The state’s marine industry celebrated last Wednesday after Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that they say aligns the state with neighboring states’ tax laws and gives them hope after the industry was battered by the recession and devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
In part one, Dave and I were on our way down the ICW from New Jersey to Florida when my mother took ill and I had to fly back to New Jersey from South Carolina. Dave had to take Sweetness II the rest of the way to Florida by himself. When Dave slipped the boat back in her berth in Melbourne, Florida, in October, he was relieved that the trip was over and he didn't have to worry about piloting her by himself anymore. But with Mom being sick, I was afraid of cruising too far away in case I was needed at home, so Sweetness was just sitting looking pretty sad and lonely in her slip.