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BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Following a national search, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry announced that seaport and economic development leader Jonathan Daniels will be the new Chief Executive & Port Director at Port Everglades. Broward’s diverse seaport is a global gateway for cargo, cruise and petroleum that is undergoing a $1.6 billion port expansion effort.
Daniels comes to Port Everglades from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi where he has been the executive director since 2013.
“Port Everglades is a dynamic economic engine for Broward County that will benefit from Jonathan’s business and economic development expertise,” Henry said. “The search for a director who could lead our seaport into the future was exhaustive, and I am confident that we made the right choice, as demonstrated by the Commission's confirmation of his appointment.”
"I am honored to have been selected. I look forward to working with the Board of County Commissioners, the County Administrator, the hard-working and dedicated employees of Port Everglades and its diverse business clientele," said Daniels.
In addition to his maritime experience in Gulfport, where he led a $570 million restoration and expansion project, Daniels also served as the Executive Director of the Port of Oswego in New York from 2007-2013, managing director of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and Port Director for the Eastport Port Authority in Maine.
Daniels also has an extensive background in economic development as the Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Maine Development Corporation, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations and development efforts of the six-county economic development district, and as the Director of the City of Bangor, Maine Office of Economic and Business Development. He also served as Senior Trade Advisor and Director, Maine International Trade Center, responsible for the State of Maine's international trade development efforts for eastern and northern Maine.
Daniels is active in the maritime community and the community as a whole and serves on many boards and committees, including the American Association of Port Authorities and the American Heart Association. He is a graduate of The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and the Maine Maritime Academy where he was a Master of Science Candidate in Maritime Management. His professional education includes studies at the U.S. Army War College, Thomas College in New England, and the University of New Orleans where he completed the International Program for Port Planning and Management.
His tentative start date with Broward County's Port Everglades is June 29, 2020.
About Port Everglades
As one of Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Broward County’s Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government with operating revenues of almost $170.7 million in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is nearly $32 billion. More than 219,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 13,037 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. For more information on Port Everglades, visit porteverglades.net or e-mail PortEverglades@broward.org.
DATE: May 19, 2020
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"Turn the Tide” Task Force Bulletin
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020. Broward County has extended Phase 1 reopening guidelines to beaches, commercial gyms and fitness centers, hotels and other commercial lodging, with restrictions, effective yesterday, May 26. www.browardcounty.org. Social distancing, face coverings will still be followed.
And so, WELCOME BACK! PEA MEMBERS! It’s with pleasure that we announce our Port Everglades Association Members luncheon meeting, Friday, June 12, 2020 at Tropical Acres. Featured speakers are Mark Ittel with Bermello, Ajamil and Partners presenting “Cruise Industry Restart” plus a special update on “Port Projects and Activities” by Acting Chief Director and Port Director, Glenn Wiltshire. Also, Gail Bulfin and Joseph Horancak will give an update on ilovelocal2020 campaign, 90 day jump start campaign to buy local. Mark your calendar for Friday, July 10, 2020 for our next PEA members luncheon to meet our new Chief Executive and Port Director, Jonathan Daniels.
This past Memorial Day Weekend we saluted Veterans past and present and all those helping in the fight against COVID-19. Port Everglades encouraged all vessels in our harbor and at berth to sound their horns or whistles four times at noon on Friday, May 22nd in recognition of National Maritime Day. This year’s National Maritime Day theme focused on the current COVID-19 global pandemic response and recovery effort. South Florida got another Blue Angels flyover to honor the healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. The "Salute Flight" took place last Saturday, May 23 from Key West to Palm Beach. Four US Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon Aircraft from the 482nd Fighter Wing, The Mako’s, Air Force Reserve Command in Homestead flew over 34 hospitals, while a MH65 Helicopter and a C-144 Aircraft from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami flew over 16 hospitals.
“This week in Maritime,” is a Global Roundtable Discussion with Maritime Experts. Weekly sessions come together and host a roundtable where global industry leaders share insight into the challenges related to or flowing from the COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly, Wednesdays, 8.30 am – 9.45 am U.S. EST. All are welcome. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/785133061 You can also dial in using your phone. U. S. +1 (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 785-133-061 Today’s discussion was “Under Pressure, New Sanctions News and Resources.” Founding Members: Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, Total Marine Solutions. Jeanne Grasso, Blank Rome LLP. Kathy Metcalf, Chamber of Shipping of America.
iLoveLocal2020’s campaign geared up last week with a kick off virtual meeting. Meetings are held weekly on Fridays. The 90 day, jump start buy local platform encourages people to help stimulate the local economy. Updated status to be presented June 12, PEA meeting. GFLA 954.524.3115
Greater Fort Lauderdale, Convention and Visitors Bureau presents online “Future in Focus II,” June 4 at 10:00 a.m. the second Destination Recovery Summit, presented will be the marketing plan to carry us through summer and into the fall. No registration is required. GFLCVB 954.765.4466
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