Community converges to celebrate marine industry July 22, 2015
Thousands of people celebrated Marine Industry Day on Saturday, June 20, as more than 50 exhibitors provided activities on land and in the water. They danced to Curbstone, Brass Evolution and rising country star Amber Leigh, and a train and the marine industry coexisted peacefully.
This year’s event featured several popular food trucks, and activities included casting lessons, propeller drag races, a pirate adventure, antique motors, interactive educational exhibits, water taxi rides and much more.
But MID wasn’t just about fun and games. With a regional economic impact of $11.5 billion, the marine industry is a major employer, contributing more than 136,000 jobs. Marine Industry Day recognizes the region as an international marine hub that includes renowned oceanographic research institutions, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the presence of the world’s third largest reef off our coast and Port Everglades, as well as the region’s vibrant recreational marine industry. With easy access to the East Coast, the Caribbean, Latin America and Central America, the region has become the envy of coastal communities worldwide.
The event also offered information on education and careers at an Education Hub featuring New River Middle School, South Broward High School, McFatter Technical Center, Broward College, Nova Southeastern University, Maritime Professional Training and CareerSource Broward.
According to AccuDock, which participated for the first time, the day was “quite the scorcher, which is no surprise for June in South Florida; however the shade under the mature trees and breeze from the beautiful waterfront location of Esplanade Park as well as the ample number of exhibitor tents provided a welcome oasis,” they wrote in a blog post. “Whether it was a train or pirate adventure for the kids or awesome food trucks, music and refreshments for the adults; there was something for everyone and a great time was had by all!”
Officials who came out and recognized that included Broward Mayor Tim Ryan, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Vice Mayor Robert McKinzie and City Manager Lee Feldman.
MIASF hosted the annual event with support from partners including Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, U.S. Superyacht Association, Young Professionals in Yachting and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation. The event was free and open to the public.
Sponsors included the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, Ward’s Marine Electric, Maritime Professional Training, Bimini Boat Yard, RCI, Regent Bank, Frank & Jimmie’s, Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, The Triton, Show Management, TowBoatU.S., FAU Athletics, Best Boat Club, Freedom Boat Club, Oversea Insurance, AccuDock, Winn-Dixie, BoatShowHotels.com, Bradford Marine, Roscioli Yachting Center, Land N Sea, Bank United, NMMA, Boat Owners Warehouse, Diesel Services of America, MHG Insurance Brokers, MSHS/Parker Yachts, RPM Diesel, National Marine Suppliers, Pierson Grant, Total Marine Solutions, Dockwise Yacht Transport, Beard Marine, Bank of America, Carefree Boat Club, McDonald’s Hardware and Yellow Cab.
In addition to activities provided by many of the sponsors, other exhibitors included Habitat for Humanity, Mission United, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Museum of Discovery and Science, Science Eye, the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, the city of Fort Lauderdale, South Broward High School, Antique Outboard Motors, Bluefoot Pirate Adventures, Catabella Express, Sullivan’s Brigade and more.
And attendees enjoyed a variety of culinary experiences provided by Mobstah Lobstah, Nacho Bizness, Bite Gastrotruck, Killer Melts, Joji and Dim Ssam A Gogo.