TAMPA, Fla.— Port Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that one of its major environmental projects, the McKay Bay Restoration project, has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, in its 22nd Annual Future of the Region Awards, today at the Carillon Hilton, in St. Petersburg.
The Future of the Region Awards event highlights projects and programs that exemplify regionalism, and recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions that benefit the regional community. The port, with assistance from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), embarked upon and completed a combination of wetland restoration projects within the McKay Bay Ecosystem in Tampa Bay. The net impact of this work has resulted in the restoration of estuarine wetlands and adjacent shallow intertidal bay bottom within this historically impaired water body.
Representatives from the project partners accepted the award, including Port Tampa Bay;
Tampa Contracting Services (TCS), Orion Marine Construction; Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD); and CH2M Hill.
“This project has been duly recognized by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and we remain committed to taking on major environmental projects such as this that will have lasting benefits for the delicate marine habitats of Tampa Bay and the community,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “We are thrilled to again be honored with an award from this great agency and appreciate the professionalism of the judges who recognize these important projects.”
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 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. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com