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Master/Vision Plan Update
Port Everglades Continues to Plan for Future Growth with the Adoption of the 2014 Updated Master/Vision Plan

Broward County’s Port Everglades Department is planning for future growth with the update of its 20-year Master/Vision Plan. The Port’s Master/Vision Plan is being updated to help plot a course for expanding and enhancing existing facilities in a manner that is economical and efficient, as well as environmentally responsible.

The existing Master/Vision Plan performed in an iterative process and facilitated by workshops with the Port’s senior staff, resulted in the identification of the following key parameters of Port development: 

  • Ability to berth fully laden Post-Panamax vessels carrying up to 7,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs)
  • More and longer cargo berths with appropriate cranes
  • Rail to Southport and the intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF)
  • Cruise berths able to handle 1,100-foot ships and larger cruise terminals
  • Reconfiguration of Northport slips to enhance efficiency and safety
  • Upland improvements to terminals and intermodal access
  • New berth for a crushed rock/aggregate ship

Through the Public Outreach Program, everyone with a stake in plan development had an opportunity to participate in the planning process. Port Everglades recognizes the impact the Port has, not only on its tenants and users, but also on the surrounding communities. Addressing and resolving issues and concerns throughout the planning process have fostered an effective working relationship and consensus between the various stakeholders’ interests and the recommendations contained in the 2011 adopted plan.

The current Port Everglades Master/Vision Plan was approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in March 2011. The 2014 Port Everglades Master/Vision Plan update will address changes that have taken place regionally, nationally and internationally since the plan was approved. Elements of the Master/Vision Plan currently being implemented are visible throughout the Port.

The Port Everglades Department recognizes that the Master/Vision Plan is a living document and will continue to be updated.

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