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As Fleet Week begins in Ft. Lauderdale at Port Everglades, so does the $17 million Intracoastal Deepening Project.

According to Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) Chief Strategy Officer Chuck Malkus, planning and setup started today (May 2) on schedule and the actual dredging will commence in the Port Everglades opening to the ICW on Wednesday May 4.

The goal of the 2-year-long project will be to achieve an overall depth of 17 feet from the current 10 feet from the 17th Street Causeway to Sunrise Boulevard. The span is where the upcoming 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will take place from Nov. 3-7. 

“In order to remain a leading marine destination, Ft Lauderdale’s waterways must remain open and accessible to boats of all sizes,” Malkus said. “The 110,000 Broward residents who make up the marine industry are some of the hardest-working people in our community and their professions should be protected with the dredging.”

To receive updates on the status of the project, email IWWdredgeposition@jaycashman.com.

For information on Fleet Week activities visit http://www.browardnavydaysinc.org/

Fleet Week and the FIND Intracoastal Deepeing Project started in Ft. Lauderdale on May 2.

Fleet Week and the FIND Intracoastal Deepening Project started in Ft. Lauderdale on May 2.

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