Port Everglades (Seaport) and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (Airport) are located directly adjacent to each other within Broward County in South Florida. The proximity of the two facilities creates tremendous synergy related to multiday cruise passenger activity. Over the last twenty years, both facilities have seen tremendous growth in multi-day cruise passengers and enplaned airline passengers respectively. This growth places an additional burden on the existing roadway capacity and curbside requirements of both facilities.
Given the past and future projected growth, the Seaport and Airport senior management teams began to discuss together different transportation alternatives to solve the capacity challenges. With that in mind, it is my intention through this case study to review the evolution of a potential solution and provide insight to the decisions that were made by Seaport senior management during this cooperative joint process with the Airport. It will also include discussion on the changing local political environmental and federal policy change and how those affected the process.