Give public input at Aug. 31 Meeting on Port Everglades Plan
Port Everglades officials are seeking public participation in an August 31 meeting regarding future plans for the Broward County seaport.
Designed to provide information and obtain feedback on a 2009 update to Port Everglades’ 2006 20-year Master/Vision Plan, the public meeting is slated for Tuesday, August 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Broward County Main Library auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The public is requested to R.S.V.P. by email to . To request auxiliary communication aids, call or email .
“Numerous elements of the 2006 Master/Vision Plan are being implemented throughout Port Everglades,” said Phillip C. Allen, Port Everglades Port Director. “This update sets the course for further enhancements over the next 5-, 10- and 20-year periods, to benefit the Port’s cruise, cargo and petroleum industry sectors and the people of Broward County.
“Port stakeholders and the general public alike are enthusiastically encouraged to take part in the August 31 meeting, to learn more about – and furnish input on – the Port’s future initiatives, which aim to maintain and advance Port Everglades’ prominence in cruise, cargo and petroleum sectors and role as a major economic engine in Broward County,” Allen continued. “We are committed to expanding and enhancing facilities in a manner that is economical, efficient and environmentally responsible.”
As one of South Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Already one of the three busiest cruise ports worldwide, Port Everglades is also one of Florida’s leading container ports. A world-class cargo handling facility, Port Everglades serves as an ideal point of entry for products shipped to and from Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and the Far East. Port Everglades is the cruise ship capital of the world with more than 3.7 million passengers expected during FY 2011 and more homeported cruise ships than any cruise port worldwide. And, Port Everglades is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels.
The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $109.7 million in Fiscal Year 2009 (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009). The Port does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is almost $14 billion and approximately 143,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port. Port Everglades, located within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Florida, is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. More information about Broward County’s Port Everglades is available at www.porteverglades.net.
The 2006 Master/Vision Plan, prepared by contracted consultants AECOM, may be viewed online at www.portevergladesmasterplan.com.
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