Marketing and Public Relations Manager
PALMETTO, Fla. – Port Manatee has entered into a pact with other Tampa Bay area ports for providing and/or receiving assistance in the event of an emergency.
The interlocal agreement between Port Manatee, Port Tampa Bay and the Port of St. Petersburg, as approved today [Thursday, Sept. 15] by the Manatee County Port Authority board, also allows for mutual assistance with training for emergencies.
“Whereas each of our ports remains a distinct entity, it is to the benefit of all that we are in position to support each other in the event of an emergency situation,” said Betsy Benac, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority.
Under terms of the 25-year agreement, each of the three ports expresses willingness to assist and support the other signatories in the form of supplemental equipment, supplies, docks, mooring areas, facilities and/or related assets, pursuant to the Florida Interlocal Cooperation Act.
Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal and Cuba’s Port of Mariel, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, 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 levying ad-valorem taxes.