Nearly every resident of Broward County gathered for the official dedication ceremony for Port Everglades on February 22, 1928.
first official cruise line
Port Everglades welcomed its first official cruise line and petroleum company in the 1930s.
U.S. Navy base
Port Everglades has a long history of supporting the U.S. military, including serving as a U.S. Navy base during World War II.
boom era
During the boom era of the 1950s, Port Everglades saw incredible growth.
first Queen Elizabeth
Cunard Cruise Line’s first Queen Elizabeth docked at Berth 26-27 in January 1969. During the 1960s, land that would become Southport was purchased.
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Exotic cruise vacations and international trade are what makes Port Everglades an economic powerhouse for Broward County and one of the most diverse seaports in the United States.

Located In the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the City of Hollywood, FL, Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. It is a leading container port in Florida and among the most active cargo ports in the United States. And, Port Everglades is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including, gasoline and jet fuel. A foreign-trade zone and available office space inside the Port's secure area make Port Everglades a highly desirable business center for world trade.

The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government. It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations or capital improvements.

The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is more than $28 billion. And, 224,054 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 13,322 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.

mission statement 

As a premier gateway and powerhouse for international trade, travel and investment, Broward County's Port Everglades leverages its world-class South Florida facilities and innovative leadership to drive the region's economic vitality and provide unparalleled levels of service, safety, environmental stewardship and community engagement.