Florida Seaports Booming with Cargo and Cruises

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- May 26, 2012

Florida's seaports are booming.

The Florida Ports Council released a five-year mission plan Friday. It shows Florida continues to lead the nation in cruise operations while waterborne cargo increased 18.2 percent to $82.7 billion in 2011.

Florida's ports moved 100 million tons and three million 20-foot equivalent containers of cargo last year.

The 15 seaports contributed to Florida's record year for international trade -- $149 billion.

Florida's $6.3 billion annual cruise industry handled 13.5 million passengers in 2011, accounting for 60 percent of all U.S. embarkations.

Port Miami, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral lead the nation in cruise passengers.

Other Florida seaports are in Pensacola, Panama City, Port St. Joe, Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville, Citrus County, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Manatee County, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach County and Key West.

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  • by NOT SCOTT is it? on May 30, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    But wait... Doesn't waterborne cargo mean its going out... See this is all Obama ......Scott had nothing to do with it did he?
  • by yep Location: tally on May 28, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    ...and haters did nothing but whine and complain when he had the seaports dredged...
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      by 62nitro on May 28, 2012 at 04:11 PM in reply to yep
      Could this be part of the reason that the unemployment numbers keep coming DOWN in Fl? Sounds like bad news for libs. Gov Scott's policies are working. OMG! What a nightmare!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
    Gov Scott
  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    Why don`t we get all of the facts in this story? We should be told what extent of that 18% cargo increase is imports(increasing trade deficit) and how much is export( cash flow/income to the U.S.). If all we are doing is taking people on trips and having people work importing inventory to supply discount stores.Keep buying stuff from overseas and in the next generation we will be totally dependant on other nations to supply our clothes, food, medicines, paper, fuel and fertilizer.
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      by anonymos 2 on May 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM in reply to
      Amen! We will be dependent on foreign trade. We need American Goods! Like the old Saying, Buy American!
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      by 62nitro on May 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM in reply to
      Exports from the US will not increase until our gov't stops penalizing successful businesses. Exactly what is wrong with "just taking people on trips"? It employs a huge amount of people in the service/food/travel industries. If your're worried about the next generation being totally dependent on foreign sources for [almost] all of our needs, you need to open your eyes, we're already there.
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        by Cruise lover on May 30, 2012 at 04:38 AM in reply to 62nitro
        Spot on. And those cruise ships fly under foreign flags. Those second and third world kids serving tea don't mind playing he role for a shift a day either. No pants on the ground, polite and I love to ask them to show me pictures of heir families back home and tip very very heavy
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