Statement from Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson on Governor Scott’s
Appointment of Mike Griffin to the Port Tampa Bay Board of Commissioners
“We welcome Mike Griffin to the Port Tampa Bay Board of Commissioners. Mr. Griffin’s years of experience in the business and commercial real estate community will be an invaluable resource as we continue to grow and strengthen the Port, creating more local jobs and opportunities. As a direct result of the millions of dollars generated in recent years, Port Tampa Bay remains on pace to be off county tax rolls within nine years. Port Tampa Bay uses approximately $11 million in taxpayer money strictly for infrastructure projects (i.e. construction of cruise terminals) from a separate account. This year, Port Tampa Bay is expected to break all-time revenue records. Although we are currently reviewing all Port Tampa Bay expense policies, I believe there is a misperception about the integrity of how we spend Port Tampa Bay dollars. I look forward to the opportunity to provide a detailed explanation of our budget, and illustrate how our investments have vastly improved the economic landscape in the Tampa Bay area. We are excited to work with Mr. Griffin and welcome him to the Port Tampa Bay family.”
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 85,000 jobs and generating over $17 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. Port Tampa Bay was honored as 2016 Best Port Operator by Lloyd’s List. For more information, visit www.portTB.com.