The LaMarca Letter

 May 2018

Dear Broward County Residents,
I am honored to serve as your County Commissioner representing our coastal communities from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale and all of the amazing cities, towns and villages in between. Here are some recent highlights from around Broward County:

Broward County’s Economic Engines

Broward County is home to more than 1.9 million residents and two powerful economic engines that fuel Broward’s economy: Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. These two major entities have a tremendous economic impact on our community. Combined, these powerful operations provide for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and create thousands of good jobs for people in our community. The seaport and airport have also enhanced Broward County’s global image as a great tourist destination.

Port Everglades

Broward County’s Port Everglades (PEV) is one of the world’s best kept secrets. PEV is Florida’s largest container port and the third largest cruise port in the world. The Port handles a uniquely diverse business mix – cruise, containerized cargo, dry and bulk cargo, as well as petroleum for twelve counties and three international airports. It is rare to have such diversity in one seaport. PEV is the #1 seaport in Florida by revenue, #1 container port in Florida (#10 in U.S.) by volume – with more than 1,037,226 TEUs, and the #1 seaport for exports in Florida – with $11.7 billion exports, $10.4 billion imports (Calendar Year 2016). Additionally, Broward’s seaport is the #3 cruise port in the world for passengers for multi-day cruises – with 3.8 million total passengers.

Port Everglades’ main economic impact to our community is from its self-supporting revenues combined with state and local grants to pay for capital improvements, meaning no local property tax dollars are used for Port construction or operations. The Port generates $29.4 billion in total economic activity, pays $1.1 billion in state and local taxes, supports 12,963 direct local jobs receiving $507.7 million in direct wage and salary income, and produces 222,914 Florida jobs generating $8.8 billion in wages.

Cruise News

Silversea Cruises welcomes its newest ship in the fleet, the 596-passenger Silver Muse. She is scheduled for five 2018 sailings in addition to her sister ships Silver Whisper and Silver Wind also sailing from Port Everglades. Crystal Cruises has two ships sailing from Port Everglades — Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity – which began October 2017. Princess Cruises began year-round sailings in April with the Caribbean Princess, equipped with the new Ocean Medallion wearable technology service. Celebrity Cruises’ new 2,918-passenger Celebrity Edge, the ship designed to leave the future behind, will sail from Port Everglades beginning December 16th. The Edge is the first ship in Celebrity Cruises' new class of ships in nearly a decade. Royal Caribbean maintains service out of Terminal 18, which is the home of the two largest cruise ships in the world, Oasis Class Ships: Alure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas.

Fort Lauderdale’s International Airport

Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is currently the fastest growing large hub airport in the United States. Total passenger traffic for 2017 was about 33 million up by 11.3 percent, international traffic was up 18.06 percent and domestic traffic was up 9.4 percent. FLL is the 12th busiest large hub airport for international traffic. This year has started off to a great start, with total passenger traffic for the 1st quarter of 2018 at 9,383,778, up 9.6 percent over the 1st quarter of last year.

Additionally, commercial aircraft operations for March 2018 were 27,862, up 6.7 percent over last year. This is an increase of 57 take offs and landings a day. FLL ranks 2nd among large hub airports for growth in scheduled available seats for the 2nd quarter of 2018, up 9.1 percent over the 2nd quarter last year. Based on scheduled seats and historic load factors, we estimate total passenger traffic for the 2nd quarter 2018 to reach 9M passengers. Total passenger traffic could reach 18M by the end of June!

With the tremendous economic impacts from PEV and FLL in our diverse community, it is important to continue to advocate for the future of Broward’s economic engines. Both the seaport and the airport have implemented massive master plans that will assist them in preparing for the future growth of cargo and the tourism industry in Broward County.

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As always, it is my honor and privilege to serve you.

Best regards,


Contact Us:
Main Office
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave.,
Room 410
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Chip LaMarca


Mabel Hurtado

Administrative Coordinator:
Mary Pryde

Broward County Commission Meetings
The Broward County Commission meets generally on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. (Commission Meeting Schedule and Agenda are listed here: Residents can view live coverage of the Commission meetings on Comcast Cable channels 12 and 77; Advanced Communications channels 64 and 25; AT&T U-verse channel 99, and through the County's website at The County Commission meetings are rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m. each Friday following a Tuesday Commission meeting.

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