SECURITY ISSUES FOR FLEET WEEK AND AIR & SEA SHOW
Safety & Security Issues for
The McDonald’s Air & Sea Show and Fleet Week
News Media Briefing: April 26, 2002, 10:30 a.m.
Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale
John U. Lloyd State Park, Hollywood
Public officials including Sheriff Ken Jenne, Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Bruce Roberts and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Kerski will review security procedures for the McDonald’s Air & Sea Show and Fleet Week during a news briefing at the Coast Guard station overlooking Port Everglades. The event’s executive producer, Mickey Markoff, will provide an update on final show preparations.
For many years, Port Everglades has swelled with US Navy sailors and stem-to-stern fighting ships during the annual Fleet Week. The event always proved popular for the visiting sailors and thousands of local residents who flocked to the port to see and tour the Naval vessels. Likewise, the Air & Sea show has drawn hundreds of thousands to Fort Lauderdale beach for the spectacular aerial program. But, in light of security concerns following the terrorist attacks, access to Port Everglades is being severely restricted this year.
· McDonald’s Fleet Week 2002 is an “invitation only” event where even VIPs and organizations must receive security clearance in advance to board the Navy ships.
· Everyone entering Port Everglades for McDonald’s Fleet Week must use Eller Drive only and no one will be admitted, under any circumstances, without an invitation.
· Boat traffic through the port, via the Intracoastal Waterway, will be prohibited between SE 17th Street and the Dania Cutoff Canal on three occasions: when ships arrive the morning of April 29th; from 7:30 until 10 p.m. on May 2nd during production of a televised military salute; and when ships depart the afternoon of May 3rd.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office and US Navy Shore Patrol, assisted by state agencies including the Florida Highway Patrol, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Fish and Game Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, will operate checkpoints throughout the port.
While additional security measures will be in place, access to the McDonald’s Air & Sea Show will not be as restricted as Port Everglades. Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Roberts will address those issues. This report by:
Jim Leljedal / Media Relations
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