MIASF hands out awards at its Annual Gala

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Marine Industries Association of South Florida has named City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle as its 2004 Golden Anchor Award recipient, MIASF said in a statement yesterday.

The award recognizes an individual for a lifetime of achievement or extra ordinary accomplishment benefiting the marine industry, and was presented at the June 5 MIASF Annual Awards Gala, “Fire & Ice,” in Fort Lauderdale.

“Mayor Naugle has made countless appearances before various committees and commissions on behalf of the MIASF and the marine industry in South Florida.” Jay Reynolds, MIASF president, said in presenting the award. “Wherever his travels as mayor take him, he never fails to promote his home town industry and encourage linkages with our marine businesses.”

MIASF hands out additional honors

In addition to Naugle’s award the MIASF presented Shake-A-Leg Miami Watersports Facility the Anchor Project of the Year Award, and Ian Greenway, Marilyn Mammano, Joe Purtell and U.S. Coast Guard Captain Jim Watson Awards of Excellence for their contributions to the marine industry in the past year.

MIASF said Shake-A-Leg Miami Watersports Facility received the Anchor Project of the Year Award for its $6 million expansion to its facility in Miami. The organization works to enable physically disabled people and their families to enjoy sailing as part of their physical therapy and to gain confidence in their ability to learn to be active again.

Greenway, who works for LIG Insurance, received an Award of Excellence for service to the marine industry as a consultant on the Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act reform and efforts to pass the Recreational Marine Employment Act. He worked for passage of regulations that will effectively lower Longshore rates for many marine businesses by 42 percent.

Mammano was honored for six years of service to the MIASF and Broward County as the chairperson of the MIASF’s Waterway Cleanup Committee. Purtell was instrumental in the founding of the MIASF Plywood Regatta, serves as co-chair of the MIASF Image Committee and has spent several years on the MIASF Board of Directors as secretary/treasurer.

Watson was honored for his many efforts to help the South Florida marine industry to continue to run smoothly in the years since 9/11, including giving the MIASF a role on the Area Maritime Security Committee to help review waterfront security issues post 9/11, MIASF said.

“These industry leaders have each made significant contributions to our industry in the past year and have set valuable examples for other industry constituents. It is for their contributions that we recognize these leaders with the 2004 Awards of Excellence,” said MIASF Executive Director Frank Herhold.

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