Broward County’s Port Everglades will receive more than $2.25 million in U.S. port security grants to advance firefighting capabilities and enhance the seaport’s security infrastructure.
The FY 2018 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) awards were announced on Friday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program was funded at $100 million, and more than 36 ports received direct grants.
“We want to thank the DHS and FEMA for recognizing that Port Everglades has unique security needs due to our diverse business model that includes cruise, cargo and petroleum. Each of these business segments has specific security and safety requirements,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak.
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 $162 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is more than $30 billion, in addition to $1 billion-plus generated for state and local taxes annually. More than 230,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including over 13,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. For more information on Port Everglades, visit porteverglades.net or email PortEverglades@broward.org.
DATE: August 28, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy
Assistant Director, Business Development Division/Communications