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Industry Advisory Update: Port Everglades Dredging Operation

Wednesday, July 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rachelle Reimers
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Army Corps of Engineers Has Now Filed Their Port Everglades Dredging Plan With Congress


As reported on June 29 by DEMA, several organizations, including one DEMA Member Retailer in Fort Lauderdale, have filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Army Corps of Engineers over the potential destruction of the close-by living coral reef in the planned expansion of Port Everglades. The expansion of the Port is expected to begin in 2018.

DEMA has learned that the Army Corps of Engineers has now submitted their Port Everglades dredging plan to the US Congress for approval, while still using the previous environmental impact statement. We are advising all Florida Dive Businesses to express their concerns to the appropriate members of Congress about this project and ask for another Environmental Impact Study to be done prior to the start of dredging Port Everglades.

DEMA's concern, and the concern of these additional organizations, is that there is a need for a new environmental review, given the substantial damage caused by a recent and similar dredging operation at the Port of Miami. An environmental estimate made at Miami's Port prior to dredging operations there, and using the same methodology as used during a pre-estimate in Port Everglades, indicated far less potential for damage than actually occurred. The organizations filing suit include Miami Water-keeper, the Center for Biological Diversity, Florida Wildlife Federation, Earth-justice and DEMA Retail Member, Sea Experience.

Please contact the following individuals in Congress and express your concerns regarding the Port Everglades Dredging Project. You can utilize the 2015 DEMA letter as a guide in expressing your concerns and send them to:

Congresswoman Lois Frankel
1037 Longworth House Office Building, 9
Independence Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20515

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
2134 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-6416

Senator Barbara Boxer
202- 224-8832
Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee
456 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-6175

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz
1114 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Ph: 202-225-7931
Fax: 202-226-2052

Congressman John Mica (FL-7)
2187 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4035
Fax: (202) 226-0821
Congressman Carlos Curbelo
1429 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2778

In addition, please consider contacting all members of the Broward County Board of Commissioners and members of the Commission for the City of Hollywood to express similar concerns.

DEMA also asks that you send a copy of any correspondence you file to DEMA at

For more information on the organizations filing suit to create a new environmental review, see the following:

Miami Water Keeper:
The Center for Biological Diversity:
Florida Wildlife Federation:
Earth Justice:
Sea Experience:

DEMA, The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association | US Toll Free: (800) 862-3483 | Ph: (858) 616-6408 | Fx: (858) 616-6495 |