The State Department of Boating and Waterways will receive $66.113 million under the recently passed state budget for the 2004-05 fiscal year.

The department budget for the fiscal year 2003-04 was $84.323 million.

Funding for the State Department of Boating and Waterways is derived primarily from boating gasoline taxes, vessel registration fees and loan repayments.

The new fiscal year 2004-05 Boating and Waterways budget includes:

– $16.5 million for loans to public agencies to construct and improve marinas;

– $3.5 million for loans to private sector marina owners to construct and improve marinas;

– $10.966 million for grants to public agencies to construct and improve boat launching facilities;

– $2.598 million for capital outlay projects to construct and improve boating facilities on state lands;

– $9.075 million in aid to local agencies for boating law enforcement;

-$1 million for beach erosion control;

-$500,000 for abandoned watercraft abatement grants; and

– $8.111 million in federal funds for boating safety, education and access programs, including vessel sewage pump-out education and grants and a coastal data information program.

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