Crist visits Port Everglades
Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp recently toured Port Everglades with Port Director Phillip C. Allen for a first-hand glimpse of three current construction projects that are being partially funded through $24 million in state grants and support more than 1,800 new construction jobs in Broward County.
The first stop on the tour was Cruise Terminal 18, which Governor Crist later described as “the future home to the largest cruise ships on the planet.” The Cruise Terminal 18 expansion is the largest and most expensive construction project underway at Port Everglades.
The next stop was the site of a new bridge that will expedite truck traffic through the seaport. The new bridge will connect two areas of the port that currently are only accessible through separate entrances with separate security checkpoints. The project, which creates 196 new construction jobs, is estimated to cost $11.3 million of which $5.1 million is being provided through state funding.
The final stop was the site of a new 41 acre marine terminal for containerized cargo. Once completed, the Phase VIIA & VIII terminal yard at the southernmost end of Port Everglades is anticipated to create 15 percent more capacity for containerized cargo at the Port. The project is expected to be complete by early 2010. The total estimated cost is $12.3 million, of which $6.1 million is funded through state matching grants. More than 220 new construction jobs have resulted from this project.
Already one of the three busiest cruise ports worldwide, Port Everglades is also Florida’s leading container port.
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