Gov. Scott Says He Will Push for More Port Funding

Port Everglades one of three that Scott wants improved

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  |  Updated 6:26 AM EDT
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Broward First Responders Hold Drill at Port Everglades

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United States Coast Guard patrols in the water off of Port Everglades.

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FPL Plant at Port Everglades Demolished

Florida Power & Light Company used dynamite to take down the four 350-foot candy-cane-striped stacks and four 7,500-ton boilers at the Port Everglades plant. FPL spokesman Bill Orlove discussed the demolition, and the company's president, Eric Silagy, spoke about the new natural gas-powered plant that will be built in its place.

Broward First Responders Hold Drill at Port Everglades

First responders from across Broward County joined the Coast Guard in mapping out what would be a rare rescue at Port Everglades in a simulated drill Thursday. Gregory Holness, the district fire chief for the port, and Todd Duke of Resolve Marine Group, Inc. spoke about the exercise.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is going to push for nearly $35 million to make improvements to three ports.
 
Scott on Wednesday is expected to announce his support for the port funding at the American Association of Port Authority's annual convention.

  The governor will include the funding recommendation in the budget proposals he will give to state legislators early next year.
 
Scott wants the money for projects at Port Canaveral, Port Everglades and the Port of Tampa.
 
Since coming into office Scott has been consistently pushed for additional money for the state's ports. This year's state budget has more than $275 million spent directly on seaport projects.
 
State transportation officials contend that the increased spending will help the state prepare for the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2015.

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