BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Learn how Broward County’s Port Everglades is investing in coral research and restoration as part of an extensive capital improvement program designed to increase cruise and cargo business while protecting the environment. A free special information presentation and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Identification and BleachWatch certification training course will take place Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 5 to 7:30PM in the Port Everglades Administration Building auditorium, 1850 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale. The program is co-hosted by the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (SFAEP) and Port Everglades.

Port Everglades Environmental Program Manager Erik Neugaard will lead the special information session, which will include updates on the coral-related activities for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Improvements Project; as well as separate work completed by Port Everglades as part of the Port’s Slip 1, Slip 2 and Southport Turning Notch Extension projects.

Immediately following the special information presentation, Neugaard, who is a FDEP BleachWatch instructor, will provide two hours of coral species and stress identification instruction in the classroom. The training is oriented to the general public and will also include information of interest to experienced marine biologists. Opportunities to complete the optional in-water training, not associated with SFAEP or Port Everglades, via snorkeling or scuba diving on a different date will also be identified.

For additional information about the BleachWatch training, visit floridadep.gov/rcp/coral/content/bleachwatch

Please also visit the SFAEP website SFAEP.org and the Friends of Our Florida Reefs website at floridareef.org. Send RSVPs to eneugaard@broward.org. Attendees should be prepared to show a valid government-issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport) at the Port’s security checkpoint.

About Port Everglades
As one of Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Broward County’s Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum 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 almost $168 million in Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is nearly $34 billion. More than 230,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 13,127 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. For more information on Port Everglades, visit porteverglades.net or e-mail PortEverglades@broward.org.

DATE: October 14, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy
Port Everglades Business Development/Communications
PHONE: 954-468-3508
EMAIL: ekennedy@broward.org