Marine Industries Association of South Florida launches ‘Marine Industry Day’ June 12, 2014
Marine Industry Day was launched by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) on Wednesday morning with leaders from the industry during a panel discussion at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. The MIASF executive director Phil Purcell served as moderator for the conversations on economic development and educational opportunities. Panelists expressed how the destination may better serve international boating enthusiasts, including increasing the number of boat slips in the city. In addition, Purcell and the panelists also discussed the opportunities the marine industry has available in a highly competitive marketplace.
Upon completion of a one-hour discussion, industry leaders reconvened at the Bahia Mar Resort and Marina where Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler officially proclaimed June 11th as “Marine Industry Day” in the City. Mayor Seiler and the Commission thanked the association for its many contributions to the city and the outstanding service provided to the destination for the past 53 years. Mayor Seiler also recognized the Association for driving the economic input of $7 billion to the county and $8.9 billion regionally, along with employing 107,000 people regionally.
“The continued growth of the marine industry is critical to the overall success of Fort Lauderdale as an international destination,” said Seiler.
Photo: L to R: Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Marine Industries Association of South Florida President Kristy Hebert, Marine Industries Association of South Florida Executive Director Philip Purcell and Former Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle.