Talk of the bay
Port commission jobs: short hours, no salary
By STEVE HUETTEL
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.
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