South Florida Intercoastal

Advocacy Report

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Sep 28, 2021 Tue

The FLIBS countdown clock is ticking, and our international marine businesses are continuing to address the challenges of the US travel ban which is scheduled to be lifted on a presently unidentified date in early November for fully vaccinated travelers. Those applying for a National Interest Exemption (NIE) should be including why their personal travel to the US is an economic benefit to the US. Examples are, included but are not limited to, looking to open a US office or manufacturing site or negotiating a significant contract with a US vendor to provide their product in an internationally manufactured product. Should NIE not be approved the option to reside in a non-banned country for 14 days before entry into the US is an alternative for those with determination to still attend FLIBS. Those arriving by yacht continue to be permitted under the air and sea crew exemption.

The FEC bridge has been conducting repairs over the past couple of months, some scheduled and some that have been surprises. Fortunately, the repairs have primarily been conducted overnight and have not presented a significant impact to navigation on the New River.

A coalition of progressive organizations and unions have launched a six-figure campaign to garner more support in the Senate for the Pro Act. Currently only 47 Senators have signed on to sponsor the bill, far short of the 60 votes needed to pass. The bill includes strict restriction on 1099 workers and does not permit business to use 1099 workers in a same or like business. We continue to closely watch this bill and the impacts to our marine businesses.

The public meetings introducing the options to cross the New River as well as the proposed Broward Stations for the commuter rail service were conducted early this month. A coalition of businesses including the Marine Industries Association of South Florida submitted a letter of support for a bascule bridge at a height of 56’ as the best option to solve New River and Broward Boulevard impact concerns. Currently they are conducting a second vessel traffic study on the New River and we are confident the results will support the absolute need for a bridge higher than 25’.

MIASF is hosting a Global Commerce reception during FLIBS onboard the MIASF Hospitality Lounge. This is an opportunity to meet with Department of Commerce representatives, various international countries’ representatives and our marine businesses that are already conducting business overseas. MIASF members will receive an electronic invite with details shortly.