Coast Guard, waterways update November 24, 2015
On Nov. 4, a ribbon cutting was held to kick off the dredging of the Intracoastal from the 17th Street Causeway to Sunrise Boulevard and announce which bidder was approved for the $20 million project. The bid went to Cashman Dredging, and the project is scheduled to start in December and take 22 months to complete. It is expected to be finished in time for the boat show in 2017.
This project, which has been years in the making, will have a significant impact on anyone who benefits from the region’s bustling boating and marine industry and help the region maintain its competitive advantage.
Speakers were Jack Seiler, mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Tim Ryan, mayor of Broward County, Bob Swindell, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance president and CEO and Mark Crosley, executive director of the Florida Inland Navigation District. Guests in attendance included representatives from Cashman Dredging, the marine advisory board, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, MIASF’s board and members of the media.
To ensure the marine industry and region remain healthy, we must keep addressing long-term infrastructure needs over the New River. During the boat show, a new span was installed at the CSX/SFRTA bridge, and the parties involved collaborated on a viable solution to ensure the required closure of the river had a minimal impact. We now need to develop a public-private plan for an elevated bridge for the FEC tracks over the river, which will benefit the entire community.
And on Nov. 19, MIASF was honored to support The Coast Guard Foundation at its 22nd Annual Tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. At the dinner, the Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, raised more than $250,000 and recognized the dedication of an air crew from Air Station Miami.
The tribute featured remarks by Rear Admiral Scott Buschman, commander of the Seventh District, and an inspiring keynote speech by Vice Admiral Charles Michel, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.