The updated Master/Vision Plan was prepared with the assistance of contracted consultants AECOM USA, Inc. It considers changes that have occurred regionally, nationally and internationally since 2007. Significant strategic changes from the 2006 plan included in the Master/Vision Plan include:
- Adding a new 16.5-acre on-port Upland Enhancement area related to the release of a portion of the existing 8-acre Conservation Easement that will allow the Port to create four new cargo berths in the Southport Turning Notch
- Changing from a two-phase to a single-phase approach to the Southport Turning Notch expansion and decoupling from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Deepening and Widening program
- Refining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deepening and Widening program to reflect changes since 2007, which will allow the Port to deepen its channels to 50 feet from the current depth of 42 feet
- Inclusion of a passenger ferry operations with proposed destinations such as Cuba
- Modifying vessel and crane positioning in Southport due to Federal Aviation Administration object height to restrictions resulting from the close proximity of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
- Revised Phasing of bulkhead projects to reduce costs
- Advancing the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility into the 5-year Master Plan and deferring the Crushed Rock facility to the 10-year Vision Plan
As no plan is complete without participation and contribution from the stakeholders and the public it intends to serve, the Public Outreach program for the update was developed to encourage input into the planning process from everyone interested in the Port's growth and expansion.
Numerous stakeholder meetings were held to prepare the update to the Master/Vision Plan. AECOM USA, Inc. and Port Everglades staff engaged the public as well as Port stakeholders by conducting a series of tenant, environmental stakeholders, agency meeting, stakeholder workshops, and several charrettes with the Port's business lines. A public meeting was held on August 31, 2010 to inform the public about the intended goals, planning process, and progress of Plan development, and receive input from the public. In addition, the Port Director organized "Focus Group" meetings with a representative from each of the Port's business sectors. The participants were asked to advise the Port Director on the progress and provide direction to the plan development during the past two-years. Port Everglades recognizes the impact the Port has, not only on its tenants and user, 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 updated Master/Vision Plan.
The Port Everglades Department recognizes that the Master/Vision Plan is a living document and will continue to be updated.
To view Master/Vision Plan Presentations, reports, and Workshops with the Broward County Board of County Commissioners click on the left column.
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