BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Established as a deep-water harbor in 1927 by the Florida State Legislature and dedicated in 1928, Port Everglades is now one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, one of the top 10 U.S. container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including, gasoline and jet fuel.
More than 90 years ago, Broward County’s founders had the vision and foresight to recognize that the Port’s greatest strength would be the economic opportunity that it provides to our community. Today, nearly 13,000 residents are directly employed by Port-related businesses, earning $502.7 million in wages and generating $1.1 billion in state and local taxes. Total economic activity is nearly $30 billion. Even better, Port Everglades is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund that does not use local tax dollars.
Originally known as Lake Mabel or Bay Mabel Harbor (part of which now is also called Hollywood Harbor), was officially dedicated on February 22, 1928 when 85 percent of Broward County's residents, about 25,000 people, gathered at the water’s edge as President Calvin Coolidge pushed a button from the White House to supposedly detonate explosives that would remove the rock barrier separating the harbor from the ocean. Nothing happened, but the barrier was removed shortly thereafter.
The first official commercial vessel to dock at the new harbor was the Graypoint on November 23, 1928.
Today, more than 4,000 ships call at the Port annually carrying 25 million tons of waterborne cargo including 3.86 million cruise passengers, nearly 5 billion gallons of petroleum and more than 1 million TEUs of containerized cargo (TEUs stands for 20-foot equivalent units and it the cargo industry’s standard container measurement).
Port Everglades has come a long way since its humble beginnings, and there is much more opportunity ahead. Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to learn about our 20-Year Vision/Master Plan and how we are growing to keep Broward County in the forefront of global trade and travel.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Assistant Director