Newsletter July 2020


From The Captain's Chair




Captain's Chair: It's Not Too Much To Mask!

I hope you are enjoying the summer and doing well despite the complicating effects of the virus. The marine industry has been fortunate to remain essential and continue serving customers and clients through this changing economy. I know many of us did not expect to be entering August with the pandemic still impacting our life, but we need to think about how we continue to operate for the long term. That means things like wearing a mask, keeping six feet apart, and not gathering in large groups will have to be viewed as the cost of doing business for the time being. Honestly, it’s not too much to mask!

As Informa and MIASF begin preparing for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which will be held October 28th through November 1st, we have developed a newly enhanced approach to health and safety at the show, called AllSecure. Focusing on 10 key commitments that follow the official Global Bio-risk Advisory Council (GBAC), as well as official government and local authority guidance and regulations, AllSecure is a comprehensive system of cleaning and disinfection, including continuous sanitation of high-touch areas, restrooms, and food and beverage areas throughout the show, as well as physical distancing, non-contact ticketing and registration, face masks and other PPE, and temperature screening. The plan prioritizes safety and an exceptional visitor experience.

We are in our third year of working with NBC Sports Network to produce a FLIBS broadcast and are exploring additional opportunities like a potential live segment that would air on Sunday and showcase exhibitors and products, as well as the South Florida lifestyle and the abundant natural resources found here.

Understandably, COVID-19 is weighing heavily on our minds, and we remain grateful for the many healthcare and essential workers who continue to serve our community, but potential tropical disturbances churning in the Atlantic are a reminder for everyone to check on and update your business and personal hurricane plans so that you are prepared in the event of a storm making landfall here, and if possible, offer assistance to a neighbor or frontline worker who could use a helping hand.

If we’ve learned anything from this current situation, it’s that we’re all in this together.


Advocacy Report

Advocacy Report

As a reminder, the FEC Railroad Bridge on the New River is moving forward with U.S. Coast Guard-approved closures for the railroad upgrade. The FEC is upgrading the rails on the bridge to permit freight trains to travel at a higher rate of speed, increasing from 25 mph to 40 mph, resulting in less bridge closure time. The work will begin the week of July 27th with the majority of the work conducted during the overnight hours to limit the impact, however, during the week of August 17th, welding work must be executed during the heat of the day and is scheduled to coincide with the afternoon rush hour lock down of the other New River bridges, beginning immediately after the scheduled 4:00 p.m. opening. The full schedule can be found here.

The drawbridge operation regulation is in the Proposed Rule phase and has been published in the Federal Register. This regulation change includes a predictable hourly opening, as well as open when not in use default position to assure the reasonable right to navigation. Interested parties are encouraged to review the rule and comment. The comment period for this phase ends on August 12, 2020. The link to access the Federal Register and comment is https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=USCG-2019-0955

On June 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed “The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act” (HB 1193), which eliminates barriers of entry to certain professions licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DPBR) by adding endorsement and reciprocity provisions, removing supplemental business licenses and corresponding license fees, reducing licensure education requirements, and eliminating other licensure and registration requirements. Florida’s multi-office yacht brokerage firms will benefit from this regulation change that allows yacht and ship brokers to maintain one license tied to their principal place of business without requiring additional licenses for each branch office.

MIASF congratulates Lieutenant Derek Wallin as he leaves U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale to set off on new adventures in Washington D.C. and welcomes Lieutenant Raymond C. Milne IV to Station Fort Lauderdale. The change of command ceremony traditionally open to the public was restricted and very limited because of social distancing. To accommodate additional invited guests who wanted to attend, Water Taxi provided a vessel so the ceremony could be viewed waterside at Station Fort Lauderdale.


Apprenticeship Program Report

Apprenticeship Program Report

The first in-person apaprenticeship workshop took place last month as part of the safety training program. The team from Fire Ranger, an MIASF member, shared its extensive knowledge with the apprentices and gave them hands-on experience with fire equipment.

In July, apprentices attended an interactive scaffolding workshop at Derecktor with OSHA instructor, Dennis Morgan, prior to attending an evening class at the MIASF office. The apprentices have received six unique topic textbooks to date, and this month they discussed some of the chapters, reviewed the scaffolding workshop information, and completed a second workshop on measuring devices, such as veneer calipers and micrometers. Each student has been assigned to create a resume over the next month and the class will finish the Employability portion of the program after completing resumes and career portfolios. The next module to be addressed is rigging. The Crosby Group, a professional rigging company that also provides training, is scheduled to present. Greg Snyder, the mentor from Derecktor, will contribute his certified training skills to lifts, cranes, forklifts, and scissor lifts. Derecktor Shipyards will be providing the equipment and venue for these classes. Students will be able to receive certification, but first must complete additional hands-on training and practice.


Business Highlight: Riverside Hotel

Business Highlight: Riverside Hotel

Charm meets state-of-the-art functionality at the Riverside Hotel. From the bustle of downtown to the serenity of the New River, event spaces reflect its unique surroundings. The Wells brothers, Preston and John, built the hotel in 1936 and named it the Champ Carr Hotel. When Champ Carr stepped down as general manager in 1947, the hotel was renamed the Riverside Hotel and is still fourth generation family owned.   

Guests are just steps away from top restaurants, bars, and art galleries. Several of Fort Lauderdale’s trendiest spots can be found right in the Hotel. Indulge in award-winning meals at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, which overlooks the boulevard, or visit the Boathouse at the Riverside - the ultimate waterfront dining experience that joins the worlds of boaters and diners on the New River. One can always relax with a creative cocktail at the Golden Lyon or Preston’s Wine & Martini Lounge located inside the hotel.

With 231 rooms and suites nestled between Las Olas Boulevard and the New River, the Riverside Hotel will ensure its guests feel right at home. The hotel offers 25,000 square feet of unique event space that allows guests to experience a legacy of hospitality when planning a meeting or a weekend staycation. Discover why the Riverside Hotel has been the heart of Las Olas Boulevard for more than 80 years.


Faces in the Industry: Meet MIASF's New Part-time Employees

Faces in the Industry: Meet MIASF's New Part-time Employees

Reilly Edgar: I am originally from Park City, Utah. Growing up in a land locked state, my passion for the ocean grew out of visiting Sanibel Island, Florida every year. I continued to explore this passion through service and volunteer work abroad throughout high school, culminating in my semester abroad junior year at The Island School in Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas. My time abroad solidified my love for marine science and set me on the track to the University of Miami, where I am currently studying Marine Affairs. Looking to the future, I plan to bridge the gap between marine science and actual ocean policy and business. I’m so excited to be working directly in my field of interest for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

Travis Nykanen: I am a sophomore at Florida Atlantic University working towards getting a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I hope I will be able to design and create my own vehicles someday (still trying to choose between Aerospace and Oceanic Engineering). Outside of school, I am one of three siblings and enjoy early morning bike rides. Go Owls!


News: Florida Ocean Alliance

News: Florida Ocean Alliance

MIASF is a member of the Florida Ocean Alliance (FOA), which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public-private-partnership of industry, trade, academic, and environmental organizations promoting awareness and understanding of the ocean’s importance to the economy and environment of Florida. The FOA announced the release of a new plan to restore and grow the state’s Blue Economy, worth hundreds of billions of dollars in economic revenue and supporting millions of jobs. Through a grant from the Florida Legislature with input from a diverse array of private and public stakeholders and in conjunction with the Governor’s office and state agencies, the plan offers a set of bold actions and a roadmap toward economic recovery coupled with growth.

Florida’s Blue Economy encompasses a diverse range of industry sectors that rely on and use the state’s ocean and coastal resources including, but not limited to, tourism, recreation, commercial and recreational fisheries, ports, transportation, communications, aquaculture, and energy. Analysis of 2018 data suggests in Florida it is worth more than $790 billion and provides enormous employment opportunities. Along with the Blue Economy, the newly released plan focuses on ocean and coastal resilience, human and natural infrastructure, and implementation, outreach, and funding. Particular attention is given to the need for bold actions that are transformational, emphasize innovation, include outreach and education, and are equitable for all communities and people. Recommendations include bringing together key representatives from the public sector and private industry so they can help to solve ocean and coastal issues.


Member News: Roscioli Yachting Center

Member News: Roscioli Yachting Center

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the legendary Robert "Bob" Roscioli. Mr. Roscioli has been an icon of the marine industry and is globally respected for personal attention to details and outstanding service to the yachting industry at Roscioli Yachting Center.

Bob built his business and made his mark as a pioneer in the South Florida marine industry when he started a business from nothing, using his master paint brushing skills and gained a reputation as a perfectionist. He then launched what is now a world renowned, state of the art, full service shipyard. In the late 1980's, he started Roscioli Donzi Yachts, building custom sportfishing yachts which was a passion of his.

Bob's mantra "Today's the Day" is the way he started every day at the yard. He could be seen walking the shipyard every morning, preparing for the day ahead. A true friend to first responders and veterans, Bob was an advocate of providing jobs and teaching those who have served or needed a chance. A true legacy to the marine industry.

Mr. Roscioli leaves behind Sharon, his loving wife of 51 years, his son Robert (Traci), his daughter, Heather (Brian), and three granddaughters, Grace, Hannah and Rachel. Bob will be deeply missed by his employees, innumerable colleagues in the yachting industry, many of whom he mentored, and the yacht owners who have depended on him for his loyal service.


Member News: MarineMax, Inc. and Northrop & Johnson

Member News: MarineMax, Inc. and Northrop & Johnson

MarineMax, Inc., the nation’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer has acquired Northrop & Johnson.  Northrop & Johnson anticipates continued growth through the remainder of 2020 and beyond with the support of the MarineMax family.

Northrop & Johnson will now be a part of MarineMax’s global team that comprises the industry’s top yacht and charter brokers, as well as leading yacht and crew management professionals who are extremely knowledgeable and deeply committed to serving their clients. The entire MarineMax organization now has access to an even greater network of resources to support the potential for additional growth of its client base.

The acquisition will allow Northrop & Johnson to enhance the overall customer experience through the ongoing development of the marketing capabilities that leverage the latest technology. This should further enhance client retention and further, stimulate lead generation and client referrals. Both Northrop & Johnson’s and Fraser Yachts’ insights and relationships with buyers, sellers and charterers are underlined by the world’s most comprehensive network of highly qualified individuals. Kevin Merrigan, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, and the entire Northrop & Johnson team will continue to operate and manage its activities.


Member News: Joseph Rubano - RPM Diesel Co.

Member News: Joseph Rubano - RPM Diesel Co.

Joseph J. Rubano of Fort Lauderdale passed away at the age of 90 in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by those he loved the most. Mr. Rubano was chairman and owner of RPM Diesel Engine Co., which his brother-in-law started in 1956. He joined in 1961 and took over the business side of the company, growing it carefully based on treating customers and employees like family. In 1981, he established Diesel Service of America and under his guidance the two companies established an outstanding reputation as the complete source for marine engine sales, service, and maintenance.

Joseph was an original founder of Marina Mile Boulevard and belonged to many marine associations including, the Marina Mile Association, Port Everglades Association, and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, which honored him with the Golden Anchor Award in 2017.


Member News: Mission Resolve Foundation

Member News: Mission Resolve Foundation

Mission Resolve Foundation has awarded Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI) $25,000 as a challenge grant in support of its upcoming clean-up expedition. Mary Crowley, the founder and executive director of Ocean Voyages Institute based in Sausalito, California, coordinates the missions and is also a founding member of the Mission Resolve Foundation. The first leg of this clean-up recovered 103 tons of fishing nets and consumer plastics out of the ocean, which was a record for the largest open ocean clean-up ever done. The $25,000 matching challenge grant donated by Mission Resolve Foundation provides money for a second 2020 clean-up voyage to the Gyre. The length of this second leg will be determined by how successful OVI is in securing additional donations.


Member News: Azimut Benetti Group

Member News: Azimut Benetti Group

The Azimut Benetti Group will welcome a new Group CEO as of September 1, 2020. Marco Valle, who is currently in charge of the Azimut division, will take over from 75-year-old Franco Fusignani, who will remain on the company’s Board of Directors, Valle will be responsible for both divisions with the intention to preserve the characteristics and values of each brand.


Member News: Nova Southeastern University

Member News: Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness is offering free Coronavirus Maritime Awareness Training. The online, four-hour COVID-19 training is ideal for all hazardous workers in the maritime industry and will help attendees learn how to recognize, react, and protect themselves from coronavirus in the workplace. All MIASF staff have enrolled. Access to a webcam and microphone is required to participate. Contact Philyppe Carré at seamist@nova.edu.   


Member News: TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale

Member News: TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale

TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale has promoted Captain Weston Clemente to assistant supervisor. Captain Clemente started his marine towing and salvage career as a patrol captain at TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale and hasn’t looked back since. He grew up in Pompano Beach and was on, in, or near the water from the time he was a small boy. He attended Florida Atlantic University and was voted captain of the FAU Owls baseball team in 2018.

According to Larry Acheson, president of TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale, during Weston’s six-week training, he witnessed an incredible volume and diversity of jobs. He assisted with tricky salvage work, long distance tows and cargo launch jobs. He displayed natural ability and it was clear that he loved what he was doing. Once trained, Clemente progressed quickly, routinely volunteered for extra shifts and remained hungry to learn all that he could about the business. His easy-going demeanor and sense of humor, combined with professionalism and attention to detail, are a winning combination.

In June 2020, Weston was the natural choice when a supervisory role became available. He met this new challenge with the same enthusiastic attitude and skill set that earned him the promotion. The entire crew is excited to have him in this new role where he will do his part to help shape the company’s future growth for years to come.


Member News: Neptune Group Yachting

Member News: Neptune Group Yachting

Frank Grzeszczak, a Fort Lauderdale-based yacht broker, has launched FGI Yacht Group and acquired Neptune Group Yachting (NGY) from industry veteran DJ Parker, who launched NGY in 1997. Parker will stay on to lead the charter division, while Grzeszczak will head the brokerage division and oversee operations.


Member News: Derecktor Shipyard Fort Pierce

Member News: Derecktor Shipyard Fort Pierce

MIASF board member, Captain Glen Allen, recently accepted the position of sales manager at Derecktor Fort Pierce, where his role will be to attract motor and sailing yacht repairs to the shipyard. Allen has extensive experience in the industry, from overseeing charters to supervising new builds as large as 220 feet and running multiple vessels. 


Upcoming Event: Maritime Monday

Upcoming Event: Maritime Monday

MIASF will host a virtual Maritime Monday via Zoom on August 3rd from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Join friends and colleagues for a casual happy hour of networking and BOATS - a marine-themed version of BINGO, and a chance to win $25 restaurant gift cards. Click here to register. FYI, BYO food and drinks! 


Upcoming Event: Industry-Wide Blood Drive

Upcoming Event: Industry-Wide Blood Drive

DRIVE-IN. DONATE. DROP OFF.

On Friday, August 14th, MIASF will support an industry-wide blood drive initiated by Sandy Hoekstra-Handrahan of Yacht-Mate and host a non-perishable food collection at MIASF's headquarters. The blood drive will help meet the needs of area hospitals treating an influx of patients with COVID-19 and the food collection will benefit the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center “Bare Necessities” patient pantry, which distributes 850 pounds of food to needy families every month.

MIASF members are encouraged to participate by registering for an appointment through a unique portal to donate blood or plasma at the OneBlood Big Red Bus that will be stationed in the MIASF office parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A limited number of people will be permitted onboard the bus at any one time, so donors can wait in their car or outside to be called when it is their turn. By donating, each donor can save up to three lives! OneBlood tests all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Results will be available in the donor portal approximately 48 - 96 hours post-donation. Refreshments will be available to donors. Register for your time slot at https://www.oneblood.org/donate-now/ and use Sponsor Code #61618 to sign up.

High unemployment rates resulting from the coronavirus stay-at-home and lockdown emergency orders have impacted low-income families exponentially, and the Bare Necessities food pantry at the CDTC helps families with a special needs child extend their food options with non-perishable food items, including evaporated milk, oatmeal and cereal, jelly, tuna and other canned meat, soups and ramen noodles, as well as canned and dried beans, rice, pasta, jarred sauces, fruit cups, applesauce, and snacks. Additionally, diapers sized 2 - 5 are in high demand. The food collection will be held in conjunction with the blood drive and all donated items can be dropped off in contactless receptacles that will be located on the MIASF office front porch.

MIASF will be emailing a flyer to all members with the details, including an online link to make a reservation for blood or plasma donation. Food items can be dropped off anytime during the week, beginning on Monday, August 10th. For additional information, contact nicole@miasf.org


Salty Jobs

Salty Jobs

High-fives for the latest Salty Jobs episode filmed at High Seas Hydraulics! In this episode, cohosts Megan Piggott and Sean Smith work together to replace the hose and inspect the heat exchanger of a hydraulic system on a vessel. Click here to watch!

Boats Group is looking for a closing specialist. The closing specialist acts as a virtual assistant to our participating brokerage customers by preparing closing documents, communicating with buyers, sellers, and lenders, and filing necessary paperwork with the U.S. Coast Guard. This position plays a critical role in the business of our customers and must demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills and be able to work in a virtual team environment. Apply online here: https://www.boatsgroup.com/aboutus/careers/?gnk=job&gni=8a7887a872e8b16c017305f8949f4bfc 

 

Preferred Marine Sales Group is seeking a Mercury-specific marine technician/rigger to join its team starting the week of July 27th. The full-time position is in Pompano Beach, with overtime and benefits available. The marine technician/rigger will be responsible for:

·       Accurately diagnosing and repairing problems with boats and engines

·       Rigging Mercury engines/systems

·       Documenting all work and parts used during repair/maintenance order

·       Assisting with pickup and delivery of boats, as needed

·       Handling customer inquiries promptly and courteously

·       Operating hand and power tools associated with marine engine and equipment repair

 

To qualify for this position, applicants must have two years of experience, a valid driver’s license, and personal tools and have the ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced, high volume environment and pass a background and drug test. Technical school is a plus. Applicants can email their contact info and resume to info@preferredmarine.com and/or call Preferred Marine at 954-527-9000.


Did You Know?

Did You Know?

MIASF is seeking committee members to serve on the Education and Workforce Committee and the Membership Committee.

The Education and Workforce Committee facilitates partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations to find solutions to workforce issues and to educate various target audiences on career opportunities available in the marine industry, and the Membership Committee develops and maintains programs and services that provide valuable opportunities and benefits for members.

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities, contact nicole@miasf.org for Membership and megan@miasf.org for Education and Workforce.