What to Know When Preparing Marina Storage Agreements

John VennemanMarine facilities such as marinas, yacht clubs and boatyards provide valuable access to vessel berthing, mooring and storage for boat owners. The amenities and services provided by these marine facilities can be a welcome resource for boat owners along any stretch of water.

The relationship between a marina, yacht club or boatyard and a vessel owner can be a mutually beneficial one, but complications in the use of such marine facilities can arise. For that reason, boat slip rights of usage should not be casual arrangements and typically should be memorialized in writing. Continue reading

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Maintaining a Safe Environment at Your Fuel Dock

Barry TarnefA fuel dock may be considered an amenity to some boaters, but it is a tangible added value to a marina, yacht club or boatyard. Though fueling services come with many positives, there are also exposures associated with flammable liquids, namely fires and explosions, and even spillage, which can create the potential for contamination and cleanup obligations. Continue reading

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Launching and Haulout Best Practices

John VennemanAs marina and boatyards operators, you have care, control and custody of precious cargo. During launching and hauling out operations, it is best to eliminate the potential for damage to the boats, property, staff, and visitors. Continue reading

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12 Steps to a Safer Construction Job Site

George CesariniSafety Week (May 7 – 11, 2018) reminds us of the importance of bringing continued awareness and focus to the risks associated with the construction industry — and taking proactive measures to help combat these risks and make the construction industry safer. This same focus should be carried out throughout the year, making safety our everyday goal.

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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA):
Making Room for Creativity

Sonja TeagueWhen you think of FMLA, you may not think of advocacy, creativity, and understanding.

That’s understandable. FMLA is designed specifically to offer job protection for employees. Yet employers can manage FMLA leave in a way that reduces the significant costs associated with leave while also improving the employee experience.

How can you advocate for your employees and also keep organizational costs in check? Start with these steps. Continue reading

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Slip and Fall Prevention during Boat Shows

Kim FinlayBoat dealers, boat builders, marinas, and yacht clubs alike have the opportunity to meet potential and current customers, showcase inventory, and furthermore, make sales during boat shows.

Unfortunately, there is often a heightened risk of trip and fall incidents occurring at boat shows due to the environment and setting by the water. Where such incidents occur, current or potential customers may develop some animosity toward boat show hosts and vendors, and might assert claims of liability for such incidents based on negligence, as well. Fortunately, there are proactive steps owners and boat dealers can take to help reduce the likelihood of slip and fall incidents at boat shows. Continue reading

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Leasing to a Pop-Up Shop? Watch for Hidden Risks

Jay Taylor
Once confined to Halloween and holiday fare, pop-up stores have proliferated, selling everything from fine silk to skater gear. For retailers, pop-ups can be a way to move from online to a brick-and-mortar presence, generate buzz for a new or growing product line, or move large quantities of inventory.

If you own or manage commercial real estate, pop-up shops can make good business sense for your firm, too. Need to fill vacant space and bring in revenue at the same time? Want to draw more people in with popular products? Looking for potential leads to long-term leases? Pop-ups might be the answer. Continue reading

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Beyond the Buzz: Assessing Pop-Up Risks

Jay TaylorA Cheetos-themed restaurant. A St. Ives skin care product mixing bar. A Metallica gear shop. Pop-up stores have come a long way.

If you’re looking to move from online to a physical location, generate more buzz for your brand, or create an immersive customer experience, you’re likely considering a pop-up shop. Continue reading

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The ELD Mandate: What Fleet Managers Need to Know

Jennifer GuerriniThe electronic logging device (ELD) rule effective date is around the corner – are you ready? Being “ready” means not only installing devices but also allowing time for drivers to get comfortable with the new technology.

Published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the ELD rule goes into effect December 18, 2017. The FMCSA estimates it will save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries involving large commercial motor vehicle crashes each year. Continue reading

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Preparing Marinas for the Off Season

Carl BaslerFall has arrived and with that comes the off season for marina and yacht club owners. Just as you would prepare for hurricane season, it’s important to take proactive measures to secure marinas and yacht clubs for the off season. Haul out and winterization services expose a new area of risk for marinas if owners do not prepare properly. Continue reading

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