Brownsville, Texas, May 11, 2011: The Port will be opening its doors to the public on May 13, 2011 and will also be hosting events on May 14, and May 21, 2011. This marks the first time since September 11, 2001 that the Port’s doors will be open to the public. All events will be held at the Port of Brownsville and entry to the events must be through the main gate. Over the past 75 years the Port of Brownsville has remained a major contributor to both the city and the region. The Port’s rich history and roots can be traced back to people such as President Franklin Roosevelt, Vice President John Garner and past Brownsville City Commissioner Commodore Louis Cobolini. While these people played a huge role in the development of a deep water sea-port, none of this would have been possible without the support of the Brownsville community.
The May 13th event will include the participation of various law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs, Border Patrol, Port of Brownsville Police Department, and Texas Parks and Wildlife. The Brownsville Historical Museum and Port tenants will have booths set up to discuss the Port’s rich history and business operations, respectively.
The events will include the following:
o May 13, 2011 - Port celebration in Shed #2 from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Official ceremony will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will culminate with a vessel demonstration in the ship channel.
o May 14, 2011 – Free Bus Tours open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. departing from the Port of Brownsville administrative offices. Contact Vicky Mercado for further information at VMercado@portofbrownsville.com
o May 21, 2011 – Free Boat Tours open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. departing from the Port of Brownsville administrative offices. Contact Donna Eymard for further information at Deymard@portofbrownsville.com
“This is a great opportunity for families to get together and also take a look at how much the Port has changed over the years,” said Eduardo A. Campirano, Port Director & CEO. “As we celebrate our 75th Anniversary at a time when our nation’s economy remains fragile, the Port continues to exhibit some of the resiliency, flexibility and spirit to remain competitive that was present during its early years. Over the past 75, years the Port of Brownsville has remained a major contributor to both the city and the region. The Port generates approximately 38,000 direct and indirect jobs on a local and state level. We have had a sound beginning to our year and anticipate this trend to continue until the end of our fiscal year,” said Campirano.
The Brownsville Navigation District strives to be recognized for excellence in stewardship, earning strong public confidence in sound and responsive operations. By 2015, the Port will have created more quality jobs, attracted more private and public investment, increasing port capacity, protecting the environment, and promoting common good through the strategic development of the Port of Brownsville. It is this very commitment to excellence that will ensure the Port of Brownsville will continue to contribute to the community for years to come.