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Port Everglades supports environmental programs that protect our wetlands, plants and animals. The Port serves as an important natural ecosystem for a variety of aquatic plants, such beachas: 

  • red, white and black mangroves
  • marine mollusks
  • crustaceans
  • fish
  • resident
  • migrating birds
  • West Indian manatee

We strive to be at the forefront of merging natural and manmade environments, such as wetland creations, to accommodate manatee migration. Port Everglades reduces light emissions during sea turtle nesting season and is experimenting with safe lighting alternatives. We know our eco-system is essential and have made important contributions to environmental awareness, protection and conservation. 

  • Manatee Protection - For decades, gentle, herbivorous manatees have made their winter homes in Florida Power & Light's warm discharge canal inside the Port. The Port participates in a variety of manatee protection programs to safeguard Florida's favorite defenseless marine mammal.Sea Turtle
  • Oil Spill Prevention & Recovery - In conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, the petroleum industry and a variety of emergency response contractors, the Port has developed a comprehensive, ongoing spill prevention and oil recovery program.
  • Artificial Reef Program - One of South Florida's artificial reefs is named after Port Everglades on behalf of the Port's continuous cooperation.
  • Support of the Wildlife Care Center - Port Everglades provides two acres of land to assist rescue efforts, rehabilitate and release wildlife back into nature.
  • Environmental Education Facility - The Port built an 1,100 sq.-ft. facility and a 700-ft. boardwalk at John U. Lloyd State Recreational Area that isused for educational purposes. 
  • Regulatory Compliance and Public Awareness - The Port employs a full-time Environmental Coordinator to ensure compliance with all environmental regulations and requirements. In addition, the Port supports public awareness efforts and outreach by publishing regular updates on environmental issues and by presenting expert speakers to various community groups.
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