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Port Security Checkpoint Demolition Scheduled
  
- The project begins December 7th -
  
DATE: December 4, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Assistant Director
Port Everglades Business Development Division

PHONE: 954-468-3508; 954-486-0220 (cell)
EMAIL: ekennedy@broward.org

BROWARD COUNTY, FL -  Visitors to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center will enjoy easier access to the Center and the parking garage once demolition of the old checkpoint entering Port Everglades is completed, sometime later this month.

In the past, all visitors entering Eisenhower Boulevard from the 17th Street Causeway - which is also an entrance to Broward's Port Everglades - had to clear a security checkpoint, showing a driver's license or passport, before turning into the center and its attached garage, which also provides access to Cruise Terminal 2. The new checkpoint was built south of 20th Street, and south of the Convention Center, eliminating the need to clear security. Cruise passengers will clear security once they enter the Terminal 2.

The relocation of the new security checkpoint and demolition of the old checkpoint are among the many projects that make up the Seaport and Convention Center Security Improvement Project, which separates the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from the Port's controlled access area to allow for improved traffic flow in and out of the Convention Center. Once complete, the new entrance will consist of two outbound and two inbound lanes on Eisenhower Boulevard, with a designated left turn lane into the parking garage.

The demolition of the old security checkpoint will be conducted in phases. The first phase is scheduled to begin Monday morning, December 7th. Traffic will be reduced to one inbound lane. For more information, visit porteverglades.net.

About Port Everglades
As one of South Florida's leading economic powerhouses, Broward County's Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation's leading container ports and South Florida's main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government with operating revenues of approximately $153 million in Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015).  It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is more than $28 billion. More than 224,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 13,322 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.  For more information on Port Everglades, go to porteverglades.net  or e-mail PortEverglades@broward.org.