Florida Marine Contractors Association
a Florida Non Profit Corporation

Local Licensing Grandfather language has been finalized by the CILB

Posted on Feb 05 in Member Blog

The Grandfathering provision will read as follows:

(5) Applicants for licensure in any of the speciality licenses pursaunt to rule 61G4-15.100(1)(a) through (m), F.A.C., are exempt
from examination provided they meet the following requirements:
(a) As of June 30, 2023, holds a valid registered local license or competency card in any Florida Jurisdiction in one of the
speciality license types listed above;
(b) Has not had said license or competency card disciplined within the last five (5) years, and said license or competency card is
not currently pending discipline; and
(d) Has, for the requested license type, passed a written examination that the board finds to be substantially similar to the
examination required to be licensed as a certified speciality contractor as enumerated above. For the purposes of this subsection, a
written, proctored examination produced by the National Assessment Institute, Block and Associates, NAI/Block, Experior
Assessments, Professional Testing, Inc, or Assessment Systems, Inc., shall be considered to be substantially similar to the required
Rulemaking Authority

This is very exciting for our locally licensed contractors!!

Call me with any questions or concerns at 904-553-5189.

Kelly White
Executive Director

OSHA Workshop – Answers to questions Expo 2023

Posted on Oct 30 in Member Blog

Good Morning,

I spoke with John Vos, OSHA regarding questions during the workshop.

Q) Can a inflatable with a motor be used for a rescue skiff?
A) Yes, providing it is already inflated and easy to deploy.

Q) Can a boat/skiff with paddles be used for a rescue skiff?
A) Depends on the conditions. If it’s a strong current or large body of water that would be difficult to get too in the event of an injured worker floating away, then no. However, if you are on an small tributary with little to know current or tide swing, they paddles could possibly be utilized. It will be specific to the job site and conditions.

Q) Can a push boat be used for a rescue skiff?
A) Yes, if the push boat is easy to detach and have in a position to navigate in a very quick turn around to rescue an injured employee.

Please note in all scenario’s, there must be an employee on board of the rescue vessel that is First Aid certified and it must be a vessel that the employee (s) are able to gain access to the injured employee and provide first aid. That also means there must be a first aid kit on noted “rescue vessel”.

A plan of action should be written, discussed and employee’s trained prior to an incident happening. It is recommended that multiple team members should be First Aid certified.

John Vos – OSHA 912-652-4754.

Kelly White
Executive Director

HB735 Unintended Consequences – CILB is Resolving – Donations Needed!!!

Posted on Oct 11 in Member Blog

Good Morning Membership,

As of October 2023 the Association has spent $47,500 fighting the unintended consequences of HB735. Construction Industry Licensing Board is working on the Grandfathering language and development of other Specialty Licenses to undo the unintended consequences, however we still have some more work to do. We will have approximately 4 more meetings to attend and possible additional legislative work in 2024.

Our Association is small and is difficult for us to absorb the cost, however the Board understood it had no choice but to budget the money on something so impactful to not only our locally licensed contractors but a great deal of other’s as well.

So, while I am happy to say we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, the Save A Dock fund balance is getting low. We can only sustain about 3-4 more months and we will be out of funding for the fight. I am asking you to please donate to the Save A Dock fund so that we can replenish the account, as well as have enough money to see this fight to the end!

If you have questions or would like to donate via a credit card, please call me at 904-553-5189!

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Kelly White
Executive Director

FMCA Expo! Last Minute Contractors-sign up

Posted on Sep 27 in Member Blog

We have the show completely sold out with vendors and new products! We have room for some last minute contractors to sign up today.

We will have some new products that this will be first time introduced to the marine contractors. You do not want to miss it.

OSHA workshop on Friday, the rules/regs of operating equipment from the topside of the barge.

Reach out to Kelly White at 904-553-5189 or kelly@kwhiteinsurance.com today before 5pm if you are a CONTRACTOR and would like to register for October 6th & 7th.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week.

Executive Director
Kelly White

2023 FMCA Sponsorship Opportunity! Hospitality Suite

Posted on Sep 08 in Member Blog

Good Morning all,

We have a sponsorship opportunity available. It’s great for the vendor’s to host the Hospitality Suite. If you would like to host the Hospitality Suite or would like more information, please reach out to me at 904-553-5189 or kelly.white@myfmca.org.

We are also looking for raffle give a ways for the Saturday morning raffle drawings. All proceed go to help offset the Expo cost. Please email me with information on items you have available to donate again at 904-553-5189 or kelly.white@myfmca.org.

looking forward to seeing everyone next month!

Please do not forget to register today if you plan to attend, as registration closes September 14th!!

Kelly White
Executive Director