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Talk of the bay

Port commission jobs: short hours, no salary

Published October 31, 2005

Wanted: Two Tampa port commissioners to oversee public property at west-central Florida's "Greatest Economic Engine." Job requirements: experience with ships or shipping, attend one meeting a month. Salary: none.

By the end of last week, 12 applicants had volunteered for a seat on the board of directors for the Tampa Port Authority. Two new commissioners will be added to the five-member board under a law signed by Gov. Jeb Bush last summer.

Some familiar names include Joe Hartley, chief executive of Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Co.; retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. William Merlin, chairman of USS American Victory ship museum, and Thomas Finkbiner, former CEO of Quality Distribution, a Tampa trucking company.

Also in the running are a Navy Reserve captain, a ship agent, executives from a fertilizer company and a defense contractor, two maritime consultants, a former shipping line manager, a bank official and a retired merchant vessel captain.

A committee of maritime business representatives will narrow the list, and Bush will select two applicants by the end of December.

[Last modified October 28, 2005, 18:42:03]

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