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America's Boating Club

Boating is fun...we'll show you how

For Information: (702) 364-5505

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Sign Up NOW for America's Boating Course! ABC3 is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), is recognized by the United States Coast Guard, and is accepted by most states as meeting their requirements for getting a safety certificate, required in most states for operation of a water craft. Born after January 1, 1983? Nevada law mandates you complete a boating education course before operating a motorboat on Nevada waters. Class Cost is $45, includes a 6-month membership to LVSPS and will be held 8 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Lake Mead Marina Boat House Restaurant Banquet Room, 490 Horsepower Cove, Boulder City, Nevada, 0800-1400. Call Richard Stevens, AP, Squadron Education Officer to enroll, 702-303-2780. Click Here for Course Information

USPS

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

(Let the good times roll!)

USPS 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Annual Meeting

Jacksonville, FL

28 January through 1 February, 2014

As you arrive in Jacksonville: Notice welcome signs at the airport, on posts near the Hyatt Hotel and in the lobby of the hotel

Tours all week: Explore Jacksonville Tours to be announced

Wednesday, 29 January: Evening Party at Jacksonville Landing

Friday, 31 January: Yachty Gras Lighted Boat Parade, and Reception/Cocktail party, sponsored by the Hyatt Hotel

Saturday, 1 February: Annual Meeting with a special flag ceremony uniting squadron banners and district anniversary ensigns

Saturday, 1 February: Saturday evening Mardi Gras Ball and Banquet

Come Join The Fun!

District 13

Registration is now open for the District Bi-Conference to be held October 10-13 in Reno, Nevada

The list of seminars, special events, and registration form can be found in the September issue of Stars 'N Bars. You can make reservations for the 10th through the 13th of October with the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno at (800) 687-8733. The room block for the best rates is “United States Power Squadrons”.

Join us in Reno to let everyone know LVSPS is...

"The Best Squadron by a Dam Site!"

News

National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

Increase of Recreation Fees, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA) is authorized to collect recreation fees under the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) of 2004. Public meetings were held in June 1990 to discuss the proposed entrance stations and fees at LMNRA. In 1993, parks like LMNRA were identified in revisions of the Land and Water Conservations Fund Act and 1993 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act as high priority for implementation of entrance fee programs. In July 1999, LMNRA was designated a Fee Demonstration Park under the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program enacted by Congress in 1996, which was the predecessor to FLREA. LMNRA has been collecting entrance fees since 2000.

The recreation fee program has funded millions of dollars in initiatives and projects at LMNRA including the extension of launch ramps, park wide litter reduction, construction of visitor information/entrance stations, and a study of the Colorado River watershed.

LMNRA is designated a Tier II park in the National Park Service's national fee schedule. Currently, LMNRA charges fees that are well below its designated fee schedule. For years funding from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), which has allowed the proceeds from public land sales to fund projects and initiatives, has delayed the need to raise fees. In light of decreased SNPLMA funding and the current budgetary outlook, the park can no longer absorb inflationary costs while still being able to fund needed visitor services, conservation initiatives, deferred maintenance, and capital improvement projects.

Changes to the fee schedule include increases to the normal length of stay from five days to seven days. Fees for vehicle passes and individual passes will be raised in two stages, with the first on January 1, 2011 and the second on January 1, 2014. Discounts for additional vehicles and vessels will be eliminated. At this time, proposed increases would not affect the commercial tour fee category or the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes.

LVSPS has contacted NPS to obtain the actual proposed fee amounts, but as of 13 September 2013, no response has yet been received.

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