Port Everglades proposes port people mover

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is proposing construction of a people mover to transport cruise vacationers directly from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport to Port Everglades as part of a 20-year master plan for the 2,190-acre seaport.

"The new breed of megaship being designed for cruise and shipping lines is requiring us to become more creative with the way we plan for the future," said Phillip Allen, interim port director.

"The ships are getting larger, carrying more passengers who require convenient air/sea transfer and swift processing by U.S. Customs," he said.

Passenger totals at Port Everglades, one of the world's busiest cruise ports, grew by 14.4% from 2.4 million in 1999 to 2.7 million in 2000.

Port officials estimate the number of passengers will climb to 3.6 million in 2002.

Allen said cruise revenues at the port increased 7% to $16.8 million in 2000, which he attributed to "industry [trends] of building larger ships" and "the port's effort to attract cruise operators."

Port Everglades already is preparing to dedicate two new cruise passenger terminals equipped to service contemporary megaships.


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