The red-and-white striped smokestacks that have become a landmark for cruisers coming in and out of Port Everglades will be demolished at 6:45 a.m., E.D.T., tomorrow, with an implosion that will be broadcast live on the web.
Owned by Florida Power & Light, the 350-foot smoke stacks have been part of the port’s landscape for more than 50 years, according Miami news reports. While the existing plant emitted sulfur dioxide and fine particulate matter — a story yesterday in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel said that the stacks “once spewed more air pollution than any source in Broward County” — its replacement will be a clean energy center that will run on low-cost natural gas and reduce emissions by more than 90 percent, the company says.
For the demolition, the stacks have been packed with 250 pounds of explosives, company officials said. Besides watching the livestream from either the port’s or the company’s website, Twitter users can follow the action using the hashtag #FPLPort. But “don’t blink,” warns Ellen Kennedy, port spokeswoman — the demolition will only last 60 seconds.
Wondering how you can get ringside seats for the blast? Cruise passengers are out of luck, unfortunately; Kennedy says that the three ships that use Port Everglades as a homeport in the summer are usually only there on the weekends, and no ships will be docked there tomorrow.
While some Cruise Critic members said they’d miss seeing the candy-colored icons as they cruise out of Florida, others such as tofubeast felt the improvements would be worth the loss: “I’m happy to see them go and clear up our skyline. Replacements will be much more green.”