The Lake Norman Marine Commission took another step in the annual budgeting process this month, when commission representatives submitted their funding requests to regional officials.According to executive director Ron Shoultz, the Marine Commission made a funding request of $25,500 to commissioners from each of the counties surrounding Lake Norman – Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg.That is the same amount all four counties granted the Lake Norman Marine Commission for its operating budget in the past several years, Shoultz said.“The county commissioners have received our budget request,” Shoultz said. “We’re just waiting to see what they’re going to give us.”Last month, the marine commission approved a preliminary budget of $104,975 for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The majority of the funding comes from the counties surrounding Lake Norman, with additional revenue coming from other sources such as permit fees for charter boat licenses and rafting permits.It is expected that each county will bring the commission’s budget request before its commissioners in the next 30 days.In other business before the Lake Norman Marine Commission during its March 10 meeting:• Commissioners tabled a pair of no-wake buoy requests until next month’s meeting for further study. One request was by the McCrary Creek Homeowners Group near Morrison Plantation for a new no-wake buoy, the other by the Kings Landing Homeowners Association off Langtree Road to replace a old buoy.• Commissioners tabled two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license applications until next month, again for further consideration. One was by the Davidson Lands Conservancy to build a canoe-kayak launching and mooring facility on the shores of Lake Davidson. The second was by the North Point Homeowners Association to replace the development’s current wood sea wall with a Redi-Rock brand seawall made of brick.• Sgt. Ron Robertson, a law enforcement officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, told the board that the Wildlife Resources Commission’s practice of issuing warning citations for infractions last year would end, with hard citations that carry monetary penalties being issued for the same infractions this year.• The next Lake Norman Marine Commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 14 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. FestivalThe inaugural Lake Norman Boating and Water Sports Festival will be held March 29 at the Morningstar Kings Point Marina in Cornelius, 18020 Kings Point Drive.The festival, which runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature seminars on safe boating, water sports and water safety practices, as well as children’s activities and exhibits featuring the newest boats and water sports.Admission is free. Lunch will be served free of charge as long as supplies last.Boating and water sports items will be raffled off during the Festival, with proceeds going to the hospital’s Children’s Fund. Seminars will also be held every half-hour by local professional boaters, such as fishing guide Gus Gustafson, and celebrities such as WSOC-TV meteorologist Steve Udelson.For information on the Lake Norman Boating and Water Sports Festival, visit www.carefreeboats.com/lakenorman/festival, call 704-892-3223 or 704-557-0848, or email email@example.com.