The Marine Industry Master Plan was prepared by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) to present a comprehensive and coordinated action agenda for retaining and expanding the marine industry in Broward County. This Master Plan is an extension of a strategic planning process conducted by the MIASF in which the major issues confronting the industry were identified along with an initial strategy to address those issues. This Marine Master Plan is part of that strategy. The plan contains goals, objectives, and actions that respond to several key issues: scarcity of waterfront sites for marine facility expansion, displacement of existing facilities, intergovernmental coordination and industry/governmental cooperation, workforce education and training, and industry image. The purpose of the Plan is to help ensure that the industry remains vital and responsive to current and future demands.
The study area for this plan is the waterfront area of the thirteen coastal municipalities with navigable waterways in Broward County. These include the municipalities of Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lighthouse Point, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, and Wilton Manors.
The coastal communities of Broward County, and particularly the waterfront areas of Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach, are at the center of a multi-county area, stretching from Miami-Dade to St. Lucie counties, that features an unequaled concentration of boating activity and facilities. The waterfront cities of Broward County have been the heart of this industry; the qualities of its facilities and craftsmen have achieved a global reputation.
Urban Harbors Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston and FAU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems, "Marine Industries Association of South Florida Master Plan" (2001). Urban Harbors Institute Publications. 33.