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