Justin McBride, the coastal project manager for the Lee County Division of Natural Resources Marine Programs, was recently awarded the Sea Tow's Golden Life Jacket Award for his exceptional accomplishment in the marine industry during the Lee County Marine Law Enforcement Task Force meeting.
The Golden Life Jacket Award has been developed in celebration of SeaTow's 30th Anniversary in 2013 and will continue for years beyond. The award is given to local heroes in communities across the nation that work, or spend their free time, in the marine/boating industry and provide either guidance to youth, work tirelessly for boating safety or who have made a difference in their boating community. SeaTow franchisees have the opportunity to recognize and shine a light on these community members, while at the same time garner the press associated with boating safety and marine activities in their community.
Sea Tow Fort Myers presented the award to McBride for his years of service to the boating industry of Lee County. The award read as follow: "Justin McBride - On behalf of Sea Tow International and SeaTow Fort Myers, please accept our Golden Life Jacket Award for your exceptional accomplishments in the Lee County Marine Industry programs over the past several years. As the Coastal Project Manager for the Lee County Division of Natural Resources Marine Programs you have excelled in energetically getting the maritime community working together to address local issues and establishing new initiatives. Justin's projects included but not limit too: Lee County Marine Law Enforcement task Force, National Safe Boating Week, Marina Days, Boat Shows, promotion of the Go Boating Lee County Video, bolstering of wearing of life jackets, Lee County Boater's Guide, Marine Emergency Response Teams exercises, Reef Development projects, partnered with commercial assistant companies, and more importantly supporting the marine industry organization throughout Lee County."
Presenting the award to Justin McBride, center, are Heather O'Brien, Sea Tow office manager, left, and Sea Tow Capt. Pete Louzao.
Sea Tow reported McBride focused his attention on building relationship with boating safety partners and addressing local boating issues such as derelict vessel removal, Reef establishment and maintenance, and volunteering his time at the boat show booths. McBride helped several of the boating industry partners in receiving national awards from notable national organization such as the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Mother's Against Drunk Driving. In sedition he has lent a helping hand in several organizations be awarded grant monies to accomplish their goals.
"The service Justin has provided exceeded all expectation and guarantee a continuing successful relationship with boating industry partners operating in Lee County," Sea Tow said in announcing the award.