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Governor Signs Bills to Benefit Port Everglades and Ports Throughout Florida

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Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak joined Florida Governor Rick Scott as the governor signed transportation bills SB 1998 and HB 599 in to law.

Governor Scott said these bills will provide for Florida ports to become top in the world, creating economic development by encouraging foreign trade.

Both transportation bills contain critical funding for ports and language creating an expedited hearing process for environmental resource permits.

"With 15 deep water ports in the state of Florida, it is tremendously important that the Governor and Lt. Governor chose South Florida to sign this important $150 million infrastructure bill. The ports of South Florida rank as the top two cruise ports in the world, and combined they hold the rank of fifth in the world in cargo and freight. These amazing ports are becoming the place to do business worldwide," said Commissioner LaMarca.

The bill signing ceremony took place yesterday at Port of Miami.

As one of South Florida's leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Already the second busiest cruise port 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 government with operating revenues of approximately $139 million in Fiscal Year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is approximately $15.3 billion. More than 160,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including almost 11,400 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. More information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, is available at porteverglades.net or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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