Port Manatee is celebrating a half century as a powerful regional economic catalyst and global commercial hub, with today [Thursday, Oct. 29] proclaimed Port Manatee Day in recognition of the 50-year anniversary of the diverse port’s dedication.
In 1965, Manatee County bought 357 acres to launch a Barge Port and Industrial Port which was eventually named Port Manatee. That same year, the Florida legislature created the Manatee County Port Authority. Port Manatee’s official dedication ceremony took place in October 1970.
Even before its formal dedication ceremony, Port Manatee received its first vessel call, with 2,000 tons of Korean plywood being offloaded from the 576-foot-long M/V Fermland on Aug. 1, 1970. Eight-two days later, on Oct. 29, 1970, the formal dedication ceremony was held for the fledgling port.
1950 Community leaders looked south from the Piney Point ferry landing in the early 1950s and envisioned a thriving seaport to promote trade and commerce, provide a steady tax base for the community and create new jobs in Manatee County.
1965 Manatee County purchased 357 acres near Piney Point for $900 an acre to launch the Barge Port and Industrial Port, later renamed Port Manatee.
1965 Florida Legislature passes the Manatee County Port Authority Act, officially creating the port and its oversight board.
1970s Port Manatee primarily served the petroleum and phosphate industries. Petroleum tank farms and fertilizer warehouses dotted the landscape where little else existed.
Aug. 7, 1970
Aug. 7, 1970 The M/V Fermland was the first ship to dock at Port Manatee.
Oct. 29, 1970
Oct. 29, 1970 Official port dedication ceremony.
1971 Port Manatee hosts the largest ship to ever call on Tampa Bay at the time, the 732-foot Zenkoren Maru No. 5 carrying 12,000 tons of potash.
1980s Refined petroleum and phosphates are the port’s major commodities. Scrap metal, waste paper and plywood also play key roles in the port’s development.
1980s Berth 11 was built on the south side of the port creating opportunities for new tenants at Port Manatee
1980s Berth 12 provided key services for the reconstruction of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
1983 Eastern Portland Cement Company, owner of four 170-foot silos, begins importing cement at Port Manatee.
1989 Fresh Del Monte Produce begins operations at the port. The Port Manatee terminal becomes its second largest U.S. facility.
1990 Port Manatee awarded Foreign Trade Zone No. 169.
1990s Warehouse 6 was built for Del Monte’s facility.
1992 David L. McDonald PPM® named port director.
1993 – 2003
1993 – 2003 Regal Cruises sailed from the cruise terminal at Berth 9.
2001 Construction began on the Gulfstream Natural Gas system pipeline, bringing natural gas through Port Manatee.
2001 Internationally recognized seagrass transplant project began, resulting in 25 acres of new seagrass meadows in Tampa Bay.
2003 Manbirtee Key transformed into a bird refuge in partnership with Gulfstream Natural Gas System and Audubon of Florida.
2007 The 174,000 square-foot Warehouse 11, Port Manatee’s largest warehouse completed.
2007 Gottwald HMK 6407 Mobile Harbor Container Crane made its first pick, opening the door to a new era of container shipping at Port Manatee.
2009 Port Manatee signs strategic alliance with the Panama Canal becoming the 10th U.S. port to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Panama Canal Authority.
2009 The Manatee County Port Authority approves the first phase of the port’s $750 million master plan. The plan calls for a dedicated container terminal on the port’s south side adjacent to the expanded 1,584-foot Berth 12, a second mobile harbor container crane, new cold storage facilities, berth upgrades, land acquisitions and permits for a new container terminal on the port’s north side.
2009 The Port Manatee Encouragement Zone is established to attract major shippers and to entice the relocation of distribution facilities and support industries to a vast green field area neighboring the port.
2012 Carlos Buqueras named Port Manatee executive director.
2013 Port Manatee finished construction of the initial 10 acres of the first phase of the South Port Intermodal Terminal, a planned 52-acre containerized cargo and vehicle-handling facility. Also completed is the development of the 40-foot-draft Berth 14, which, combined with the adjacent Berth 12, provides 1600 feet of contiguous berthing area.
Today Port Manatee adds more than $3.9 billion annually in regional economic impact and supports more than 27,000 jobs.
ONE OF FLORIDA’S LARGEST AND FASTEST-GROWING DEEPWATER SEAPORTS.
Located in the eastern Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Tampa Bay, Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal – providing shippers with speedy access to Pacific Rim market
The port and its partners move more than 9 million tons of containerized, breakbulk, bulk, and project cargo each year including fresh produce, forestry products, petroleum products, citrus juice products, fertilizer, steel, aluminum, automobiles, cement, aggregate and more.
Port Manatee is Fresh Del Monte Produce’s second-largest U. S. port facility and is also the Southeast’s leading forestry product importer.
As a leading economic engine, Port Manatee adds more than $3.9 billion dollars annually in regional economic impact and supports more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The mission of Port Manatee is to be a powerful catalyst of countywide economic growth and hub of trade-related activity, by developing diversified and competitive deepwater shipping facilities and conducting maritime-related activities in a profitable and environmentally responsible manner.
Port Manatee is a dependent special district created by the Florida Legislature in 1967. The port’s governing body is the seven-member Manatee County Port. Members serve four-year staggered terms with annual elections of officers. The authority sets policy and oversees major expenditures for the port. Manatee County
While the Manatee County Port Authority is comprised of the same seven members as the elected Manatee County Commission – each governing body has a separate set of officers and financial accountability.
Port Manatee is not considered a unit of Manatee County Government and does not receive ad-valorem tax support from the citizens of Manatee County.
Reggie Bellamy Commissioner Bellamy was born and raised in Manatee County. Bellamy holds the position of executive director of the Palmetto Youth Center, head boys’ basketball coach at Palmetto High School, and is among leaders of the Barbershop Men of Prayer mentoring program in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Earlier in life, Commissioner Bellamy was a logistics officer in the U.S. Army.
Misty Servia Commissioner Servia has lived in Manatee County since 1988 after accepting her first job as a planner for Manatee County government. She worked for the Manatee County Planning Department for nearly 18 years, where she met her husband Joaquin. Misty and Joaquin have three children.
James Satcher James Satcher is a devoted husband, father of five and minister with hands on experience making positive changes in Manatee County. Satcher leads a successful nonprofit with more than two decades of ministry that has provided aid to orphans, single mothers and the homeless.
Carol Whitmore Commissioner Whitmore is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She moved to Manatee County in 1969 and grew up on Anna Maria Island. She became a nurse in 1977 and was employed at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Critical Care. In 1991, Whitmore worked at Woods of Manatee as Admissions Coordinator before she became employed at her husband’s office. Carol is married to Dr. Andre Renard, retired, and has a daughter, Janae, who is married to Scott Rudacille.
Vanessa Baugh Commissioner Baugh is originally from Virginia and moved to Florida in 1999. She and her husband, Don started Vanessa Fine Jewelry in 1999, which is located on Lakewood Main Street. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
George Kruse Commissioner Kruse grew up in Sarasota and moved to Manatee County in 2008. George has made a lifelong career in commercial real estate finance and affordable housing. George is married to Jessica, a Community Engagement Manager for PACE Center for Girls and they have two children.
Kevin Van Ostenbridge Kevin Van Ostenbridge is a native of Manatee County and started his successful real estate career in 2003. He became a Top Producer at Boyd Realty eventually managing their branch office on Anna Maria Island. Kevin also started Be Easy Tours; a Bradenton-based excursion company and continues to operate it today.
Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal, serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavy lift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $3.9 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.
The more than 9 million tons of cargo moving through Port Manatee each year include a broad range of commodities, representing imports and exports to countries of Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Primary imports include:
Tropical fruits and vegetables
Citrus juices and beverages
Refined petroleum products
Finished phosphate fertilizers
Cement and cement clinker
Project cargo such as power plant and bridge components, heavy machinery and over-sized vehicles
Primary exports include:
Finished phosphate products
Construction and road building equipment
LNG Heat Exchangers
Power Generation Units
Port Manatee is conveniently located near the entrance to Tampa Bay in west-central Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico. It is regarded as the closest U.S. seaport to the Panama Canal, as well as burgeoning Mexican manufacturing centers.
More than eight million Florida residents live within a two-hour-drive of Port Manatee, and the majority of Florida’s 130 million annual visitors may be found within a three-hour drive.
Excellent Road, Rail Links
Port Manatee offers exceptional highway connections, with a 60-mph access to Interstate 75 and Interstate 275, as well as Interstate 4. Trucks leaving Port Manatee reach Interstate 75 and I-275 in as few than four minutes via U.S. Highway 41.
Port Manatee’s short line railroad directly connects to the CSX Corp. mainline, which is less than 1 mile from the port’s north gate. To accommodate customers’ demands, the short line is available to port users on a 24/7 basis. The short line features two modern switcher engines and nearly 7 miles of track, offering a capacity of more than 300 rail cars.
Facts & Figures
Truck scale operations
Port Manatee’s scale house is available 24 hours a day with advance notice, with regular hours of operation of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Abundant warehouse space
Port Manatee offers more than 1 million square feet of public warehouse and office space, featuring 207,000 square feet of refrigerated space.
Large laydown area
Port Manatee offers approximately 70 acres of laydown area.
Port Manatee is just 12 miles from the Egmont Key pilot station, including 2.95 miles from the intersection of Cut B with the main Tampa Bay Shipping Channel.
The channel and berthing areas are maintained at the design depth of 40 feet at mean low water.
The channel width at the toe of slope is 400 feet.
The turning basin has a diameter of 1,300 feet, capable of accommodating Panamax vessels.
Ten 40-foot-depth berths
Berths 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 are each maintained at 40-foot design draft at mean low water.
Plentiful refrigerated plugs
Port Manatee offers 328 stationary refrigerated plugs plus 120 portable receptacles, for a total reefer plug capacity of 448.
Port Manatee offers two Gottwald HMK 6407 mobile harbor cranes and one Liebherr mobile harbor crane capable of handling containers, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift and general cargos at multiple berth locations.
Gottwald crane specifications:
Greatest tandem lift capability of any Florida port authority (165 tons)
Lift capacity of each crane of 100 tons at 80 feet
Reach capability across 13-container width
Each able to move as many as 25 containers per hour
Hoisting speeds of 66 feet per minute for 100 tons, 132 feet per minute for 45 tons
Maximum radius each of 167 feet
Height each of 131 feet
Height each of 257 feet from ground with boom elevated to 36-foot radius point
Port Manatee’s senior management understand the unique features and benefits of the Tampa Bay region’s maritime community and are deeply engaged in the ever-changing world of international trade.
Carlos Buqueras With three decades of distinguished Florida port leadership, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras is globally renowned for his visionary achievements in all facets of seaport business development and operations, including containerized, bulk and breakbulk cargos, as well as cruise and ferry industry prominence.
Dave Sanford As Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Sanford assists the Executive Director in port operations, maintenance, security and overall harbor management. He also assists the Executive Director in trade development, special projects and new infrastructure planning.
Matty Appice Mr. Matthew Appice is responsible for the implementation of sales initiatives to retain and expand Port Manatee’s business as well as promote new business opportunities. His focus includes expansion of the port’s container -trade business as well as opportunities in other maritime business sectors which add value to Port Manatee.
Senior Director of Planning, Engineering & Environmental Affairs
George Isiminger Mr. Isiminger is responsible for design and oversight of all construction projects at Port Manatee. He also handles securing environmental permits and ensures compliance with local, state and federal environmental requirements.
Senior Director of Business Administration & Finance
Denise Stufflebeam As the Senior Director of Business Administration and Finance, Mrs. Stufflebeam manages the daily activities of the port’s accounting and finance functions. She also oversees the information technology department and its operations.
David St. Pierre As Director of Public Safety & Security, Mr. David St.Pierre is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the port’s security and emergency action plans and manages the daily activities of the Port Manatee security department.
The Manatee County Port Authority approved the latest update of Port Manatee’s $750 million master plan in 2016. It provides a strategic vision and framework for continued diverse growth of the port for the coming decade and beyond while concentrating on generating local, regional, and statewide economic benefits.
A primary focus of the plan includes attracting containerized shipping to the port and related support industries, which would make productive use of the Port Manatee Encouragement Zone. Other highlights of the plan include berth and container terminal expansions, comprehensive environmental mitigation strategies and road and railroad enhancements.
The authority’s approval of the plan does not authorize any capital expenditures. The merits of each component of the plan are reviewed and approved individually by the Manatee County Port Authority with corresponding project financing strategies and return on investment analysis.
Tampa Bay’s Port Manatee is undeniably unique. With nearly 5,000 acres of largely undeveloped land just outside the port’s gates, Port Manatee has room to grow. The port offers major incentives to entice the relocation and development of distribution centers within the Florida International Gateway. And, shippers don’t face landside gridlock thanks to fast access to Interstates 75 and 275 and Port Manatee’s own railroad connecting to CSX rail lines. Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal and it is a short distance from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Manatee County Port Authority meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. on the third floor of the Port Manatee Intermodal Center, 1905 Intermodal Circle, Palmetto, FL 34221. The public is welcome.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings have shifted to the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
A meeting of the Manatee County Port Authority will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 9 am or as soon as is practicable, in the Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers on the first floor of the County Administrative Center at 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL. Manatee County Port Authority Agenda February 23, 2021 (PDF)
If you have any questions, please call Teresa Daugherty at 941-721-2395.
As a diverse global gateway, Port Manatee can handle a variety of bulk, break bulk, containerized and heavy lift project cargos. Port Manatee offers excellent highway connectivity, a congestion free environment as well as on-dock-rail.
Added to support Port Manatee’s cargo mix are the two Gottwald HMK 6407 mobile harbor cranes capable of handling a variety of commodities at multiple berth locations. These cranes each have a lift capacity of 100 tons at 80 feet and a tandem lift capacity of 165 tons making this the highest tandem lift capacity of any Florida Port. Port Manatee’s 70 acres of laydown area with competitive free time as well as 1200 PSF capacity make it a competitive choice for project cargo.
Three mobile harbor cranes equipped with clam-buckets
40 feet deep water draft
Previously handled bulk commodities include bulk juices, aggregates, and agricultural products
Three mobile harbor cranes with a lift capacity of 100 tons each
20 acres intermodal yard
Ample laydown area of 70 acres
Up to 60 days free time
Previously handled breakbulk commodities include vehicles, lumber, steel coils, ingots, rebar, fruits and vegetables
Fast efficient truck turn times
Three mobile harbor cranes can handle 25-30 lifts an hour
Closest US port to the Panama Canal
Two to three day transit time to Central American and Mexican ports
Three mobile harbor cranes, highest tandem lift capacity of any Florida port
With benefits extending throughout an even wider geographical range, Port Manatee’s Foreign-Trade Zone No. 169 (FTZ No. 169) allows many businesses within a 60-mile radius or 90-minute drive of the port to defer, reduce or often eliminate costly U.S. Customs duties on products imported into the United States.
For more on FTZ No. 169, contact Malcolm Edwards, Port Manatee’s senior manager for trade development, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 941-722-6621 ext. 341.
Thank you for your interest in bidding opportunities at Port Manatee. Current Manatee County Port Authority Procurements and other solicitations are posted on DemandStar.com under Agency Name: Manatee County Port Authority.
The following procurement has been posted on Demandstar:
Manbirtee Key Annual Vegetation and Fire Ant Control ITB-1-0-2021/GI – Bid Document / Specifications
Port Manatee’s property encompasses 1,100 acres inside the fence with more than 5,000 acres of privately owned land ripe for development.
The port offers more than 1 million square feet of public warehouse and office space featuring 207,000 square feet of refrigerated space.
We have the following lots available for lease – please refer to facility map:
10 acres, 0.37 mile from the dock
6.5 acres, 0.45 mile from the dock
26 acres, 0.76 mile from the dock
21 acres, 0.22 mile from the dock
5 acres, 130 feet from the dock
21 acres, 520 feet from the dock
24 acres, 130 feet from the dock
52 acres, 1 mile from the dock, located off port
10 acres, 1.7 miles from the dock, located off port
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY
Multiple initiatives are in place in and around Port Manatee to encourage development by businesses seeking to capitalize upon proximity to the port and its facilities. Both new projects and expansion of existing facilities are supported by these initiatives.
The Florida International Gateway (FIG) is an area within the Florida International Gateway Improvement District which encompasses nearly 5,000 acres of largely undeveloped land adjacent to Port Manatee.
The FIG area features excellent highway and rail connectivity, customized economic development incentives and expedited permitting. No other property within Florida offers more direct, extensive, and beneficial incentives to attract the development of logistically focused manufacturing, processing, warehousing and distribution facilities. With the cooperation of the Manatee County Port Authority, Manatee County government and the State of Florida, land within the district offers an unrivaled array of incentives, effectively leveling the economic development playing field with neighboring states
The Florida International Gateway Improvement District is located on Tampa Bay and is inclusive of Port Manatee, east to Interstate 75, extending from the Manatee County line on the north to Buckeye Road on the south.
The district generates revenues for the port area from tax increment financing. This does not mean taxes are higher, just more of the dollars generated stay focused on this specific area of the county. These dollars are deposited into the Port Manatee Improvement Trust Fund and may be used for a variety of port-related activities in the district
PLANNED DEVELOPMENT ENCOURAGEMENT ZONE
Manatee County has established the Planned Development Encouragement Zone (PDEZ) to facilitate preapproval of a variety of land uses for local property owners. The PDEZ encourages port-compatible development on vacant lands in the vicinity of Port Manatee and provides an entitlement with no expiration date. This makes properties marketable for a wider variety of uses without worry of expiration of entitlements. This district is available to all property owners in the area.
REGIONAL IMPACT EXEMPTION
Lands within 3 miles of Port Manatee are granted automatic exemption from State of Florida Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) Program requirements. This exemption can furnish significant time and cost benefits.
Expedited review of all county permitting related to building and development in the Port Manatee area is provided by the Manatee County Economic Development Team.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE GRANTS
An economic development incentive (EDI) grant program is available to companies creating a minimum of five high-wage jobs. The amount of the grant is customized based upon the number of jobs created and the average annual wage and is paid based on performance over a five-year period.
TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE INCENTIVE
The transportation impact fee incentive provides relief from road impact fees to expanding, new or relocating businesses that create at least five quality jobs meeting standardized criteria within the area of Port Manatee.
Additional incentives are available through various local and state economic development agencies.
FOREIGN-TRADE ZONE NO. 169
Qualified businesses may benefit from extended privileges provided by Port Manatee’s Foreign-Trade Zone No. 169.
Port Manatee is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all employees, tenants and visitors.
Port Manatee’s security department is on duty 24/7, operating from its state-of-the industry access control center at the port’s main entrance. Security personnel monitor the port’s more than 1,100 acres from the high-tech center via a sophisticated surveillance system, enabling vehicles to move quickly through the port with a high level of unobtrusive scrutiny. Security personnel also patrol the port’s grounds and monitor waterways using sophisticated surveillance systems and a variety of watercraft.
The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, also known as TWIC®, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities/vessels, and others who require a TWIC®.
Port Manatee Security operates a TWIC Enrollment Center under contract with the Transportation Security Administration and its contractor. Information regarding enrollment requirements and to make an appointment for enrollment, please visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/programs/twic
Port Manatee Permits and Licenses
To enroll in the port’s access control system, the applicant must:
Possess a valid TWIC as required under federal law
Demonstrate a verifiable business purpose to enter the port
Go to the port’s credentialing office to electronically scan and validate the TWIC. Individuals must know their TWIC pin code to enroll their credential. (Individuals who do not know their pin code must visit the TWIC Enrollment Center to reset the code)
Port Manatee takes Security very seriously. Facilitating the safe and secure movement of cargo and the protection of the port’s critical infrastructure is the highest priority. Since 9/11 security measures have been dramatically increased. To ensure a safe and secure environment for all employees and assets, the port has implemented strict access control procedures. The identity and business purpose of all persons entering the port display is verified before access is granted.
Port Manatee is fully compliant with the provisions of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and utilizes the federal Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) as the primary credential to initiate access control. Persons who possess a valid TWIC and are employed by port tenants or licensed operators may apply to enroll their TWIC into the port’s access control system. A $40 enrollment fee will apply.
TEMPORARY ACCESS CREDENTIALS
Individuals not registered into the port’s electronic access control system who are actively engaged in a commercial activity are required to receive a temporary access credential prior to obtaining access. For temporary access, applicants must:
Present a valid driver’s license or government issued photo identification card
Demonstrate a verifiable business purpose to enter the port. This is accomplished by contacting the individual or business that is vetting access or by verifying tenant-issued load, pick-up or reservation numbers.
Individuals not possessing a valid TWIC must be escorted or monitored at all times while on the port Security and escort fees apply as follows: Port Escort Service for Non-TWIC Holders: $80
Visitors not registered into the port’s electronic access control system who are not actively engaged in a commercial activity who require access to the administrative offices of the port or its tenant operators must receive a visitor pass prior to entering the port.
Present a valid driver’s license or government issued photo identification card.
Be listed as a visitor by a port or tenant employee authorized to receive visitors.
Individuals will require monitoring as outlined in rule 411 at no cost.
For more information on Port Manatee’s visitor and temporary Access policies and pricing, contact the Security Department at (941) 722-6455.
Port Manatee offers a host of security training courses and is the country’s only seaport approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to teach Facility Security Officer (FSO) training. The port offers a number of facility security training courses that comply with all International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.
These modular courses were developed to meet the training requirements outlined in 33 CFR 205, 210 and 215.
Due to COVID-19 there are currently no courses scheduled.
The FSO Certification course has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and fully meets the training requirements outlined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code section B 18.1 and the implementation regulations of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 105 — fully complying with U.S. Coast Guard training requirements.
MTSA FOR FIRST RESPONDERS (2-DAY, OFFERED QUARTERLY)
MARITIME SECURITY FOR MILITARY, FIRST RESPONDER, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL
This 16 hour program is intended for law enforcement personnel who perform Port Security duties and was developed to meet the training standards published by the U.S. Maritime Administration, meets the requirements of 33 CRF 105.210 and ISPS Code B 18.2 and is specifically tailored for response personnel. A certificate will be issued to attest to the completion of the training.
MTSA SECURITY AWARENESS (HALF-DAY, MORNINGS ONLY)
MTSA/ISPS FAMILIARIZATION FOR FACILITY PERSONNEL TRAINING
The MTSA/ISPS Familiarization module was developed to meet the professional training requirements outlined in 33CFR 105.215. This 4-hour seminar provides a basic understanding of the regulations, crime prevention and how facility personnel support security operations at the facility. The session is a pre-requisite for security personnel training. A certificate will be issued to all individuals completing this course.
MTSA SECURITY PLAN AUDITING (FULL-DAY, IN-DEPTH TRAINING ON THE AUDITING PROCESS)
This 8 -hour course was created to provide information on the requirements and process of auditing Facility Security Plans as required under MTSA regulations. This course supplements the Facility Security Officer course by providing in-depth training specifically on the auditing process.
PORT SECURITY PERSONNEL (PERSONNEL WITH SECURITY DUTIES) TRAINING
This 4-hour Security personnel training meets the professional training requirements for persons filling positions in seaport security outlined in current Coast Guard regulations.
To register for training, please contact David St. Pierre, Director of Public Safety and Security, email@example.com or (941) 722-6621
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Manatee County Port Authority have entered into a cooperative agreement to establish a community based watch program to assist in the enforcement and implementation of a security zone on and around a dredge material island near Port Manatee known as Manbirtee Key.
The Manbirtee Key Security Zone became effective Jan. 1, 2008. Under federal regulations, commercial and recreational boaters desiring to enter the zone must first gain permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port.
This community watch program was designed to provide a mechanism for boaters to be granted access while maintaining the desired level of security in the area concerned.
PROGRAM APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO:
Complete the required Zone Watch application. (A government issued photo identification card will be required to establish identity.)
Submit to background screening. Possession of the following credentials is accepted as proof of meeting the background screening requirements:
TSA Known Traveler Number – Number must be provided for authentication using the TSA Website.
Florida Concealed Carry Permit.
Individuals not meeting any of the above criteria, must obtain a background screening at their own expense. This can be accomplished by:
Applying for a Known Traveler Number (KTN), using the TSA Pre Check Program. To find enrollment locations and to make an appointment visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/
Request a certified copy (not Instant Search) of applicant’s criminal history from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Criminal-History-Records/Record-Check using the certified search tab. The applicant must provide the notarized copy provided by the FDLE.
Applicants must bring their application and any of the above listed accepted proof of background screening to the Port Manatee Access Control Center at 1705 Piney Point Road, Palmetto, FL 34221, weekdays from 8 am thru 4 pm. Applicants will be charged a $50.00 fee to register in the required training. Applicants will be provided the training date at the time of registration.
Applicants become active Zone Watch Participants and issued program credentials upon completion of the required training.
If you have any questions, please contact Port Manatee Security at 941-722-6621
The Manatee County Port Authority is committed to enhancing Tampa Bay’s pristine ecosystem while reducing its environmental footprint. With more than $16 million invested in environmental projects since 2000, Port Manatee and its partners are dedicated to protecting the natural environment in and around the port’s rural setting.
Port Manatee meets and exceeds federal and state environmental mandates and holds all tenants and users to such high standards through requirements in Port Manatee tariff documents.
Drawing from a donor bed of 5.33 acres lying in the path of proposed expansion dredging, 25 acres of new seagrass meadows now flourish in Tampa Bay waters adjacent to Port Manatee. Beginning in 2001, scientists carefully transplanted the seagrass to locations scarred by years of propeller driven recreational boats traversing shallow bay waters. With a 400-acre environmental management area in place to protect the habitat from further scarring, seagrass now grows unimpeded.
For the previous 30 years, seagrass transplantation was largely considered experimental, meeting with varying degrees of success around the world. The project’s size and overwhelming success attracted global attention and earned several honors, including the 2006 Gulf Guardian Award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) also selected the project as the Western Hemisphere’s top environmental program in 2006.
MANBIRTEE KEY BIRD SANCTUARY
The 60-acre, man-made island, known as Manbirtee Key, is the result of Port Manatee’s original dredging project in the 1960s. The port partnered with Gulfstream Natural Gas System and Audubon of Florida in a multi-million dollar project converting the spoil island to a thriving bird sanctuary. Manbirtee Key has attracted more than 120 species of birds since its restoration in 2003 and the number of nesting species are on the rise.
The island was constructed to suit a wide range of nesting and feeding habitats. Invasive plant species, overgrown vegetation and predators (such as raccoons, possums and snakes) were removed from the island.
Due to the low disturbance level and distance to predators from the mainland, even threatened species are making a comeback to the island.
The name Manbirtee Key comes from the winning entry in a local “Name the Island” contest for elementary school children. The name is a combination of the words man, bird and manatee.
SUPPORTING CLEANER TAMPA BAY WATERS THROUGH UNIQUE CLAM RESTORATION PROJECT
Port Manatee is partnering with Eckerd College, the Gulf Shellfish Institute and Manatee County-based Bay Shellfish Co. in a clam restoration endeavor, which is bringing about clearer waters and, in turn, helping many native species to thrive. This unique program involves placement of 600,000 juvenile clams off Port Manatee. The native-species clams naturally filter nitrogen, phosphorous and chlorophyll-a from bay waters while feeding on phytoplankton, providing innate fertilizer for indigenous seagrasses and supporting a full range of local marine species.
All photos are available to download. Please credit the Manatee County Port Authority when printing or reproducing any of the images. If you have any questions or would like additional photos, please contact the Port Manatee communications department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port Manatee publishes an annual directory that includes port facts and figures, recent and future developments and serves as a marketing platform for the port’s business partners
The Manatee County Port Authority approved the latest update of Port Manatee’s $750 million master plan in 2016. It provides a strategic vision and framework for continued diverse growth of the port for the coming decade and beyond while concentrating on generating local, regional, and statewide economic benefits.
If you have questions or comments about Port Manatee, contact our administration office at (941) 722-6621 and a staff member will assist in directing your call. You may also contact us through our online Feedback form.
Electronic mail sent to and from Port Manatee may be subject to the Public Records Act and may be released as part of a public records request.
Main Phone: (941) 722-6621
Access Control Center: (941) 722 6455
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day to accommodate customer needs
Business Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, Eastern Standard Time
Emergency: Always DIAL 911 First. Port Security (941) 722-6455
Teresa Daugherty, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, is the Manatee County Port Authority’s custodian of public records and maintains the office where all official records of the Manatee County Port Authority are routinely created, sent, received and maintained.
The location of and record request contact information for Teresa Daugherty is:
Waterborne operations at Port Manatee remain uninterrupted, with its ability to move cargo not impacted. The port is monitoring the developments regarding COVID-19. We are following all protocols established by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our highest priority is the safety, health and well-being of our workforce, tenants and business partners. The port is continually evaluating procedures as this situation evolves and will make adjustments as needed.
There is no disruption to port customers at this time. For information concerning specific changes in operations, please contact the stevedore or terminal operator directly.
Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, Port Manatee has suspended until further notice acceptance and processing of applications for the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre✔® program, a federal initiative designed to expedite screening of low-risk travelers at participating airport checkpoints throughout the nation. The center remains open for TWIC® (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) enrollment.
Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, Port Manatee is only accepting payments through credit and debit cards for Access Control and truck scale transactions in order to better protect staff and business partners from potential exposure to COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the following websites: