Celebrating Our Good Work June 14, 2014
To recognize the good work of marine industry personnel and to remind the local community and media that there are 90,000 people who contribute $7 billion to the Broward economy, MIASF in partnership with the other local trade associations, FYBA, YPY and USSA organized a “Social on the River” to complement Marine Industry Day C_BOE_30 and invited dealers to welders to sanders to “come on down.” It took place June 14 at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale entailing games, live music, boats, and activities for the family.
The lively event which attracted 1,500 to 2,000 participants was made festive by numerous industry sponsors, a few of which have been highlighted below:
- Frank & Jimmie’s operated a propeller design and race speedway for remote controlled boat
- Beard Marine featured kept participants cool with sno cones
- Water Taxi offered free rides along the New River
- International Crew Training brought their model yacht simulator operated in an 18×18 pool
- MPT showcased crew training with safety gear and a virtual yacht simulator
- Antique Motor Club showcased historic engines
- Nova Southeastern University had a display of mummified creatures C_TSCM42_66 of the deep and a fish tackle demonstration.
- Museum of Discovery staged live animal shows
- Pirate Ship enlisted crew to fire the water cannons repelling the attack from the river
- New River Middle School offered face painting
- International Game Fish Association brought a live touch tank and presented a casting challenge on the dock.
- Marine Industries Cares Foundation hosted free chilled beverage (Ice Tea, Lemonade & Water) in their ship shaped lemonade stand.
MIASF Executive Director Phil Purcell suggests the event honors the marine work force, people who fill the middle-class jobs the general public often overlooks and who deserve recognition for their contribution to what the industry brings to the region. It’s a reminder about South Florida being the place known by boat owners worldwide as the place for everything needed to obtain, repair, and provision vessels.
As our industry moves forward, it is the ideal time for us to be recognized for the critical part we play in South Florida’s economy,” Purcell stated.