Wednesday, March 25, 2015
History of the Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale
The Port Everglades seaport is located in the Broward County, Florida. It is shared for 3 city halls as well: Hollywood, Dania Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, but it is usually known only as belonging to the last one.
It represents a very important economic movement through international commerce and cruises for vacations. For example, it moves the main containers quantity in all the Florida ports, and many cruises or recreational boats that go to the Florida Keys, Bahamas or another sea point overseas start its trip from here. As you can see, being the gateway for many kinds of commerce, direct and non-direct services, the value of the economic activity is around 15 billion dollars.
Nobody can deny then, its importance. However, beyond its economic impact, the Port Everglades has an interesting history that started at the beginning of the XX century.
Before the Port Everglades, there was a lake named Mabel, which was part of the Canal System in the Florida East Coast. In 1911, it was announced the necessity of a port to ship the farmer’s products to other states. In 1913, it was formed the Fort Lauderdale Harbor Company, which opened the New River to the sea and making possible the access for small boats. In 1924, Joseph W. Young bought land next to the lake and formed the Hollywood Harbor Development Company. In 1927, the Broward County Port Authority was made by the Florida State Legislature.
Bay Mabel Harbor
In 1928, a rock barrier was blow up and the former lake was united with the ocean. Soon later, in 1928 too, clubs of women proposed to change the name, Bay Mabel Harbor (a female name), for another that shows the new spirits of the region leading to the farmer commerce, a competition was arranged, and the port was renamed as Port Everglades till these days.
In 1929, the port was finally finished and got certifications to obtain a railway connection to the Florida East Coast Railway, a very important detail to boost commerce and transport. In the same year, the new port received their first cargo vessel which happened to be foreign, the SS Vogtland.
Due for the World War 2, from 1941 to 1943, the port is used for the US Navy as a military base. In general, in the 40’s there was a constant military presence.
In the 60’s, the port authority name (the Broward County) was changed for the Port Everglades Authority. The original name lasted around 35 years since it was established in 1927.
In 2003, it was commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Port Everglades: customers and users share a well-deserved celebration. In this year, also, the port registered 15 cruise ships hosted in a single day, a world record.
In 2004, the port received the Queen Mary 2, the world’s largest ocean liner, in her first visit to the U.S. coming from the U.K. regarding other big vessels, in 2009 Port Everglades became home of “Oasis of the Seas”, the biggest cruise boat in the world, being able to hold around 5400 passengers. In the next year, 2010, the “Allure of the Seas” choose Port Everglades as home, so nowadays the port holds two of the biggest cruise ships in the world.
In 2010, the port got a world record of 53,365 passing passengers. Next year, 2011, there were more than 53,500 passing passengers. No surprise then that there were 55 cruise ships with regular schedules in the port or 15 different cruise lines available.
As we can see, the Port Everglades economic importance is very huge. Many people for business or pleasure reasons come to Miami by plane and take a cruise at Port Everglades, or vice versa, they arrive in a cruise to Port Everglades and need to take a plane. In any case, a Fort Lauderdale Airport limo service would be the more secure and comfortable way to move between the port and the airport, avoiding the public service or cabs.