Thank you for posting this. As an avid offshore boater who enjoys coming to Sarasota a few times each year to enjoy your great waters, I am happy to offer my support. Your group did a great job last year in standing up for the rights of the boating community and deserve our support. I had a lengthy conversation with JS last night and am conviced your group is on the right track to deal with this.
It will take considerable effort and money of coarse, so I am sending in my financial contribution to help with this worthy cause. I believe the entire offshore boating community, including boaters, manufacturers, and poker run organisers should all get involved and show our support. We need to take a stand here, or soon we will find the same problem on our own home waters.
As for the perceived noise problem, the industry / sport has made great strides in the last couple of years in addressing this issue. Many of us including myself have outfitted our boats with mufflers or other sound attenuating devices. Many of the offshore boat manufacturers are now producing a much quieter product. I feel our sport is moving in the right direction a measurable progress is being made.
I wish you every success and hope your group will continue to keep up the good fight.