STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT: “As we work to create even more jobs for the next generation, investing in our ports is key to our success. Our ports are our connection to global commerce and the world. If we want to become a destination for the world’s tourists and for the world’s jobs – we have to keep investing in our ports.
“While many states waited on Washington to help fund infrastructure needs, Florida never waited on the federal government to step in and help us be more competitive or successful. In Florida, we have made investments in our seaports and expedited funding for major ports projects and I am proud we are committing to invest a total of $1 billion in Florida’s ports over our entire eight-year term in office.”
According to the Florida Ports Council, cruise and cargo activity at Florida ports generate more than 680,000 direct and indirect jobs and $96 billion in total economic value. For every $1.00 invested in Florida seaports, Florida’s economy experiences $6.90 in economic activity.