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BoatU.S. Magazine Honored For Advocacy
BOATU.S. MAGAZINE HONORED FOR ADVOCACY
For the fourth year in a row, BoatU.S. Magazine has received an Apex Award, this time in the contest’s Editorials and Advocacy Writing category for its editorial column, Behind the Buoy, written by editor Michael Sciulla.
The winning column, in the September 2005 issue of the magazine (http://www.BoatUS.com/news/reports.htm), was a hard-hitting editorial taking on Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) for introducing legislation that would prohibit the National Weather Service from providing anything but severe weather forecasts to the public. Santorum’s bill would have required the National Weather Service to turn its data over to the private sector, which then would have been free to repackage it and sell it to the public.
“The nation’s 14 million recreational boat owners rely on accurate and up-to-the minute weather forecasts for their safety and prudent boaters always check weather forecasts before venturing out,” said Sciulla. “In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that have pummeled our coasts in recent years, this legislation is particularly inappropriate,“ he added.
Now in its 18th year, the Apex Awards are based on excellence in editorial content, graphic design, and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. Nearly 5,000 entries were received by the judges.
“Being recognized in the ‘Editorials and Advocacy Writing’ is especially gratifying because so much of the mission of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) is to represent not only the interests of our 660,000 members, but the larger boating community as well” said Sciulla, who has been editor of the association’s flagship publication since 1980.