Creative Volunteers Keep Port Everglades Shipshape by Painting Recycled Oil Drums for Use as Trash Cans Keep Port Everglades Shipshape 2011 Brothers

Volunteer artists tested their creativity to "Keep Port Everglades Shipshape" this weekend by decoratively painting recycled petroleum drums that will be used as trash cans and recycling bins throughout the Port as part of a port-wide beautification program.

This was the second year that Port Everglades organized the "Keep Port Everglades Shipshape" painting event. The event is also a means for Port Everglades to celebrate National Maritime Day, which is a national celebration on May 22 to honor and recognize the maritime industry and its benefits to our country.

"This isn't just a community service project. It is a recycling and cleanup initiative that is good for the environment. So, as Port Everglades is a steward of the environment, it is fitting that we are incorporating this event into our celebration of National Maritime Day," Port Director Phil Allen told the volunteers. "How many of you have eaten a banana recently? How many pairs of sneakers do you own? Do you have a large-screen TV? These items came through Port Everglades to get to you. Nearly every American depends on the maritime industry for the products they use every day, whether the goods are imported from other countries or produced here in the United States."

The completed masterpieces were judged by representatives from the local maritime industry -Glenn Wiltshire, Deputy Port Director of Port Everglades; Dr. Fran Bohnsack, from the Miami office of the U.S. Maritime Administration; Don Carlton, President of Port Consolidated; Ron Perkins, chaplain for the Seafarers' House at Port Everglades; and, Sally Allen, wife of Port Director Phil Allen and former school teacher and nurse. Eleven winners were selected. Top honors went to: Amie Booth and Cory Abby, Elena and Jennifer Romero, Luann Garnett and her sons Evan, 12, and Sean, 9, and Maria Martin.

The event was first held last year when Port Everglades Department employees identified port cleanliness and beautification as areas where they could have an impact and involve the community. A team of employees adopted the theme "Keep Port Everglades Shipshape" and created the oil drum painting event to kick-off a more comprehensive campaign to encourage people not to litter. The event, which was held in cooperation with Volunteer Broward, was so popular with the volunteer painters that it is now an annual event to celebrate National Maritime Day in Broward County.

As one of South Florida's leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Already one of the busiest cruise ports worldwide, Port Everglades is also one of the nation's leading container ports. And, Port Everglades is South Florida's main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $124.7 million in Fiscal Year 2010 (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is almost $14 billion. More than 143,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including more than10,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. For more information logon to www.porteverglades.net