Feb 08 2016

Virginia Zimmermann
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Office 941-721-2323
Cell 941-932-1006


SARASOTA, Fla. – Port Manatee officials attended a Feb. 8 town hall meeting in Sarasota, Fla. for discussion on homeland security threats and prevention held by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
During the town hall meeting, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras commented on the state of port security at Port Manatee: “Federal programs authorized by Congress and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have bolstered the safety and security at Port Manatee and ports nationwide. I especially would like to thank Chairman Michael McCaul for his support of port security measures designed to eliminate soft targets at ports by hardening security and vigilance through the use of security infrastructure and vigorous screening”.
The town hall meeting was attended by Port Manatee Chairwoman Betsy Benac as well as area first responders from fire, police and emergency medical services units.
Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, 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.

Port Manatee Director Carlos Buqueras speaks about port security at a Sarasota, Fla. town hall meeting