Port Everglades Deepening and Widening Project

Background

The Port Everglades project will widen and deepen the navigational channels and turning basin at the Port. It is both a safety issue as large modern ships require more room to maneuver, and an economic issue as the port is the nation’s leading gateway for trade with Latin America. 

The total project cost is estimated to be $429M with an estimated federal share of $285M.

The project was authorized in the 2016 WRDA bill and received sufficient funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) work plan in FY 2017 for preconstruction, engineering, and design work. The project received a “new start” designation in the FY20 USACE Work Plan. $29.1M was also provided in the FY20 Work Plan for the federal share of the United States Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale reconfiguration.

A Project Partnership Agreement between the USACE and Broward County which moves the project into the construction phase was executed on December 14, 2020.

Current Status

Environmental review work for the project is ongoing. National Marine Fisheries Service, the Florida Department  of Environmental Protection and the USACE are currently developing a final mitigation plan. The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was released for public comment on December 18, 2020. The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is to be published in the Federal Register October 2021.

The Record of Decision is to be signed January 2022. The USCG reconfiguration contract is to be awarded March 2022. Coral relocation and monitoring contract is to be awarded June 2023.

FY 2022 Request

Support Broward County’s Port Everglades request for $32 million in USACE Construction funding from the FY 2022 Energy & Water Appropriations bill to initiate coral relocation and monitoring efforts prior to the deepening and widening portion of the project. The $32M is included in the total federal share of $285M. For FY 22, the House Appropriations Committee has introduced a different request type: Community Project Funding (CPF). A CPF request is a request for federal funding that is directed to a specific governmental entity. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has included this specific request in her CPF list.

About Broward’s 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 $145.6 million in Fiscal Year 2020 (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020).  It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is nearly $32 billion. More than 219,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 13,037 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.