At the federal level, President Trump signed WRDA 2018 into law on October 23rd. The bill contains a variety of legislation aimed at water projects like Herbert Hoover/South Florida dike issues around Lake Okeechobee. The legislation also continues to stress the need for the Army Corps to accelerate the process for moving projects forward more efficiently and at lower cost – including more authority for non-federal interests acting on behalf of the Corps. This authority includes the ability to pre-fund construction activity by the Corps, which may help with projects at areas like Port Everglades. Additional information on the legislation is available at the House Transportation Committee webpage.
The FPC is working with the cruise industry to hold an educational D.C. Fly-In in February 2019. We will be working with our industry partners to ensure our Florida Congressional Delegation understands the importance of the maritime business community to Florida’s economy.
As a reminder, organizational Session of the Florida Legislature will occur on November 20th and the first week of Committee meetings will be December 11th-14th.