News & Updates

President’s Message: November 2022

Mike Rubin
President & CEO

Sometimes the simplest things mean the most, and as we look to the forthcoming Thanksgiving holidays, we have much to be thankful for.

At the Florida Ports Council, we’re grateful that the end of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is just a few weeks away. Hurricanes Ian and Nicole caused great damage to many communities in Florida, but our seaports were resilient and withstood the powerful forces of Mother Nature. Our ports played key roles in providing fuel, food and supplies to impacted communities following the storms, and it’s a role that we take seriously.

Florida is fortunate to have 16 seaports, with each playing vital roles. Port Everglades, JAXPORT and Port Putnam County are three Florida ports that have secured U.S. Department of Transportation grants under the Port Infrastructure Development Program. As you’ll see in this month’s e-Newsletter, Port Everglades received $19 million, while JAXPORT secured $23.5 million and Port Putnam County received $353,500. 

The talent leading our seaports is among the best in the nation. Four of our port directors are among the top transportation leaders highlighted in the Florida Trend’s Florida 500 which was released in the last few weeks. Be sure to read the Seaport Spotlight in this newsletter edition to see which port directors topped their list.

This week, the Florida Ports Council is proud to participate and support Recycling Week in Florida. If you’re in Brevard County on Wednesday morning, please come out and support Recycling On The Go at Jetty Park at Port Canaveral. Giving back by helping clean-up is good for the soul.

This Thanksgiving season, we especially thank our seaports and the employees that help keep them running smoothly. Thank you for your commitment to moving commerce and for keeping our economy running too.