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Port Everglades Lands $13 Million for Extra Dock Space

By: Jim Turner | Posted: January 18, 2013 3:55 AM
Port Everglades

Port Everglades | Credit: crowley.com

As ground was ceremonially broken for the new rail project at Port Everglades on Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott made his second funding commitment this week to bulk up one of Florida’s seaports.

The governor directed $13 million for the Southport Turning Notch Extension at Port Everglades, which will provide more dock space, while attending the ground breaking for the 42.5-acre Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, which when completed next year will be the nation’s only combined on-port cargo rail facility.

“This $13 million investment in our port system is one of the reasons why Florida’s economy continues to move in the right direction and creates more jobs and opportunities for Florida families,” Scott stated in a release.

Florida Ports Council President Doug Wheeler said both projects will help the South Florida port capitalize on growing global trade.

“Port Everglades being a leading cargo port means that they must prepare for the increasing size of cargo ships and the increasing volume of freight coming through the port,” Wheeler stated in a release.

The funding follows Scott's call for $38 million in state and local money to be pumped into JaxPort to attract larger cargo ships.

The $53 million rail project was approved in March 2012, with the cost split between the Florida Department of Transportation ($18 million) and the FEC ($35 million, of which $30 million comes through a State Infrastructure Bank loan via the FDOT).

“By leveraging public-private partnerships such as these, all Florida ports will be able to grow, meet market demands and provide good jobs for Floridians,” stated FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad in a release.

Broward County contributed the land, estimated at $20 million.

To accommodate the rail line, the FDOT is building a $40 million overpass that elevates I-595/Eller Drive.

“Upon completion, this new facility enables South Florida to be in a competitive position for additional freight and jobs,” FEC Chief Executive Officer Jim Hertwig stated in a release. “This facility will be able to handle the additional cargo of larger ships that are coming out of Europe today and when the Panama Canal expansion is complete and beyond.”



Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

Comments (1)

LDouglas
7:41AM JAN 18TH 2013
It would be nice if they included room for a ferry service to the Bahamas. Now, if you don't want to fly you have to go to Fort Lauderdale to pick one up and it's a slow tub.

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