TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 4, 2015) – Yesterday afternoon, the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) Council elected Wayne Stubbs, port director of Port Panama City, as chair. He replaces Manuel Almira, director of Port of Palm Beach, who served as chair for two years. The FSTED Council is comprised of the port directors for Florida’s 15 public seaports, and representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation and the Department of Economic Opportunity. The Council oversees the FSTED Program (Chapter 311, Florida Statutes), a state and local financing program of priority seaport transportation projects. The Florida Ports Council staffs the FSTED Council and administers the FSTED program. The other officers elected were Brian Taylor, CEO of JAXPORT, as Vice-Chairman, and Amy Miller, port director for Port of Pensacola, as Secretary-Treasurer.
“Wayne Stubbs brings a wealth of practical and historical knowledge of Florida ports and the FSTED Program funding process,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council. “The FSTED Council is continually committed to identifying and allocating funds to port projects that will significantly enhance the economy and bring jobs and trade to the state of Florida.”
Stubbs has been at Port Panama City for more than 14 years, and has worked within the Florida port system for nearly 30 years.
“The FSTED funding process has been critical in unifying Florida ports in their efforts to make Florida competitive in the global marketplace. I feel privileged to have been elected by my peers to this important position and am excited to be a part of forming the future of our state’s logistics assets,” said Stubbs.