About Us

About the Tampa Bay Mariners Club, Inc.

The Tampa Bay Mariners Club, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 as a Florida Not For Profit Corporation, therefore, its purposes are not for pecuniary profit. Also effective in 2007, it was approved as educational, cultural, charitable and/or professional within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. 


Objectives of the Club

Friendly association between its members

To maintain a high standard of ethical and sound business practices among its members

The continuing education of members and other interested persons which will tend to improve the Maritime Industry

To maintain business relationships in accordance with equitable and lawful business practices

The making of distributions to tax-exempt organizations

Programs of the Tampa Bay Mariners Club, Inc.

We conduct regular monthly luncheon meetings, featuring guest speakers who are knowledgeable in subjects of interest to our members.

An annual meeting is conducted in December of each year.

We also conduct an annual educational seminar, including a golf tournament, and charitable fundraiser for “Make a Difference Fishing Tournament, Inc.”, a 501(c)(3) organization. The seminar is for the benefit of our members and for all others who are interested in improving the Maritime Industry. Speakers have included representatives from marine insurance, admiralty law, marine construction, shipping, marine surveying, marine salvage, and many other segments of the Maritime Industry.

In 2013, in partnership with the Hillsborough Education Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization), we started and funded the “Tampa Bay Mariners Club, Inc. Endowment Fund”, and we have made annual contributions since then.  The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to provide support for 501(c)(3) entities, which, via education, tend to improve the maritime industry.  Donations directly to the Endowment Fund are charitable contributions within the definition of Section 501(c)(3).  If you would like to participate in this effort, please let us know.

We also support the community by donating to local non-profit maritime groups. In 2019, donations were made to the following:

American Victory Ship, Inc. – preserving and interpreting maritime culture, folkways and the legacy of the Maritime Industry;

AMIKids (Associated Marine Institute – KIDS and Pinellas Marine Institute, Inc.) – helping to change the lives of at-risk teenagers;

Eckerd College Search and Rescue – student volunteer maritime search and rescue team providing emergency assistance free of charge;

North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA);

Make a Difference Fishing Tournament – helping disabled children experience the joy and camaraderie of fishing, while involving them in marine education and recreation; and

Tampa Bay Watch – protection and restoration of the marine wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs;

Port Ministries – Tampa.

Qualifications for Membership.

Membership is open to all individuals who are employed in, or who have retired from, the Maritime Industry and any or all allied fields. Application for membership and admission to the organization must be sponsored by two active members in-good-standing, and will be submitted to the Skipper and membership committee for consideration. If approved for membership, the applicant shall become a Member of the organization, upon payment of an initiation fee and dues for the then-current year.

Samuel Higginbottom, Esq.

Samuel Higginbottom, Esq.


(813) 825-1267




First Mate


Sharon Nash

Sharon Nash


(727) 578-28000


Jennifer E. Seipel

Jennifer E. Seipel


(813) 223-1900




Program Director


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