FHPA Newsletter - February 2017
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Florida Harbor Pilots Association
News & Updates 


Quick Thinking and Expert Shiphandling By Biscayne Bay Pilot Saves Two Lives 

THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT - PortMiami - Captain Mark Poole of the Biscayne Bay Pilots has received a letter of commendation from Disney Cruise Line for averting what could have been a tragedy on Jan. 20.

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Three rescued off Port Everglades after boat capsizes

SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL - February 27, 2017 - Three people were rescued from the water Saturday after their boat capsized off Port Everglades, said the Port Everglades Pilots Association.

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Carnival cruise ship comes within feet of jet skiers 

MSN - March 13, 2017 - Two jet skiers were plucked from the water as the bow of a cruise ship closed in on them Saturday afternoon in Port Canaveral.

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Harbor pilots: masters of our near shore seas

SPACECOAST LIVING MAGAZINE - March 3, 2017 - Sitting at a waterfront restaurant at the Cover at Port Canaveral, sipping a cold beer, watching boats ferry in and out of the port is sport in Brevard. Hundreds of weekend warriors regularly flock here to watch mega ships and oil tankers glide in and out of the protected waters at the port.

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Photos courtesy of SpaceCoast Living Magazine. 

Apply Now for the FHPA Scholarship

Each year, the Florida Harbor Pilots Association offers scholarships to minority cadets who attend one of the seven maritime colleges nationwide, and show enthusiasm and aptitude for a possible career as a state pilot. This year, the deadline to apply is April 30, 2017.
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In Memory of Captain David Maddox

FHPA remembers Captain David Maddox, of Port Saint Joe, who passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017. Captain Maddox should be remembered for living a very fulfilling life. 

Captain Maddox was a third-generation harbor pilot who apprenticed and learned his life's work from his father and grandfather. While in high school he often ran the family pilot boat to place his grandfather on ships sailing into the Bay. In the early stages of World War II, he helped operate the pilot boat to guide ships into safe harbor in the Bay at night before they sailed down the coast and formed convoys to sail across the North Atlantic for Europe. He further developed his skills in the coastwise trade serving with the Merchant Marines and in the U.S. Navy. He piloted ships in and out of St. Joe Bay for 45 years and served many years on the State Board of Pilot Commissioners. He was also cross licensed for the Ports of Panama City and Pensacola. As the harbor pilot, and because there were no search and rescue units, he was often called on by local families to help locate and rescue boaters in the Bay or hikers on the peninsula who were lost or missing at night.

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The FHPA represents the interests of Florida’s nearly 100 professional harbor pilots, advocating on their behalf regarding various state and federal issues that impact the harbor pilots. The FHPA encourages its members to perform their function as pilots in a professional manner and promotes continued cooperation with all governmental authorities in the preservation of life, the environment and property. 
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