Dredging Project Boosts Dania Canal Boatyards May 9, 2014
The boat yards along the Dania Canal on the south side of Port Everglades in Dania Beach are benefitting from the recent dredging to 17-feet which improves the unrestricted access to their facilities and opens service to even larger vessels. Members of the Dania Canal Group along 7th Avenue recently gathered to identify ways to leverage the improvement and gain additional enhancements for customers, crew and businesses in the active boatyard neighborhood. Support for the effort is coming from the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, Fort Lauderdale and the City of Dania Beach.
Those meeting with the city included representatives from Broward Shipyard, Derecktor Shipyard, Dania Cut Superyacht Repair, Marine Max, and Powell Brothers/Playboy Marine who employ close to 200 workers and who subcontract with another roughly 100 marine related businesses in the region. The businesses asked the city to consider helping them make improvements in the area to street lighting, drainage, traffic flow, signage and landscaping. These enhancements, along with the dredging benefits, are expected to spur additional business for the yards as well as improve working and safety conditions in the area for employees and visitors.
A news item in DredgingToday.com said the deepening project will provide safer and increased access by vessels to the boatyards on the canal. The Florida Inland Navigation District, sponsor of the dredging project, performed an economic analysis that indicates that this project may result in an economic output increase of between $3.6 and $9.2 million per year and 24 to 38 new jobs at these facilities. Additionally, a commercial shipping company on the canal will be able to load and transport more cargo to the Bahamas.