Broward business leaders intensified their push for federal government support for Port Everglades expansion with a full-page ad in The Hill, the Washington, D.C., publication for political insiders.
The ad, headlined “South Florida’s Economic Future is in Your Hands,” is addressed to the members of the House-Senate conference committee working out language on federal water legislation.
Signatories are pushing for the compromise legislation to include a House-backed provision that would help with the deepening and widening project that would allow Port Everglades to accommodate the next generation of large ships.
It praised members of Congress for their “support for progressive ports like Port Everglades [which] underscores your obvious agreement that competitive U.S. seaports are a core priority for the nation.”
The ad, with the names of more than 300 Broward businesses, is signed by Charles Caulkins, chairman of the Broward Workshop; Terry Stiles, chairman and chief executive of Stiles Corp., the Fort Lauderdale based investment, construction and property management company, on behalf of the Port Everglades Action Team; Bob Swindell of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; and Raymond J. Jones of the Port Everglades Association.
“We thought it would be important to show our legislators that we’ve got the business community behind this initiative and also try to tell them there’s a lot of people that vote behind this initiative. And also to try to tell them that we have a machine to make sure they do vote,” Stiles said last week at a gathering of about 125 workshop members and guests.
They have much more planned.
On Wednesday and Thursday, a group of Broward’s top business leaders will be lobbying in Washington, Stiles said last week at a gathering of Broward Workshop leaders. (The workshop represents the chief executives of Broward’s major employers). Joining them will be County Commissioners Chip LaMarca, Stacy Ritter and Tim Ryan, Stiles said.
He also told workshop members that a group of business leaders interested in the workshop had lunch last week with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
“She is totally on board,” Stiles said. “This is not a partisan issue. Everybody is together, working across the aisle to get this done.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun