Weekly Update from Port Tampa Bay

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A message from Port Tampa Bay to our customers, tenants and community

Port Tampa Bay celebrates successful bird nesting season

Port Tampa Bay recently concluded another successful migratory bird-nesting season. Despite tropical systems and a large red tide bloom, the port’s dredge material management areas and spoil islands experienced a great diversity of nesting shorebird species. The spoil island, called 3D, hosted nearly 4,100 pairs of nesting birds made up of several species of tern (including the Least Tern), American Oystercatchers, Black Skimmers, and others. The port’s spoil island just to the north, 2D, saw 6 pairs of American Oystercatchers, which are a threatened species.

The port’s spoil islands provide protected nesting habitat for rare species to complete their reproductive cycle. Each year, the islands become one of the bay area’s prime nesting sites, hosting thousands of nesting migratory birds. Throughout bird nesting season, Port Tampa Bay and Audubon’s Warden encouraged recreational boaters to be respectful and aware of wildlife because globally significant populations of migratory birds made the port’s spoil islands their summer home in Hillsborough Bay. The official nesting season ran from April 1 through August 31 and represents a cooperative effort between Port Tampa Bay, Audubon Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other local, state, and federal agencies.

The 33rd Annual Tampa Steel Conference returns live and in-person February 14-16, 2022

Port Tampa Bay and Steel Market Update are excited to present the next Tampa Steel Conference as an in-person live event on February 14-16, 2022 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. The Tampa Steel Conference is one of the nation’s largest steel trade events, bringing together the industry’s key stakeholders and leading experts to network and discuss the latest developments and forecasts for this critical sector of our economy.

The 2022 Tampa Steel Conference will be bigger and better than ever with an expanded agenda, including an in-depth look at the steel industry and a top-level line-up of speakers addressing economic, trade, policy and market intelligence issues, with panels, workshops and keynote speakers. Steel Market Update President, CEO and founder John Packard will return as the moderator and master of ceremonies for the event. Among the keynote speakers will be Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the largest flat-rolled steel company in North America.

For more information, including registration, please visit: www.tampasteelconference.com

Port Tampa Bay in the news

Port Tampa Bay was featured in a variety of positive news articles throughout the past week. Read the coverage of our port below:

Port Tampa Bay’s Golf Tournament raises record amount for charity

Port Tampa Bay congratulates our engineering department for putting on an incredibly successful golf tournament. This year’s tournament, held at The Eagles golf course, had a great turnout of 62 teams of 252 golfers. The annual event netted an incredible $84,000 for our charities: the Tampa Port Ministries / Tampa Seafarers Center and the Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation! Congratulations again to all of the golfers who participated.

Port Tampa Bay charitable events taking place in Fall


Port Tampa Bay will host two additional charitable events in the coming months to benefit Tampa Port Ministries, and the Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation. Learn more about each below:

  • Port Tampa Bay’s Annual Fishing Tournament Returns in November. Port Tampa Bay’s 5th annual fishing tournament, Port Tampa BaySlam, is one day, 5-species, catch and release style fighting tournament scheduled for November 5th, 2021.

           For sponsorships and registration, information please visit our Tournament Registration Website.

  • The 2021 Port Tampa Bay Anchor Ball will take place on December 11, 2021, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Port Tampa Bay and the Propeller Club – Port of Tampa are excited to support this fun and amazing event once again. In addition to food, drinks and dancing, there will be a variety of silent and live auction items available for bid.

            To register, make a donation, or learn more about this year’s Anchor Ball visit: anchorball.org

Both events benefit the following causes:

- Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation Inc.- providing scholarships to students in need seeking to further their study in Maritime Sciences and maritime-related careers.
- Seafarer’s Center- providing a home-away-from-home and a non-denominational, spiritual activity center for traveling mariners to Port Tampa Bay.