3rd Annual Marine Industry Day June 27, 2016
The 3rd Annual Marine Industry Day was held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. More than 2,500 visitors spent a beautiful South Florida afternoon learning about the many aspects of the marine industry and enjoying the day’s events.
The day began with more than 70 participating companies setting up booths and tents along the tree-lined walkways of the riverfront park, transforming it into a bustling village of marine industry activities. By noon, guests, friends, and newcomers of the marine industry began to arrive and quickly filled the park. With land-fishing casting lessons, boat and train rides, propeller races, corn hole, Giant Jenga, and tug-of-war, there were games for kids of all ages, and with six different food trucks providing everything from lobster rolls to ice cream, the food fare appealed to every palate.
15-year old Maevah Petit-Frere, a student from Deerfield Beach High School, opened the day’s festivities with an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem, and throughout the day visitors were entertained by three exciting local bands – The School of Rock, Curbstone, and Wildfire. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Kitty McGowan, not only kept everything running smoothly and on time, she also entertained the audience with a lively performance of Rollin’ Down the River.
But as we know, Marine Industry Day is about more than just fun and games. A big part of the day is dedicated to exposing the public to educational opportunities, careers, oceanographic research, and conservation efforts that are critical to sustaining the environment. It is also an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, which mobilizes the generous spirit of the maritime community to benefit children and families in need. Additionally, County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler were on hand to speak to the crowd and emphasize the vital $8.8 billion economic impact and 110,000 jobs created by the industry.
Colleen Deverteuil of Sol Marine Associates, Inc. served as Chairperson of this year’s event once again. MIASF is grateful for her continued leadership and applaud the over 40 volunteers who made this year’s event the best one yet.