Tallahassee visits focus on 2015 goals March 18, 2015
In 2015, MIASF has six primary goals. They are:
Dredging the Intracoastal from the 17th Street Causeway to about a mile north of the Las Olas Boulevard Bridge
- A $600,000 sales tax cap on refits and service
- Finding a solution acceptable to the marine industry regarding All Aboard Florida
- Creation of a “marine industry” list in the South Florida Business Journal
- Attracting a national morning program to FLIBS
- Exploring other ways to promote FLIBS
To help accomplish those goals, on February 16 and 17, MIASF Executive Director Phil Purcell visited Tallahassee for a series of meetings with state officials to discuss issues affecting the local marine industry. He met with Chris Hart, the head of CareerSource Florida, and discussed how the marine industry can play a role in helping lower our state’s unemployment rate. He also meet with Will Seccombe, the new head of Visit Florida, and discussed ways to help brand the area as an international marine hub in addition to tourism and tech, and he met with Bill Johnson, the new head of Enterprise Florida, and discussed marine industry economic development opportunities.
During those meetings, Visit Florida agreed to work with us and help spotlight the boat show. And Visit Florida and its director, Will Seccombe, are on board to raise awareness of the entrepreneurs that boating brings to our community, the oceanographic presence that’s already here and to help bring a network morning show to Fort Lauderdale the week of the boat show.
Purcell also attended Florida Oceans Day on March 12 at the Capitol. It was hosted by the Florida Ocean Alliance, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to bringing together the private sector, academia, and nonprofit research organizations in Florida to protect and enhance Florida’s coastal and ocean resources.
Purcell, who serves on the board of the alliance, engaged its members in the concept of an international marine research “hub.”