County commission approves Port Everglades expansion plan

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Port Everglades, Florida, has received approval on its 20-Year Master/Vision Plan Update from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

The Port Everglades Master/Vision Plan, updated from 2014, is a comprehensive blueprint for five, ten and 20 years of development and capital improvements. It identifies 50 projects of which almost half will be completed or underway in the next five to ten years.

Port Everglades updates its Master/Vision Plan every 2-5 years to consider market trends, new technology, community development and environmental initiatives.

Current initiatives include the Southport Turning Notch Extension, already under construction, will lengthen the current ship turn-around area from 900 feet to 2400 feet to add new cargo berths and crane rail infrastructure. This is the largest construction project in the Port’s history at $471 million.

In addition to three new Super Post-Panamax container cranes currently being manufactured, and due to be delivered and operational by the end of this year, the Port has an option to buy three more of the same cranes.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Harbor Navigation Improvement Project to deepen and widen the channels received Congressional Authorization in December 2016.

In February 2020, the first phase of the project was included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY2020 Work Plan to receive $29.1 million in federal funding to widen the Intracoastal Waterway and reconfigure the U.S. Coast Guard station east of its current location.

CenterPoint Properties is completing a state-of-the-art International Logistics Center on 17 acres of Port land to replace the Port’s outdated foreign-trade zone facility. The two-building complex is expected to be completed by September 2020.

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