Marine Magnet school and we work closely with that program to help students get the most out of the program. I also support the Marine Institute at Broward College. Our goal is to educate our local kids in the various marine sciences and trades so that they can find careers in the local marine industry and our local boat builders and repair yards will have a study stream of well-educated and properly prepared employees.

I am a strong supporter of governance that benefits and promotes our marine industry. As a member of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida the leading voice that promotes and protects the sound growth of the marine industry, and also the Marina Mile 84 Association, which consists of local business and community leaders associated with the local marine industry, I will continue to help support the growth and retention of marine-related business in Dania Beach because is plays such a vital role in our local economy and lifestyle.

I live, work and play in Dania Beach and I plan to spend the rest of my life here. I humbly ask that you allow me to keep my Commitment, Experience, and Judgment working for you on the Dania Beach City Commission and cast your vote to re-elect me on November 6th, 2012.

Thank you,
Mayor Walter Duke