Sun Sentinel: Port Everglades to get $1.2 million for next phase of dredging project

There’s more progress on long-touted plans to deepen the channel at Broward County’s seaport to host larger ships, boost business and create jobs.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set aside $1.2 million this budget year to help fund the next phase of the dredging project, Port Everglades chief Steve Cernak announced Tuesday.

Nearly 20 years in the works, Port Everglades just earned approval from the Army Corps to dredge its channel to 48 feet deep to better compete for cargo. The authorization dragged out, largely because of concerns over how to mitigate environmental damage to nearby coral reefs.

On Tuesday, representatives of Congress, Florida’s legislature, county and city governments, businesses and Port Everglades itself gathered for a news conference at the port to celebrate the approval achieved through what some called “a bipartisan, public-private partnership.”

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