BROWARD COUNTY, FL – On June 18, 2024, the Broward County Commission confirmed the County Administrator’s appointment of Joseph Morris as Port Director of Broward County’s Port Joseph Morris Everglades Department.

Morris currently serves as the Port Director for the Massachusetts Port Authority where he has worked for four years, originally as Deputy Port Director of Operations. He is expected to begin at Port Everglades on July 15, 2024.

“As one of the leading economic engines in Broward County, it is essential that we continue to have a strong leader at the helm of Port Everglades. Joe was selected after an exhaustive national search that included input from a variety of port stakeholders. Joe is a visionary who brings vast international experience and understands the vital economic role that a seaport plays in a community,” said Broward County Administrator Monica Cepero. “Joe has proven to be an exceptional leader throughout his private sector and public service career in the port industry, with more than 25 years of diverse experience in seaport, transportation, government, and business management.”

At Port Everglades, Morris will oversee the seaport’s vast maritime business that generates more than $26.5 billion in economic activity statewide annually, supports nearly 11,000 local direct jobs and results in more than $925 million in state and local taxes.

“The County and Port Everglades have an unparalleled reputation for cultivating an inclusive economic environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, and I’m looking forward to joining the staff and its community partners in advancing the Port’s position locally, regionally and globally,” said Morris.

At the Massachusetts Port Authority, Morris manages cargo and cruise operations, multiple real estate properties, five public parks, and public access properties. He steers business development efforts, including the first new shipping line to call Boston home in more than seven years, and develops capital investment plans. Morris also oversees 51 staff in the Massport Police department, responsible for port facility security at terminals (cruise, container) as well as in the public domain (parks, and areas of South Boston). Morris has worked with government authorities representing multiple countries including Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Denmark and Great Britain, and led teams responsible for planning vessel, rail, gate and yard operations for the largest container terminal in the United States of America, APM Terminals Los Angeles.

Morris has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. He also holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and successfully completed the MAGNUM and MAGNET accelerated leadership training programs through APM Terminals.

About Port Everglades
As one of Florida’s leading economic generators, Broward County’s Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise homeports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving energy products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida, government with operating revenues of $182.4 million in Fiscal Year 2023 (October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is $26.5 billion. More than 192,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the port, including nearly 11,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. For more information on Port Everglades, visit or email