After spending years at sea, Brett Monthie had to chart the channels in Tampa Bay from memory in order to become a Tampa Bay harbor pilot. And then he spent 30 months in training. He’s one of 13 full pilots and six deputy pilots in the Tampa Bay Pilots Association. They guide the ships safely through the bay. Read more here.
Capt. Chris Mons is part of a St. Johns River tradition that started in 1832, when hardy locals would race to paddle their boats out to sea to be the first to pilot the ships into port. Read more here.
Three referendums may appear on Key West citizens’ ballots during the 2020 General Election. While these measures are disguised as being good for the health and well-being of Key West residents and the environment by limiting cruise ships, they in fact pose a real threat to local jobs and the economy by effectively banning all cruise ships into the Port of Key West.
Read more here.
All completed applications must be returned on or before August 31, 2020. Please see the link for more information: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/pilotc/documents/port_opening_aug2020.pdf
All applications are due by February 14, 2020. Please see the link for more information. http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/harbor-pilots/hot-topics/
To view the Fall 2019 FHPA newsletter, please click here.