Deutch Commends Port Everglades' "New Start" Designation for Expansion
On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in its FY2020 work plan that Broward County's Port Everglades would receive a construction "New Start" designation. This designation is the first step in the Army Corps' Port Everglades Navigation Improvements Project (PENIP) to deepen and widen the port's channels. The announcement included $29.1 million in funding to build a new U.S. Coast Guard station.
"This is a major achievement in the port's long quest to prepare it for the next generation of cruise and cargo ships," Congressman Deutch said. "This is great news, not only for the port and all who have worked hard to achieve this designation, but for all of South Florida which stands to benefit from the boon to the local economy, investments in our community, and job creation. It represents a significant accomplishment following a years-long effort by many local leaders to ensure Port Everglades can continue to be a global leader in trade and commerce.
"This welcome news comes after many years of hard work by so many people. The bipartisan South Florida Congressional delegation has worked together for years to encourage this designation, including my colleagues Representatives Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson, and Mario Diaz-Balart, former Senator Bill Nelson, and Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. Different organizations and associations all contributed to this win, including the Port Everglades Action Team, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the broader Broward County business community, the Port Everglades Association representing a cross-section of businesses, labor unions, and community leaders, and the Acting Chief Executive and Port Director Glenn Wiltshire. There are also those leaders who are no longer with us but whose commitment to the port must continue to be recognized, including Terry Stiles and the late Port Director Steve Cernak."
According to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, "The New Start designation funds $29.1 million to build a new facility for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station Fort Lauderdale further east so the Intracoastal Waterway can be widened by 250 feet at a chokepoint where large Neo-Panamax cargo ships currently have operating restrictions that affect their ability to transit past docked cruise ships. The Coast Guard Station reconfiguration is the first phase of the larger USACE Port Everglades Navigation Improvements Project (PENIP) to deepen and widen the Port’s navigational channels. The next step is for the USACE to enter into a Project Partnership Agreement with the Port for the overall project which includes the USCG reconfiguration. The Coast Guard station reconfiguration is estimated to be completed by November 2023 at a total cost of approximately $39 million, with the balance paid through port revenue and state grant funds."