New commissioner for $15bn Port of Tampa

By Freddie Pierce
The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) has sworn in a new port commissioner. Taking the reins of one of Americas best and Floridas biggest ports, which generat...

The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) has sworn in a new port commissioner.

Taking the reins of one of America’s best and Florida’s biggest ports, which generates $15 billion for the local economy every year, is Tampa attorney John B. Grandoff III.

Appointed by by Governor Rick Scott, Grandoff rounds out the seven port commissioners who serve the port authority in staggered terms.  Five are appointed by the governor, while the other two are the mayor of Tampa and one Hillsborough County commissioner.

Grandoff, of Hill Ward Henderson Law Firm, is a shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s land use group. His practice involves zoning, comprehensive planning, developments of regional impact, vested rights, platting, subdivision control and eminent domain. He represents clients before state, regional and local governmental agencies, as well as trial and appellate courts.

Grandoff has served as vice-chairman of the Land Use Section of the American Bar Association, vice chairman of the Land Use Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, chairman of the Tampa Bay Area Research and Development Authority and vice president of Quality Growers, a citrus growers’ cooperative. He is also a member of NAIOP, REIC and ULI.

In service to the community, Grandoff is an active member of the Jesuit High School Foundation, the governing board of Mental Health Care Inc., and the University of Tampa Board of Fellows. John enjoys Florida history, hunting, fishing, gardening and other outdoor activities with his wife and two sons.

Other TPA commissioners are as follows:  Stephen Swindal, chairman; Carl Lindell, vice chairman; Patrick Allman, secretary/treasurer; Larry Shipp, commissioner; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn; and Sandy Murman, Hillsborough County commissioner.

About the Port of Tampa

The Port of Tampa is the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact.  The port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major cruise homeport and shipbuilding and repair center.  For more information, visit


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