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Florida Ports Council Thanks Governor DeSantis For Prioritizing Economic Development Opportunities At Seaports and Within the Supply Chain

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 9, 2021)With more and more cargo ships calling on Florida seaports in an effort to avoid logjams at ports on the West Coast and the upper East Coast, Florida’s seaports are demonstrating that they are open for business and play a vital role in helping unclog the nation’s supply chain crisis.

“Florida is where your success comes in, and our seaports are helping to ensure the cargo shipping logjam doesn’t become the grinch that stole Christmas,” said Michael Rubin, President and CEO, Florida Ports Council.

Florida’s seaports are a major economic driver, supporting 900,000 direct and indirect jobs, and contributing almost $118 billion to the state’s economy through cargo and cruise activities.

“Thanks to Governor Ron DeSantis and DOT Secretary Kevin Thibault, Florida’s seaports are well poised to double its capacity of cargo containers received – from 4 million to 8 million containers a year,” Rubin added. “The Governor’s 2022-2023 state budget recommendations will further solidify Florida as the first port of call for getting goods to America’s market.”

JAXPORT and Port Everglades are among two of Florida’s 15 seaports that are experiencing increases in cargo ships calling on their ports in an effort to avoid port congestions ongoing across the country.


The Florida Ports Council (FPC), is a Florida nonprofit corporation that serves as the professional association for Florida’s fifteen public seaports and their management. FPC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the fifteen port directors with staff support located in Tallahassee. We provide leadership through a collective voice in the areas of state and federal advocacy, data and research, and marketing and communication.

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