Florida’s maritime industry, incredibly, sometimes flies under the radar. Almost as if 66,000 jobs all around the state can be taken for granted.
To ensure the interests of what is the second biggest state maritime industry in the United States of America are not neglected, the Florida Maritime Partnership continues to drum up support for the Sunshine State’s domestic maritime industry.
A recent week saw the group in Tallahassee, walking in tandem with the Florida Ports Council as they too worked the halls of the Capitol.
The meetings came fast and furious with stalwarts in both the legislative and executive branches.
From the Senate, northeast Florida’s two leaders: Republican Sen. Aaron Bean and Audrey Gibson, leader of the Senate Democrats.
From the House, Reps. Wyman Duggan and Dane Eagle.
Duggan, like Bean and Gibson, are from northeast Florida. Eagle, of Lee County, is the House Majority Leader.
As well, the executive branch: Stephanie Kopelousos, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff.
These meetings, Smith said, were to “promote awareness of the domestic maritime industry.”
Of course, a hallmark of recent years in Tallahassee has been robust support for the industry, so awareness-raising visits have been key