With a new look and an updated website, the Florida Ports Council takes a monumental step in advancing the goal of supporting the state’s fifteen public seaports.
The Ports Council is a non-profit association advocating for seaports and their management, created to educate legislators and the public about how ocean-based commercial navigation is an essential part of the Florida’s economy. Seaports provide 13 percent of Florida’s Gross Domestic Product, with more than 680,000 direct and indirect jobs and $96 billion in economic value through cargo and cruise activities.
The cruise industry alone affects nearly every industry in the country, with 130,000 jobs and $5.8 billion in wages for Florida workers.
Through its newly rebranded website, www.flaports.org uses can access Ports Council data by type of material, separated into appropriate subject tabs. A restructured search option can quickly find any information or materials on the site, full profiles of members including accomplishments and contact information, as well as a Google map function of all Florida port locations.
Another feature is the Advocacy section, with regular posts of priority issues facing the shipping, cruise and sea transportation industries. Other sections include a calendar, with the ability to upload an Event and a Resource Library with publications from a wide array of related organizations.