Boats, Trains, Commerce & Jobs May 14, 2014

By: Phil Purcell

Growing the marine industry in South Florida is influenced by many factors including the overall economic vitality of the region, jobs creation, transportation and access issues both on land and on water and maintaining the boating and marine resources upon which our customers rely. Whenever we see opportunities in plans or programs that enhance these resources, we should be ready to support them; conversely, if the resources are threatened, we need to act to protect them.

All Aboard Florida, the proposal to grow passenger rail service and freight capability in our region, is an example of a project that promises to deliver jobs, beef up commerce and grow tourism, all important to our industry. At the same time, the increased rail traffic will impact our customers’ ability to freely navigate the river and access the services of our up river yards and marinas. We are continuing our meetings with the “All Aboard” proponents and maintaining the dialogue to keep them apprised of the importance of our needs, economic impact and jobs. Read more about the latest meeting below.

To underscore our industry’s importance to regional jobs and to attract qualified job seekers, MIASF is staging Marine Industry Day on June 11 followed by a social party on June 14 in Esplanade Park, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, from noon to 6 p.m. All those that work in or support the marine industry and their families are invited. It will be a showcase for Broward County’s diverse marine industry of 90,000 workers from businesses that generate an economic impact in excess of $7 billion. There will be opportunities to network, build relationships, listen to live entertainment, activities for children while recognizing the skilled jobs that bring growth and development to the world’s leading yacht and boating capital and its corresponding services.

We are also incorporating the marine industry job resource into the newly designed and refreshed website. Under the “Jobs” tab is a developing job resource and search tool for those seeking employment and a recruiting site for members. Over time, we plan for this web location to become a robust destination for the widely varied jobs our members offer, from manufacturing to retailing, brokering to lending, chartering to crewing and more.

While you’re investigating the “Jobs” section of the website, you’ll notice a significant change in its look and updated content on literally everything MIASF offers and represents. Designers have made it inviting, easy to navigate, a bright reflection of the industry, and informative. Our goal for the overall site is to make it a place you’ll want to visit often for news and industry developments and events specific to MIASF, the region and when appropriate, the global yacht and boating community. Your participation and suggestions about the website will keep it a valuable benefit for your business and the boating community.

Feel free to communicate your ideas and issues with us. You can reach us at

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