Congresswomen Frankel and Wasserman Schultz to Discuss Next Steps at July 7 Rollout Event

WHAT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a long-awaited economic and environmental report, called the Chief of Engineers Report, that clears the way for Broward County's Port Everglades to begin the next phase leading to deepening and widening its channels, and allows the project to be included in federal legislation expected in 2016 that will authorize similar water and navigation-related projects. Members of South Florida's Congressional Delegation, including Congresswomen Lois Frankel (FL-22) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), will join local leaders to describe the project and next steps needed to move this project forward.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:30AM

WHERE: Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 18 -- 1901 SE 32th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

WHY: Port Everglades, Florida's leading container port, needs to deepen its channels and widen the entrance channel and some narrow areas along the Intracoastal Waterway to handle newer cargo ships that are already coming to the port light loaded from Europe and South America. Timing for this project is essential as older fleets are being replaced with much larger ships and the Panama Canal is being expanded to accommodate these larger ships. 

The Chief's Report enables the Port to move forward with pre-construction engineering and design. However, there are more steps, especially at the federal level, before construction can begin.

The Port has been working with the US Army Corps of Engineers since 1996 to complete the required economic and environmental studies. At Broward County's recommendation, the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Marine Fisheries Services developed a "blended" environmental mitigation plan that includes traditional and more innovative approaches.

The project is important to economic stability as it is expected to create an estimated 4,700 total construction jobs and nearly 1,500 permanent direct jobs locally from the additional cargo capacity. 

The estimated cost is $374 million, which will be paid with Port Everglades revenue generated through port user fees, federal appropriations and state grants. No local property taxes will be used for this project because Port Everglades is a self-funded enterprise of Broward County. 

DIRECTIONS: From I-595: Enter the Port from eastbound I-595. Clear security at Checkpoint 1. Travel eastbound on Eller Dr. Turn left at Eisenhower Blvd., the first traffic light. Cruise Terminal 18 will be on your right. Follow the signs to the entrance and/or parking.

 From State Road 84: Take SR 84 east and cross over U.S. 1 (Federal Hwy.). Clear security at Checkpoint 2 and onto eastbound Spangler Blvd. Turn right at Eisenhower Blvd., the first traffic light. Cruise Terminal 18 will be on your left. Follow the signs to the entrance and/or parking.

From SE 17th St.: Take SE 17th St. to Eisenhower Blvd. and turn south. Clear security at Checkpoint 3. Follow Eisenhower Blvd. south. Cross over Spangler Blvd. Cruise Terminal 18 will be on your left. Follow the signs to the entrance and/or parking.

PARKING: In front of Cruise Terminal 18 and Parking Lot 19

SECURITY: Be prepared to show government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, at the security checkpoints into the Port. 

DATE: July 1, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Assistant Director , Port Everglades Business Development Division/Communications 
PHONE: 954-468-3508; 954-868-0220 (cell)