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Updated News from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale

Port Everglades Limits Access

PORT EVERGLADES, FL (Sept 15, 2001) – Port Everglades officials and the Broward Sheriffs Office are limiting access to the seaport starting this weekend only to those who have business inside the port’s jurisdiction or are picking up cruise passengers. Through traffic to and from the beach or 17 Street will be prohibited. In addition, from 9 p.m. to 4:45 a.m., the State Road 84 entrance to the port will be the only open entrance for port business and will be secured by Broward Sheriffs deputies.

The heightened security measures are in response to this week’s terrorist acts. Port Everglades has increased security through a coordinated effort between the U.S. Coast Guard, Broward Sheriffs Office, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U.S. Customs, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Florida Marine Patrol, and the Port Department of Broward County.

Although the Intracoastal Waterway will remain open, recreational boaters should be aware of a 300-foot security zone around commercial vessels in the port imposed by the Coast Guard.

Cruise passengers should contact their cruise lines before leaving home in case of unanticipated scheduling changes. In addition, heightened security measures may delay embarkation and debarkation procedures.

The following procedures will be in place:

- Valid passports, original birth certificates or a certified copy of a birth certificate are required. Expired passports are no longer accepted as proof of citizenship.

- All baggage will subject to search by U.S. Customs.

- All passengers will be subject to INS screening.

- Only permitted and licensed taxi and limousine services will be allowed to operate at the port.

- Friends and relatives dropping off and picking up passengers may experience delays.

For further information from scheduled cruise lines, please call:
Celebrity Cruises Century -- (800) 437-3111
Discovery Cruises Discovery Sun -- (800) 937-4477 locally or (800) 866-8687 nationally
Holland America Line Maasdam – (800) 426-0327
Imperial Majesty Cruise Line OceanBreeze – (954) 956-9505 locally or (800) 511-5737 nationally
Princess Cruises Grand Princess – (800) 421-0522
Royal Caribbean International Enchantment of the Seas – (800) 327-6700
SeaEscape Cruises Island Adventure – (954) 925-9700 locally or (800) 327-2005 nationally

Further details on heightened port security will not be released in the interest of public safety.

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