Register for FMCA 2016 EXPO & Annual Meeting on Oct. 21-22, 2016
Mission Statement of the Florida Marine Contractors Association
“To support, promote, and educate the professional marine construction industry in the State of Florida”.
FMCA’s positions on Manatee Protection: *If sound science supports it, so do we. * If sound science doesn’t support it neither do we.
Welcome to Florida Marine Contractors Association, affectionately known as FMCA.
For 2015 the efforts of the association will be focused on membership and the regulatory issues that are making the industry a frustrating vocation at best. These two items work hand in hand. Getting more of the professionals in the marine industry involved in FMCA will increase the association’s clout with regulatory administrators and elected officials.
For membership consider all the suppliers who are doing business with the contractors. When a project is stalled due to a regulatory issue the contractor does not purchase materials, rent equipment, bond the job or employ his staff on that bit of work. All of these suppliers should be encouraged to join FMCA. And it goes further than that, most all types of business have their own associations and FMCA members should be talking with them to find the common ground. When I am speaking to elected officials the wider I can cast the net on the effects of bad policy or slow bureaucracy the better. With this in mind I would encourage every contractor to speak with their suppliers and tell them why organizations such as FMCA matter, and if you are really serious you can take the route of my esteemed predecessor, tell your suppliers that this business is your life line and unless they are in the game you will seek out those who are and patronize them instead.
If membership is one face of the hammer then the other face is the regulatory issues. Those who know me are aware that my background has been in the permitting end of the marine construction business. I have for many years worked to secure the authorizations from the federal, state, and local regulatory agencies that allow for projects in the marine environment. Over the last couple of years I have watched in amazed disbelief as what used to be a frustrating pursuit has become a sequence of circumstances that if the regulators are to be believed is beyond anyone’s ability to change. Currently in Florida we are experiencing a pro-business administration in Tallahassee. State authorizations are obtainable in a relatively predicable manner. However at the Federal level the opposite is occurring. Simple maintenance authorizations for existing facilities can take months or years to obtain. The county, city, village, and town authorizations seem to fluctuate from entity to entity but at least here in Lee County they are not the major stumbling block that the federal level authorizations have become.
For my nickel I am not asking the agencies to roll over and give up on regulating the industry. I am an end user of the environment like every marine contractor that I know. Each and every one of them has a personal stake in the protection of the environment; whether they are an offshore fisherman or a kayak enthusiast no one I know wants dirty water. Collectively we do want some consistency in the process so that there is stability in the business and the ability to project how much work to acquire, if the time is right to invest in new equipment, or hire personnel.
With these thoughts in mind I am looking forward to pressing our elected officials to adopt policy that will give guidance to the regulatory agencies that will allow Florida’s Marine Contractors to construct the waterfront infrastructure that facilitates access for everyone be they a marine contractor or just the average resident who wants to get out on the water.
Field Representative, Florida Marine Construction.