tv History of Port Everglades CSPAN May 17, 2015 2:38pm-2:49pm EDT
when philemon bryan came in he came in with a teenage son. then a banker arrived, 16 years old, tom bryan. he liked to work in jacksonville, then he went to college. that was unusual for that day. tom had an older brother in school when he and his father were first here. timothy tom and his brother were : the ones that put together the area afterwards. they started the newspaper, the bank, they started all kinds of things in the area. one son was the thinker, one that was the doer. they had a lot of fun doing things because there was no real -- nobody here to stop them from growth. stop them from doing things. they were excited about doing stuff. imagine putting in a telephone. nobody had heard of a telephone in this area. particularly the indians in the
area, they didn't know about telephones. it was interesting to see things happen. this was the turn of the century, 1907, they built mr. bryan's home, and they built mr. ed king's home. 1911, that is when the phone system was built. there was a lot of growth and things happening fast. keith: and within a few months a board of trade was established here. reid bryan tom's brother, was the president of that. within another month, they had town meetings where they all agreed that they would incorporate officers. incorporate and elect officers. within another couple of months, that had happened. by the middle of 1911, fort lauderdale was officially incorporated as a town. timothy in order to have the
: city we have today, it is fort lauderdale it is important , to recognize the pioneers that started this area. all of those men, when we look at philemon bryan and we look at henry flagler there were things happening here. people want to preserve that history. keith: what i feel, that was the start of things creating fort lauderdale. and it set a precedent here that i believe still impacts the city. that is a very responsible local government. also, the local government is very focused on business. all of these people were businessmen, and they were setting up a circumstance that would help their businesses. >> all weekend long, american history tv is featuring fort lauderdale, florida.
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it is a large county, but it is continuing to be a glowing county. it provides jobs for the local citizens, but more importantly it provides the commodities that they are looking for when they go to the grocery store shelf. back in the late 1800's, actually, the first idea of having a port huron south florida to move mostly the fruits and vegetables that were being grown and in south florida, to move them to market and the rest of the united states as well as into the caribbean. back in, you know, 1893, there was a fort lauderdale trading post, which was on the river which was just north of port everglades and that is the boehner commerce for moving goods in and out of what was then the everglades, and that led to naval.
in 1913, a cut was put into the beach to allow small boats to go in and out of the lakes into the ocean. that was the prelude to the major projects, which started an authorization by the state legislature in 1927 to proceed with a port here, what is now port everglades. in february 1928, president coolidge pressed the button up in the white house and a destination eventually occurred to open the trap to turn into a navigable channel. acres were purchased to be the start of the port. as of today, the port is 22 hundred acres, so it has grown a little but over the years, but not that much. the first cruise ship was here in 1931, and since then we have grown to the second largest
cruise port in the world. we will see up to 800 port calls by cruise ships. this year, we have 40 different ships from 10 different cruise lines that moved 4 million passengers through the port. the economic impact of just the cruise activity here at the port is over $2 billion, and it is also over 6000 jobs directly tied to the person to come in and out of broward county and greater fort lauderdale to go through those cruises. the cruise passengers, over half of them come in and arrive the day or more prior to the cruise and they are staying in hotels also staying in hotels after the cruise is over and that once again brings jobs and people into the local community. the state of florida actually has the most number of public sea ports in the country. two currently are not active.
also the largest coastline in the united states. at the busiest container port in the state of florida, $26 billion of economic activity throughout the state resulting from the container activity here at the port. we also had over 6000 jobs directly tied to that container activity as well as over 200,000 jobs throughout the state. the containers that are leaving here generally are foodstuffs, computers, computer printers, auto parts. we serve as the grocery store for the caribbean. the containers coming -- produce . bananas being the top commodity, melons, we are the top perishable port also in the state of florida, being a consumer market here in south florida, we enjoy our fruits and vegetables. in 1930, 1931 was the original establishment of petroleum terminals will stop there were originally three petroleum
terminals, now we have 13 different petroleum terminals, privately operated within the port, that provide the fuel. not just for the transportation vehicles but we also provide all the jet fuel from the three international major airports in south florida. jet fuel comes from as far away as korea, india, taiwan, and japan. most of its, about 75% of the petroleum products consumed here in south florida comes from the gulf coast. to put in a number that people might be able to understand, 4.7 billion gallons of petroleum come into the port every year. 1200 tank trucks come in and out of the port every day. and that fuel fills up all of the vehicles that are used in the 12 southern florida counties. the biggest challenge we have is balancing the facilitation of
commerce and security. as you can imagine being the sole provider of petroleum for south florida having so many cruise ships, so many cargo ships in port, we could be seen as a tempting target to someone but we spend a lot of time, a lot of money and security to ensure that the people that come through port everglades feel safe and secure. for import of oil, one, we work closely with the united states coast guard to ensure that our tenants are complying with all of the laws and regulations. all cargo that is imported is operated by the custom and border protection's to ensure that there is no radiation material coming in. other cargo is randomly inspected by customs to verify either the -- what has been
declared on the manifest is actually accurate, or to verify that there is nothing illegal being brought into the united states. we have a deepening and widening project, which has been under study now for over 18 years. it is making its way through the federal approval process, and we hope to, within the next couple of years, be ready to actually start construction. we take the environmental footprint of the port very seriously. we have invested a lot of money in improvements at the port to reduce our environmental footprint. as we work on construction projects -- our biggest project coming up as the deepening of our channels to accommodate the larger ships that are out there today. about $60 million has been identified just for motivation for the impact of that construction. for the traffic