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southport turning notch extension
and upland enhancements project

The project consists of the extension of the Southport Turning Notch to the west to create new cargo berthing area. The first portion of this project included creation of approximately 16 acres of new mangroves on undeveloped Port Everglades property that, after maturing, will be deeded to the State of Florida in exchange for an 8-acre portion of existing conservation easement needed for berth expansion. The second portion of the project includes the marine infrastructure associated with the extension of the Southport Turning Notch by approximately 1,420 feet to the west, with wharf construction, marine and utility infrastructure, and environmental mitigation.

Schedule Start Date End Date
 (Wetlands Enhancement)
 April 2012  December 2013 (Completed)
 (Wetland Enhancement) 
 May 2014  August 2015 (Completed)
 (Berth Construction)
 March 2014  July 2017
 (Berth Construction)
 December 2017  June 2020 (target)

Current Status: The Wetland Enhancement phase of the project achieved substantial completion in July 2015.  One-year monitoring period by the State concluded with the plants having met the “Trending Toward Success” criteria as established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on August 19, 2016.

On November 10, 2015, the Broward County Commission ratified the RFP selection for a construction manager at risk to perform the berth construction phase of the project. It is expected that a construction manager will be under contract by early 2017 in order to participate in the completion of the project design and to assist with the extensive material and debris disposal issues.

The Turning Notch Extension Project design is at 60% completion.

Image of Southport Turning Notch Graphic

Southport Turning Notch Extension Project.

Aerial image of the port's two upland enhancement areas that include more than 70,000 new mangroves and native water plants.

Upland Mangrove Enhancement Project.

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