Broward County has named longtime marine environmental manager Bob Musser to oversee all ecological functions and procedures associated with operations and planning at Port Everglades.
Formerly from Port Canaveral and the Port of Tampa, Musser has been named the new Environmental Projects Manager at Port Everglades, according to John Foglesong, Director of Broward County’s Seaport Engineering and Construction Division. He has 10 years of maritime experience and more than 20 years combined in the environmental, marine science, engineering and hazardous waste fields. In addition to his port experience, Musser was a Senior Scientist/Project Manager for Ash Engineering in Tampa, Senior Environmental Scientist with the non-profit environmental organization Tampa Bay Watch, previously worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and held various environmental positions with Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. He also taught high school marine science and coastal ecology at The Marine Science Consortium in Virginia.
“Bob’s vast experience and dedication to protecting the sensitive environments characteristic of seaports will be a great asset to Port Everglades as we implement our Master Plan and begin the Port’s new wetland habitat creation project,” said Port Everglades Director Phil Allen.
Musser will be part of a team that will oversee the development of a new 16.5-acre mangrove wetland habitat that will be created from upland area within Port Everglades. The new habitat, once fully functioning, will replace approximately 8.68 acres of mangroves within an existing 48.27-acre conservation easement in the Port’s Southport cargo area. The replacement of these mangroves with the new mangrove habitat will facilitate the Port’s ability to extend the Southport Turning Notch, where ships can dock and turn around in the channel, by 1,500 feet. The extended Turning Notch will accommodate larger cargo and container ships that will be able to transit widened Panama Canal and create additional berth space for cargo ships that currently call at Port Everglades.
As one of South Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Already one of the busiest cruise ports worldwide, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports. And, Port Everglades is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products, including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $109.7 million in Fiscal Year 2009 (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009). It does not rely on local tax dollars for construction or operations. The Seaport Engineering and Construction Division is part of the Broward County Public Works Department, providing direct support to Port Everglades. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is approximately $14 billion. More than 143,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including almost 10,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.