The U.S. Coast Guard has kicked-off an initiative to keep navigational channels clear for commercial traffic such as cargo, petroleum and cruise ships. Operation Clear Channel was prompted by the increase in incidents where recreational boats blocked or hindered the safe passage of large ships in and out of Port Everglades, along with other major South Florida seaports.
Boaters on vessels less than 65 feet or sailing vessels are reminded that it is their responsibility to clear the passage for vessels that can only navigate within a narrow channel, according to Navigation Rule #9. Boaters violating this rule could be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or seizure of the violator’s vessel.
To learn more about Operation Clear Channel, CLICK HERE.
Port Everglades has an obligation not only to meet the needs of its maritime customers and visitors, but also to give back to the local community.
Port Everglades is one of South Florida's strongest economic engines. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is approximately $28 billion annually. More than 224,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 13,322 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.
The Port makes protecting the environment a priority and takes a proactive approach to protect the environment through various best practice programs. To promote environmental awareness, Port Everglades built an Environmental Education Facility at the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park complete with audio-video capabilities and supervised by park personnel. This 1,100-square-foot facility features a 700-ft. boardwalk to observe marine wildlife in the area as well as meeting space for various environmental groups and where a variety of classes and lectures are held throughout the year for school groups and interested members of the community.
Port Everglades also strives to be an active member of the local community and provides numerous outreach opportunities. The Port holds a number of special events throughout the year such as Fleet Week, welcoming sailors from a variety of Naval vessels, and offers group tours of Port facilities. In addition, the Port's administrators are available to address business groups and community organizations through the Port's Speakers Bureau.
For more information about what Port Everglades is doing to reach out to the community, call 954-468-3527 and ask for Corporate & Community Relations.