Port Manatee receives $1 million for security

Published 5 October 2009

Tampa Bay-area port receives stimulus package funds to improve port security

Port Manatee in Florida received $998,542 on 30 September to pay for security upgrades from grant money made available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The grant will be used to purchase energy-efficient hybrid security vehicles and enhance port security surveillance technology.

This grant improves the port’s ability to secure the assets and personnel of Port Manatee and its customers. It reaffirms our commitment to be a leader in seaport security,” said David McDonald, executive directory of Port Manatee.

The upgrades are a part of Port Manatee’s continuing efforts to improve security since the port launched a comprehensive security enhancement program following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act provides stimulus money to the U.S. economy and includes measures to modernize the nation’s infrastructure and enhance energy independence.

Port Manatee is located at the entrance to Tampa Bay and ranks among Florida’s largest and fastest growing deepwater seaports.