Past Events March 28, 2018

MIASF and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation announced the collection of 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the County during the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup, which was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

More than 1,250 volunteers on land and in 117 boats spent the morning collecting litter and debris during the County’s largest and longest running environmental event, before celebrating at the Trash Bash volunteer thank you party held this year at the Lauderdale Small Boat Club, where MIASF distributed $1,000 to the top two middle school and high school art and essay scholarship winners and hundreds more to runners up.

Sponsored by the Florida Inland Navigation District (F.I.N.D.), Broward County, North Springs Improvement District, National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation, Project Anodyne, JM Family Enterprises, and many more organizations, the annual event resulted in the recovery of typical items like tires, shopping carts, and lawn furniture, but this year included some unusual items, such as an air hockey table, a commode, and a sonar sounder.
Mark your calendar and join us again next year to clean up our waterways on March 2, 2019! Contact Nicole Hoekstra at for sponsorship information.

On Wednesday, March 14th, MIASF hosted a sold-out Member Business Luncheon at the Lauderdale Yacht Club, where CEO/President, Phil Purcell, provided an in-depth update on MIASF initiatives and activities, including Salty Jobs Season 2 and talks to participate in a job board, Google Waterway View and MIASF’s invitation to the Annual Google Street View Summit in California, the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup trash totals, the success of a recent YPY fundraiser in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas families, the Nantucket Project Road Show, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Mission to Nashville, a post-FLIBS one-hour national broadcast special that will air in December, the upcoming Fourth Annual South Florida Business Journal Marine Section, and more. In addition, Thomas Murray presented the findings of the latest mega yacht study, and Charlie Dudley and Kelly Skidmore offered a state legislative update. Whew! Our next member business event will be a breakfast meeting with specialists on the topic of cyber security that you won’t want to miss.

The MIASF staff was excited to be invited on a special Urban Land Institute TOD (transit-oriented development) Brightline tour organized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative. We boarded the train at the Fort Lauderdale station in the afternoon and arrived at the West Palm Beach station in just over 30 minutes. There, we learned from the City’s Director of Economic Development about the exciting private-sector development that is occurring in the vicinity of the station in downtown West Palm Beach, including an adjacent 24-story luxury rental apartment building with 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

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