August 28, 2018

Dear AWA Member,

In 2010, a fringe environmental group sued the National Park Service (NPS) at Gulf Islands National Seashore claiming personal watercraft should be prohibited on these publicly owned waters. This forced the NPS to spend $652,000 of your tax dollars on a revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a new draft PWC Management Plan.

Both documents were recently released. It’s essential our voices are heard for free and equal access. You may never ride Gulf Islands National Seashore, but these are your public waterways. If you don’t speak up, the anti-access crowd wins.

Please take a few minutes of your time and go to AWAHQ.ORG.  Click on the link in the letter, and submit a public comment online and support Alternative B. Personal Watercraft should be able to operate just as any other motorized vessel. 

Every comment counts, no matter what part of the country it comes from. As an individual, it counts even more.

The NPS prefers Alterative D, which would still discriminate against personal watercraft. The other alternatives range from an outright ban to unjust discriminatory restrictions.

The anti-access crowd often submits “public comments” from all over the globe. People in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere submit anti-access comments, even if they couldn’t locate Gulf Islands NS on a map. This is how radical environmental groups operate. We need to show that actual PWC owners in the U.S. have a say as well.

Please submit a public comment supporting Alternative B at the following address, or by going to AWAHQ.ORG and following the links.

Public comments close September 17th, 2018. Make sure fellow PWC riders, family, friends and like-minded boaters submit a comment supporting Alt B. Your opinion counts the most. The NPS works for all of us.

Make copies of this letter and distribute them to fellow riders. Every rider has a stake in this basic freedom of access issue. Comment today. Your access to your public waters depends on it.

Think Free. Live Free. Ride Free.

Chris Manthos, American Watercraft Association

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