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Rubin had been serving as interim president and CEO after Doug Wheeler announced that he was stepping down.
Wheeler’s resignation takes effect on April 30. Michael Rubin, currently the vice president of government affairs of the Florida Ports Council, will serve as interim president and CEO.
Florida’s seaports have a $117.6 billion economic impact and account for more than 900,000 direct and indirect jobs, while linking communities to vital national and international markets.
With more than three and a half decades in the maritime industry, Almira takes over from PortMiami CEO Juan Kuryla who finished his term.
With the support of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Scott brought out the “Set Sail Safely Act,” which, according to the senator’s office, “will establish a Maritime Task Force, in coordination with a Private Sector Advisory Committee, to address the health, safety, security, and logistical changes needed to allow for cruise lines and ports to resume operations.” As of now, cruise ships remain under a No Sail Order until the end of September.
Florida's ports moved almost 112 million tons of cargo valued at $86.6 billion in waterborne trade last year with China, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Mexico being the Sunshine State’s top international trade partners.
“Florida ports are leading the way in moving to cleaner, alternative energy sources, bringing tremendous environmental benefits to our transportation systems and our communities,” Nesheiwat said.
The agreement will help “maintain relations that promote international commerce and economic development.” Right now, Mexico is Florida’s second-largest trade partner, doing almost $11 billion in business last year, up 8.3 percent from 2017.
The council released the report, which includes recommendations for the ports on environmental changes and highlights their role in helping Florida recover from natural disasters, on Tuesday.
The Florida Ports Council released “Pathway to Prosperity: The 2019-2023 Five-Year Florida Seaport Mission Plan" which was prepared by the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) Council.