Newsletter January 2020


From The Captain's Chair




Captain's Chair - FDOT Study Submitted to Legislature

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) finalized the updated study of the impact of passenger rail on the FEC Railroad Bridge over the New River and submitted its findings to the Legislature earlier this month. Conducted in 2005, the original study looked at the potential effects of Amtrak on the FEC Railroad and the costs associated with possible solutions that included an additional bascule railroad bridge built at a significantly higher level that would specifically accommodate passenger and/or commuter rail and decrease the obstruction of navigability for vessels on the river.

Fifteen years later, nothing about the FEC Railroad bridge has changed. It’s still about four feet above the water, right where Henry Flagler built it in 1912. In South Florida, transportation planners have constructed and expanded I-95 multiple times; developed and enlarged I-595; created the Florida Turnpike and the Sawgrass Expressway; and built more and more roadways to accommodate more and more cars. Broward County is now the epicenter of the sixth largest metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. and is still growing, as nearly 1,000 people move into the state of Florida every day. Yes, every day.

Currently, with 34 Virgin/Brightline passenger trains a day and plans to add additional stations in the region, along with protracted discussions to establish Tri-Rail Coastal Link, a passenger rail solution for the FEC Railroad bridge is even more critically needed, but now, according to the latest study, it will cost many millions more to build.

As one of the foremost industries in South Florida, with hefty emphasis in Broward County, it is incumbent upon us to educate, advocate, and demonstrate to local, state, and federal officials the urgent need for decisive actions now, using today’s dollars to establish regionalism with necessary infrastructure improvements that safeguard the future of our industry and provide transportation alternatives to our residents and visitors.

The next step needed to create a feasible plan for the construction of an appropriately-sited passenger railroad bridge over the New River and across Broward Boulevard to the Virgin/Brightline Station is a Project Development and Environmental Study, commonly referred to as a PD&E, conducted by FDOT along with the firm support and commitment of Broward County Administration.

In addition to our state lobbying efforts during the 2020 Legislative Session, MIASF will locally focus on achieving this next step of the planning process by working with FDOT, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), the Broward County Administrator and Commissioners, and other organizations to realize this long-awaited, yet still visionary, solution to increasing transportation demands and eliminating threats to our working waterfront and the continued navigability of our waterways.


Business Highlight - U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Business Highlight - U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939 and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. It has members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.

 

Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety.

 

The Coast Guard considers the Auxiliary its primary resource for recreational boating safety outreach and prevention, and each Coast Guard district around the nation has established a senior officer and staff to provide tight liaison and coordination between the active-duty Coast Guard and the various Auxiliary units in that district.

 

And in many inland portions of the country, where the majority of U.S. recreational boating occurs on lakes and rivers, the Auxiliary is the sole Coast Guard presence!

 

But the Auxiliary is more than recreational boating safety; it regularly serves alongside active-duty shipmates as communications watch-standers, passenger vessel inspectors, training resources for air and sea operations, numerous duties related to environmental protection and homeland security, and even as chefs! In fact, there are nearly two dozen "qualifications" open to Auxiliarists willing to put in the time and training. Collectively, Auxiliarists volunteer over 4.5 million hours per year and complete nearly 500,000 missions – a true force multiplier for the Coast Guard!

 

Membership in the Auxiliary is open to persons 17 years of age and older. It is organized into 16 districts nationwide, comprised of 171 divisions with approximately 980 flotillas. No matter where you live, there is a flotilla near you.


Advocacy Report

Advocacy Report

More than 300 Broward Days participants took the annual pilgrimage to Tallahassee on January 21st for two days of advocacy, discussions, and legislative meetings on issues of importance facing the County. MIASF was represented by Patience Cohn and Kelly Skidmore, who lead the organization’s Marine Industry Impact Team and helped developed its legislative priorities. The team identified the following issues to be highlighted during visits with legislators and agency heads:

·         expand sales tax cap on refit and repair

·         eliminate sales tax on labor

·         support the Marine Research Hub $500,000 appropriation

·         support SB0474 by Albritton, which reduces regulations and fees for yacht brokers, among other occupations

·         support Enterprise Florida, which helps businesses export products out of State

·         highlight Port Everglades’ proactive environmental stewardship and partnership with Port tenants, users, and related agencies

Additional messaging included educating policy makers on the danger of illegal vessel charters, encouraging manufacturing in Florida, protecting small business, enforcing consumer protections against predatory practices, and requesting legislative leaders to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide the necessary funding to reconfigure and renovate the US. Coast Guard station and marina at Port Everglades.

 

Many thanks, again, to the participants on the Broward Days Marine Industry Impact Team – International Yacht Brokers Association, Passenger Vessel Association, U.S. Superyacht Association, Port Everglades Association, Port Everglades Pilots Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, AÉRE Marine Group, and Ward’s Marine Electric.

 

The FEC Railroad bridge on the New River is currently operating under a test deviation that assures a predictable opening for vessel traffic for the first 10 minutes of every hour, as well as staying open in the default position when not in use. In addition, an app named New River Bridge Schedule provides forecast and real time data of the openings and closures of the bridge to facilitate clear passage on the New River. It is free for download and is currently being monitored to maintain accuracy.


Faces in the Industry - Melanie Range

Faces in the Industry - Melanie Range

Tell us where you are from, what brought you to Florida, and how long you’ve lived here.

I am a proud South Florida native, born in Miami and raised in Davie. With the exception of attending college at Wingate University in North Carolina, I have lived in Florida my whole life.

Where do you work, what is your job title, and what does your job entail?

I presently serve as Membership & Communications Coordinator for the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I assist the Membership Committee with growing the Chapter's membership, creating member benefit programs, and developing member engagement opportunities. I also oversee the production and distribution of our monthly newsletter and quarterly peer reviewed journal, The Florida Pediatrician, and create and publish content for the Chapter's social media channels. 

How did you initially become interested in the marine industry? I have loved being on the water and boating ever since I got a 13 foot Old Town canoe when I was a little kid, but I became interested in the marine industry professionally right out of college when I began working as MIASF's PR & Events Coordinator. A few months in I attended my first boat show, FLIBS, and I was hooked. Seeing what goes into designing, building, and accessorizing a boat and keeping it running, and learning how many job opportunities each vessel creates was mind-blowing to me, and still fascinates me.

What is your favorite or most valuable benefit of membership in MIASF? My favorite benefit of membership in MIASF has always been networking. Synergy between each facet of the industry is critical to the industry's continued success as a whole, so building and maintaining business relationships through the networking opportunities MIASF offers is one of the most valuable benefits of membership in my eyes.

Describe any other community organizations or events with which you are involved. This industry will always have my heart, and I enjoy remaining a small part of it by helping MIASF during FLIBS and Dockside Corporate Services during the Miami and Palm Beach Boat Shows.

Tell us about your hobbies and what kinds of things you do for fun. I'm a new mommy, so right now my free time is spent enjoying my baby girl, but I still love to read, crochet, go fishing and, of course, go boating every chance I get!


News - History Makers

News - History Makers

For the first time, History Fort Lauderdale’s annual fundraiser, History Makers, will recognize the contribution the Marine Industries Association of South Florida has made to Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the “Venice of America” and the “Yachting Capital of the World,” and will honor pioneers in boatbuilding, the Denison Family. In addition to celebrating the two marine industry founders, History Fort Lauderdale (formerly know as the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society) will reveal plans for a permanent maritime exhibit to be housed at its historic museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event will be held at Superyacht Village at Pier Sixty-Six South on March 31st and we hope that you will consider joining us to memorialize our history and celebrate our future. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Patricia Zeiler at pzeiler@flhc.org


News - International Marina and Boatyard Conference

News - International Marina and Boatyard Conference

MIASF Director of Development and Salty Jobs Co-host Sean Smith spoke at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference’s “Recruiting and Retaining Workers Through Apprenticeship, Employee Investment and Marketing Technology” session on January 15th. This session was moderated by Julie Balzano of the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association and included Joe Maniscalco from Yamaha Marine who spoke about their apprenticeship program, and Holly Ashton from Safe Harbor Marinas who spoke about addressing their workforce development challenges. Sean presented on the Salty Jobs video series and the use of video to relate to and recruit the younger generations.


News - Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program

News - Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program

Florida’s first Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program began at Atlantic Technical College on January 7th with the first class of apprentices, who will attend class once a week for 3.5 hours. Over the next two years, the students will receive both classroom and on-the-job-training at local shipyards to earn their certification in areas like welding, plumbing, electrical, and OSHA safety and security. The next class of apprentices will begin in August 2020. For more information on how to enroll new and entry level employees, contact sean@miasf.org


News - MIASF Nominating Committee

News - MIASF Nominating Committee

The MIASF Nominating Committee has been formed and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board, David Reed, has agreed to serve as chairman. Anyone interested in pursing a board position may submit their name to patience@miasf.org for consideration. Nominees must be a voting industry member to be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.


Member News - Marina Bay Yachting Center

Member News - Marina Bay Yachting Center

Marina Bay Yachting Center recently unveiled four new floating docks that can accommodate vessels up to 150’. The new 170’ docks were locally manufactured by AccuDock, made of aluminum finished with PVC Wolf decking, and equipped with custom-built chain brackets for anchoring in the deep water of Marina Bay’s basin.


Member News - Galati Yacht Sales

Member News - Galati Yacht Sales

Congratulations to Carmine Galati, founder of Galati Yacht Sales, for being awarded the 2019 Chairman’s Award by the Certification Advisory Council, which oversees the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program. The award represents the highest level of commitment to elevating professionalism on the yacht brokerage industry. Galati stated he strongly believes in embracing continual improvement through knowledge, professionalism, morals, and ethics.


Member News - Boats Group

Member News - Boats Group

Boats Group, which owns Boat Trader and YachtWorld in addition to other websites, has acquired Annonces du Bateau and all its assets from CarBoat Media. Annonces du Bateau is a boat sales marketplace in France with a long tradition of delivering digital excellence. Boats Group said it will make a “substantial technical and marketing investment in Annonces du Bateau,” starting with a new platform that will debut later this year.


Member News - RMK Merrill Stevens

Member News - RMK Merrill Stevens

Miami-based, RMK Merrill Stevens announced William Clewes as the new chief executive officer as of January 6, 2020. Having served as operations director at Seaspan ULC in Vancouver, Clewes has a demonstrated history of working in the shipbuilding and manufacturing industry and is skilled in budgeting, operations management, inspection, team building, lean manufacturing, and safety management systems.


Member News - Derecktor Dania

Member News - Derecktor Dania

Derecktor Dania has been recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Clean Boating Partnership as a Florida Clean & Resilient Boatyard, pledging to maintain and improve the state’s waterways by reducing or eliminating the release of harmful substances and phasing out practices that can damage aquatic environments.

 

The Florida Clean Marina Program (CMP) is a voluntary, partnership-driven initiative that encourages marina facilities to incorporate environmental best management practices (BMP) exceeding regulatory requirements. Aligning with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's strategic goals, CMP aims to create partnerships with local communities and businesses to protect natural resources and promote economic growth.

 

To obtain CMP designation, facilities must follow all regulatory requirements of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, maintain environmentally responsible business practices and implement the provided BMPs. These BMPs address critical environmental issues such as sensitive habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.

 

For more information about the Florida Clean Marina Program, visit https://floridadep.gov/rcp/clean-marina.


Upcoming Event - February's Maritime Monday

Upcoming Event - February's Maritime Monday

February’s Maritime Monday will be held at the Tryp Wyndham Maritime Hotel, 2161 Maritime Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on February 3rd. Join fellow and potential members in a roof top networking event with breathtaking views. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and first drinks courtesy of MIASF.


Upcoming Event - Sailorman Chili Cook-Off Sale and Auction

Upcoming Event - Sailorman Chili Cook-Off Sale and Auction

Sailorman will host an MIASF Member Mingle at its 2020 Chili Cook-Off Sale and Auction on Saturday, February 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 3000 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Chili tasting begins at 11:00 a.m. and Absolute No Reserve Auction starts at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy live music, free food and drinks, games, and incredible deals while mingling with our marine industry community. Visit www.sailorman.com/chili-cook-off to enter the chili contest and view the schedule of events. For more information, call 954-522-6716.


Upcoming Event - The Chris Hixon Memorial Run/Walk

Upcoming Event - The Chris Hixon Memorial Run/Walk

The Chris Hixon Memorial Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, February 15th at Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut Street, Hollywood, beginning at 7:00 a.m. The 5K run, organized by South Broward High School Marine Magnet Coordinator, Debbi Hixon, honors the memory of her late husband Chris Hixon, a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that took place on February 14, 2018. Advance registration is $30 and onsite registration is $35. All proceeds support the Chris Hixon Athletic Scholarship foundation. Medals will be distributed for all finishers and trophies will go to the top three finishers. There will be a Life Celebration immediately following the race. If you are interested in joining Team MIASF, please register online here.


Upcoming Event - The 43rd Broward County Waterway Cleanup Kick-Off

Upcoming Event - The 43rd Broward County Waterway Cleanup Kick-Off

The 43rd Broward County Waterway Cleanup “Kicks-Off” with a reception sponsored by National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation on Thursday, February 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at MIASF’s Flagship Room, with hors d’oeuvres and two free drinks per person (cash bar after). Members and volunteer site coordinators can pick up flyers and posters – designed by famed artist, Steve Diossy, and receive up to the minute information on sites, supplies, dumpsters, and more. Click here to RSVP.

 

The Broward County Waterway Cleanup, presented by Florida Inland Navigation District and National Marine Suppliers, will be held on Saturday, March 7th at more than 35 sites around the County, followed by the Trash Bash, a volunteer thank-you party with a raffle, live music, and check presentation to scholarship winners. Sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact nicole@miasf.org.


Upcoming Event - The Miami Yacht Show

Upcoming Event - The Miami Yacht Show

The Miami Yacht Show will take place from Monday, February 13th through Thursday, February 17th at One Herald Plaza, located on Biscayne Bay between the Sea Isle Marina and MacArthur causeways. The new location is just north of downtown Miami near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Art Wynwood, the premier winter-destination, contemporary, and modern art fair in South Florida, and the Sea Isle Marina. Minutes away from major interstates, famous shopping districts, and a Metromover one stop away from the new Brightline station, new additions to the show include 3,500 parking spaces, additional land-based exhibit space, and closer proximity to Super Yacht Miami at Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island. The Windward VIP Lounge also returns with even more VIP benefits including unique experiences and events in an indoor and outdoor oasis featuring unobstructed views of the Miami Yacht Show.


Upcoming Event - The Progressive Miami International Boat Show

Upcoming Event - The Progressive Miami International Boat Show

The Progressive Miami International Boat Show will be held from Thursday, February 13th through Monday, February 17th at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key. New features this year include a special sailing section inside Tent A and Costa Conservation Village, located adjacent to the water taxi entrance. Visitors can stop by to learn about the importance of marine conservation and ways to help protect the ocean and marine environments, like purchasing a refillable water container that can be filled at three water fill stations on the boat show campus.


Past Event - Miami Boat Shows Luncheon

Past Event - Miami Boat Shows Luncheon

Once again, MIASF hosted the Miami Boat Shows Luncheon at the Rusty Pelican in Miami. Dual presentations by Informa U.S. Boat Shows for the Miami Yacht Show and NMMA for Miami International Boat Show highlighted the nuances of the shows. Over the years, representatives of the two separate shows have worked together to coordinate efforts in the area of advertising and marketing, as well as shared transportation options between the shows.


Past Event - January Maritime Monday

Past Event - January Maritime Monday

A last-minute change of venue saw 2020’s first Maritime Monday held at MIASF’s headquarters on January 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with hot and cold appetizers and beer and wine. More than 25 members and guests enjoyed networking and touring MIASF’s offices - some for the first time.


Salty Jobs

Salty Jobs

In the latest Salty Jobs episode hosted by Sarah Kelly and Sean Smith, see how Tetris skills and golf carts play into the logistics and safety of running the largest refit and repair facility in the country.

 

With its third season well underway, Salty Jobs is looking for more jobs to showcase for Season Four. Filming schedules are being set now, so sign up today to be part of the movement to inspire the next generation of marine industry professionals! Contact megan@miasf.org for details.

 

Featured Job:

Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise is hiring full and part-time deckhands that are enthusiastic, possess a positive attitude, and have outstanding customer service skills. To apply online or learn more about the position visit www.saltyjobs.org


New Members

New Members

REGULAR MEMBERS:

 

Derecktor Ft. Pierce

Justin Beard

Email: jbeard@derecktor.com 

Website: www.derecktor.com 

101 Port Avenue

Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Phone: (772) 595-9326

Company Description: Founded in 1947, Derecktor Shipyards has since become a worldwide leader for excellence in the construction, repair and refit of yachts, commercial and military vessels. Today, four Derecktor facilities span the East coast of the U.S. from Maine to South Florida, offering vessel owners and operators everything from marina space to megayacht construction.

 

Ice Marine

Stephanie Pittington

Email: stephanie.pittington@icemarine.net 

Website: www.icemarine.net 

801 W 13th Ct. Suite B

Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Phone: (561) 767-0658

Company Description: Ice Marine services over 2,000 customers in the South Florida area and has set the standard for superior quality, service, and reliability. Ice Marine provides expert marine air conditioning, refrigeration and watermaker sales and service. We specialize in superyacht chill water systems and walk in refrigeration systems. Ice Marine services all makes, models, and brands of equipment and is a factory trained dealer for Dometic, Marine Air Systems, Cruisair, Technicold, and Aqua-Air.

 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS:

 

Nozzle Nolen

Connie Miller

Email: cmiller@nozzlenolen.com 

Website: www.nozzlenolen.com 

5400 Broadway

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone: (561) 844-3544

Company Description: Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions has been an industry leader in South Florida and The Treasure Coast since 1951. Among 30,000 customers are some of the finest Motor Yachts on the planet. We also service marinas and boatyards throughout South Florida and The Treasure Coast. Nozzle Nolen offers a complete White Glove Service for a wide variety of insets included but not limited to Termites, Wood Destroying Beetles, Stored Product Pests, Rodents and other undesirable pests. We are a preferred vendor Viking and Rybovich, along with our custom yacht builders. We are fully license, insured, and guarantee that all your insurance requirement will be met.