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Port History

Port Everglades AerialOriginally called Bay Mabel Harbor, Port Everglades was dedicated on February 22, 1928 when Lake Mabel was connected to the Atlantic Ocean by cutting through a small barrier to the ocean. A name was needed that acknowledged the area. In 1930, area women's clubs conducted a contest and Port Everglades was the winning entry, chosen to reflect the seaport as "the gateway to the rich agricultural area embraed in the four million acres at the Port's very back door." Trade boomed and the first cruise ships arrived in 1931.

The 2,190 acres of Port Everglades is located within the city limits of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach and Broward County. There are a total of 11 modern cruise terminals boasting more waiting area and air-conditioned baggage space than any port in the world. Plans are already underway for roadway improvements to people movers to a 12th cruise terminal.

Port Everglades is located on the southeastern coast of Florida in Greater Fort Lauderdale, about 23 miles north of Miami, and in the heart of metropolitan South Florida's population of five million. As one of the fastest growing cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades cruise business has doubled in the past 15 years and the port currently projects a growth rate in the next few years 50 percent greater than the industry average.

(excerpt from Port Everglades Cruise Guide, Broward County, Florida)
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