May 06 2015

MEDIA CONTACT:
Virginia Zimmermann
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Office 941-722-6621
Cell 941-932-1006
vzimmermann@portmanatee.com

PALMETTO, Fla. – This week Port Manatee hosted a workshop of the Florida Transportation Commission which provides leadership in meeting Florida’s transportation needs through policy guidance on issues of state wide importance.

Officials enjoyed a tour of the Port Manatee facilities followed by a presentation by FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway on the department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Initiative and an interactive discussion of the Commissions initiatives for 2015. Representative Jim Boyd and FDOT Assistant Secretary Rich Biter also attended the meeting.

“There are many transportation projects on the horizon affecting the port and Manatee County, so we are pleased to host and provide input to officials representing transportation needs”, said Carlos Buqueras, Executive Director of Port Manatee.

Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee serves bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.

FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway presents to the Florida Transportation Commission during a workshop at Port Manatee