The Salty Southeast Cruisersâ€™ Net is very proud to announce that our web site is now â€œtheâ€ STRATEGIC WEB PARTNER for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA, http://www.atlintracoastal.org/)! Our two organizations will be working closely together to promote dredging and maintenance of the AICW! The SSECN welcomes the opportunity to be closely associated with the #1 organization supporting the betterment of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway!
The entire Salty Southeast Cruisersâ€™ Net bunch could not believe more strongly that the very best chance we have for maintaining and even expanding the great national resource represented by the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, is through the good offices of the AIWA. More than anyone else, this recently revitalized organization has the means and people in place to get the attention of the â€œpowers that beâ€ in Washington, DC, and funnel the moneys needed to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The SSECN takes pride in now being part of this process!
On a practical level, the SSECN has begun its partnership with the AIWA, by freely supplying all the necessary information from our site to allow the creation of â€œAICW Problem Stretchesâ€ and â€œAICW Navigation Alertsâ€ pages on the AIWAâ€™s web site. And, we have, in turn, published the latest edition of the AIWAâ€™s newsletter on the SSECN web site.
All future AIWA newsletters will also be published on the SSECN, and we have created a special category for this purpose. You can always reach the current, and archived AIWA newsletters by clicking the â€œAIWAâ€ selection on the blue background menus, found at the top of all SSECN pages!
Finally, if we could put on our editorial hats for a moment, we believe in our heart of hearts that it is VITAL for the cruising community to support and participate in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association. The continued viability of the AICW is absolutely necessary for maintenance of the cruising lifestyle throughout the coastal waters of the Southeastern USA.
Even those of you who regularly cruise the waters of the Florida Keys and/or Western Florida, would be severely impacted if the steady flow of cruising traffic north and south on the AICW were to be severely interrupted. Because the AICW has always been around for all our lives, we maintain that it is difficult for most of us to even imagine how severely the entire pleasure craft and cruising industry would be impacted by the loss of the AICW.
So, to complete this thought, individual cruisers can join the AICW for a mere $25.00. You will never spend a better $25 in your life. Please go to http://www.atlintracoastal.org/join-aiwa for more information.
As one of our regular readers, Captain Sterling, often says, â€œSee you on the Waterway!â€
Several years ago, I attended an annual meeting of the AIWA in Wrightsville Beach, NC. (I have had a love affair with the AICW since the first time I got beaten up by a nor’easter on the stretch in the Neuse River in 1972).
It was a most enlightening experience to mingle with the professionals who use and maintain the waterway. I was particularly impressed with the representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers who are responsible for maintaining the waterway. They were obviously dedicated to their work and took great pride in the project (which has a long and colorful history). Although they must have been frustrated by the pitiful budgets they had to work with, they were astute in not revealing their personal views of the politics surrounding the annual funding allocations (far more astute than I!).
Good for you, Claiborne, for getting the weight of the SSECN behind the organization that’s working to preserve this fantastic but, tho I hate to say it, unappreciated national resource.