PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. -- Paul DeMariano took the helm as director
of the port here, succeeding James O'Brien, who retired in July.
DeMariano's experience includes seven years' prior service as
director of the port, during which time he established a separate
marketing division focusing on the cruise industry and initiated
the building of cruise terminals and the modernization of existing
DeMariano most recently served as a ports segment director for
CH2M Hill, a private firm in Tampa, Fla.
Port Everglades gave up its title as the world's No. 2 cruise
port earlier this year to Port Canaveral, which handled 2.7 million
cruise passengers in the year ending Sept. 30. Port Everglades
expects to handle 2.5 million passengers this year.
Both ports are behind world No. 1 Miami, which will handle about
3.3 million passengers this year.