Captain of the Port receives Maritime Person of the Year award from Propeller Club

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg’s Captain of the Port received Maritime Person of the Year by The International Propeller Club of the Southeast Region at an awards ceremony in Miami, Friday.

Serving as the search and rescue mission coordinator, Capt. Sheryl Dickinson, commanding officer of the sector, successfully led nearly 3,000 search and rescue cases resulting in 630 lives saved, 3,446 mariners in distress assisted, $6 million in property saved and $40 million in property assisted.

As the sector commander, Dickinson is responsible for the execution of all Coast Guard missions across the operationally intense and expansive West Coast of the Florida Peninsula, leading over 2,940 Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary members, and overseeing the operations of five small boat stations, two 110’ patrol boats, four 87’ coastal patrol boats, one aids to navigation 175’ buoy tender, one aids to navigation construction tender, and an aids to navigation team.

In addition to managing day to day operations, she led maritime security operations for a host of events that commanded nation-wide visibility, including three Gasparilla invasion parades, the overall coordinator for maritime security operations for the Republican National Convention. For the RNC, she led all components of maritime security for this designated national special security event, including over 1,000 people and 120 assets from 57 different federal, state and local agencies. Under her leadership, the port community was brought into the planning process, and with careful balancing of security with the movement of commerce, the maritime stakeholders were able to continue to operate while ensuring the safety and security of facilities, vessels and the waterways. Through her efforts and meticulous planning for this highly complex, maritime centric operation, the four million residents and 50,000 delegates and media were protected.

Capt. Sheryl Dickinson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., accepts the award for International Maritime Person of the Year from the International Propeller Club Southeast Region's president, Dennis Manelli, and Committee Chairman Dwayne Keith at an awards ceremony in Miami, April 19, 2013. Serving as the Search and Rescue mission coordinator, Dickinson led the successful prosecution of nearly 3,000 search and rescue cases resulting in 630 lives saved, 3,446 mariners in distress assisted, $6 million in property saved and $40 million in property assisted. (Photo by The International Propeller Club administrator Nancy Simms)

Capt. Sheryl Dickinson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., accepts the award for International Maritime Person of the Year from the International Propeller Club Southeast Region’s president, Dennis Manelli, and Committee Chairman Dwayne Keith at an awards ceremony in Miami, April 19, 2013.(Photo by The International Propeller Club administrator Nancy Simms)

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