• Port Everglades Association

    Florida's Premier Port Business organization promoting the growth of Port Everglades Since 1979

    PEA serves as a bridge between public and private interests to facilitate the Port's achievement of its rightful place as a leader in the ranks of America's port ocean commerce.

  • Friday September 6, 2019
    Tropical Acres Steakhouse
    2500 Griffin Road Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
    Self park
    Board of Directors Meeting



    Reception Sponsors:



    North Gate: Expanding Tourism

    Featured Speaker  


    Alan J. Cohen

    Assistant County Administrator

    Convention center expansion report

    A progress report on the expansion of the convention center and addition of new hotel facilities just outside the north gate of Port Everglades is on tap for Friday, Sept. 6.

    Broward County Assistant County Administrator Alan J. Cohen is slated to talk about the newly launched $1.075 billion undertaking and the dynamic impact the bigger Broward County Convention Center (expanded to 1.2 million square feet) and new 800-room Omni Hotel will have in further boosting tourism while interacting with Port Everglades? cruise business.

    The convention center expansion and new headquarters hotel with public spaces and waterfront amenities are expected to bolster the local economy by more than $100 million a year, by attracting more convention and trade show business, increasing overall tourism and creating over 1000 new post-construction jobs in Broward County.



    Fort Lauderdale, FL June 20, 2019

    Spearheaded by PEA President Rich Vogel, with Vecenergy, Broward County’s homeless can look forward to being able to use a slew of furniture and other goods in their very near future.


    Thanks to the generosity of Pier 66 hotel, bureaus, desks, chairs, lamps, bed sheeting and other goods were donated to several agencies dedicated to providing housing and shelter to the homeless living in Broward County.


    There was one big need, however. Much of the furniture and goods needed to be stored in safe keeping for a period of months. That’s where Port Everglades Association came in.


    Vogel tapped fellow PEA board member Kris Hopkins with Seafarers International Union and PEA Vice President Patrick Collins with Crowley. Vogel’s company, which includes South Florida Petroleum and Ranger Construction, and the Seafarers International Union combined to bring together more than 35 volunteer workers to load the furniture. Crowley provided two giant shipping containers -- both filled to capacity, and also will provide space in their secure yard to hold the containers until such time as Broward’s facility is ready to take custody and put them to good use.


    Peg Buchan was on site to represent the Port Director’s office. Volunteers were thanked for their hard work and were treated to special Port Everglades caps.


    “This was a total team effort,” said Vogel. “Our companies and the Port Everglades Association feel very strongly about helping and giving back to our great community. We are glad we could provide help the truly needy people here in Broward County.”


    PEA Board member Anitra Lanzci was one of the volunteers toiling through heat and humidity for the three-hour effort. “It was an inspiration to see such a large-scale, unified group demonstrate their commitment,” she said.


    “We’re the lucky ones,” said Seafarers International Union’s Kris Hopkins. “We have jobs to go to. We have families. We have homes. But we know many, many people living in our County do not. That’s what we are all about—helping those who are not as fortunate.”


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  • Port Everglades Association 2019 Calendar

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