Rep Allen West Leads the Way with Army Corps of Engineers Port Projects

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) announces today the designation of $4.6 million to Port Everglades as part of the United States Corps of Engineers 2012 Work Plan for Operations and Maintenance dredging.  In addition, another $600,000 has been designated for a Port Everglades feasibility study.

“I am pleased to announce this project will finally be able to move forward and our hard work has paid off,” West said.  “The Port Everglades dredging project is directly tied to the number of ships that can get in and out of South Florida and has a direct impact on commerce and the entire economy of the region.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the Army Corps of Engineers Roundtable discussion hosted by Representative West at Lynn University in Boca Raton late last year.

“The Congressman’s willingness to host a roundtable to pull together all of the decision makers at the same table was vital to our success,” said Port Everglades Deputy Director Glenn Wiltshire. “Representative West facilitated the opportunity for people to ask and answer questions. I’m certain that was a factor in the Corps’ decision to fund the Port Everglades maintenance dredging project, which is greatly needed.”

Congressman West met with Commanders of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville Division in his Capitol Hill office Tuesday to thank them for the Port Everglades designation and discuss the future of South Florida’s other ports including the St. Lucie inlet and the Port of Palm Beach.  Topics of discussion included:

St. Lucie Inlet is currently 21-21.5 feet deep, and is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. The County and the Harbor Advisory Board would like to see the port dredged to 25-28 feet deep to allow for bigger ships to utilize the port, thus increasing commerce and bringing much needed jobs to the area.

Port of Palm Beach:  Congressman West requested $460,000 in the Fiscal Year 2012 Work Plan for the Lake Worth Inlet Feasibility Study, which would help expand the capabilities at the Port. Congressman West learned this week the money has been approved for the Port of Palm Beach.

“The future of these ports is critically important to the coastal areas of Southeast Florida,” West said.  “I will continue to be a voice for our ports so that South Florida remains a priority for the Army Corps of Engineers.”

 *Attached please see Rep. West’s letter to the Corps of Engineers as well as photo.


Allen West Official Congratulation’s to Lynn University on Securing Presidential Debate

(WASHINGTON)– Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released this statement today congratulating Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida for being selected as the venue to host the last Presidential debate next year:

“Today all South Floridians – especially those living in Boca Raton and the surrounding communities – have reason to be especially proud, as one of our own universities – Lynn University- located in Congressional District 22 has been selected to host the final 2012 Presidential Debate.

After visiting Lynn’s campus and meeting with University administrators earlier this year, I quickly realized the potential for Lynn’s Wold Performing Arts Center to be a candidate to host the Presidential debates.  I immediately took the lead in drafting a bipartisan and bicameral letter signed by every member of the Florida Congressional Delegation to the Commission on Presidential Debates in support of Lynn’s application.

After months of waiting, I am pleased, although not surprised, to learn that Lynn University has been chosen, and I have no doubt that Lynn will rise to the occasion and make all of South Florida proud.

The state of Florida has historically been a major decision maker in a number of national elections throughout our nation’s history and will be a critical state for both parties in the upcoming Presidential election. Securing the final Presidential Debate for the 2012 election is further reason to recognize the importance of the State of Florida in this decisive time in our nation’s history.

The eyes of Americans and all people around the world will be on both Florida and Lynn University during  the critical last few days of the 2012 Presidential election.”