Fort Lauderdale’s growth coincided with widespread use of asbestos in construction and other industries. Many residents are at risk of being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses such as asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, and thousands of former Fort Lauderdale workers now live with the devastating effects of prolonged exposure to asbestos.
If you or someone you love have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
Fort Lauderdale Asbestos Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013 there were over 14,000 asbestos-related deaths in Florida.
- Broward County, home to Fort Lauderdale, has the third highest number of asbestos deaths in the state.
- Fort Lauderdale grew rapidly in the 1900s, and construction of hotels, homes, and other buildings coincided with heavy use of asbestos in building materials.
- Other sites in Fort Lauderdale that put people at risk of asbestos exposure include military stations, airports, utility and power companies, and shipyards and ports.
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale
World War II resulted in the development of many new military installations, including in Fort Lauderdale. South Florida’s location on the Atlantic coast and year-round warm weather it ideal for the military. Naval Air Station (NAS) Fort Lauderdale provided aviation training for Navy pilots and crewmen.
Other military stations in the area include:
- Naval Air Station Boat Facility
- Fort Lauderdale Navy Section Base
- Fort Lauderdale Coast Guard Station
Like most military installations of the era, NAS Fort Lauderdale and its supporting facilities were either built with construction materials that contained asbestos or housed aircraft, vehicles, and vessels made with asbestos-containing materials. Consequently, thousands of men and women assigned to Fort Lauderdale during the war were exposed to asbestos. Many of these veterans developed asbestos-related mesothelioma and other illnesses .
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
After the war, the Navy decommissioned NAS Fort Lauderdale, which had been built on the site of the city’s Merle Fogg Airport. It resumed commercial aviation operations and in 1959 was named Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Asbestos was used in large quantities during the construction and modernization of the terminal, and it was also present in airplanes, ground vehicles, maintenance areas, and other parts of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. Many workers were exposed to the harmful fibers from these materials.
Port Everglades is one of the busiest ports in the U.S. It is the world’s third largest cruise ship port; in the 2013-2014 winter cruise season over 40 passenger ships sailed to and Port Everglades. Additionally, Port Everglades receives over 4,000 container ship calls a year.
Port Everglades was constructed in 1928. Most of its original structures, including warehouses, passenger terminals, fuel bunkers, pipelines, and oil storage tanks contained large amounts of asbestos. Asbestos exposure in Port Everglades became a long-lasting workplace safety issue for port workers and seamen alike.
The port also handled vessels that also contained considerable amounts of asbestos, placing more lives at risk and contributing to the current increase in mesothelioma and asbestosis cases.
Other Fort Lauderdale Job Sites Linked to Asbestos Exposure
Fort Lauderdale’s growth and development coincided with the peak period of asbestos use by construction companies and other industries, including such utility companies as Florida Power & Light. Many of the city’s public buildings, hospitals, apartment buildings, hotels, and single family houses were built with materials laden with asbestos fibers.
Some of the job sites and public facilities with past or current asbestos include:
- Broward General Hospital
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- Holy Cross Hospital
- North Shore Hospital
- Fort Lauderdale High School
- Dillard High School
- Stranahan High School
- South Broward High School
- Plantation Middle School
- Deerfield Beach Elementary School
- Burdine’s (now Macy’s)
Insulation and Construction Materials
- North Brothers, Incorporated
- Florida insulation & Fireproof
- Lakeview Siding
- Southern Bell (BellSouth/AT&T)
- Florida Power & Light (FPL)
Asbestos Related Cancer Treatment Centers in Florida
The Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is the only cancer treatment facility designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Care Cancer Center. As one of the 41 NCI-designated centers in the U.S., Moffitt’s primary mission is to develop new research techniques and treatments for cancers of the lungs, including mesothelioma.
Contact Information for Moffitt Cancer Center:
12902 USF Magnolia Drive
University of South Florida, USF Health
Tampa, Florida, 33612
Getting Legal Help in Fort Lauderdale
As previously mentioned, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on top asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Florida Mesothelioma Lawyer Rebecca S. Vinocur, P.A.
Rebecca S. Vinocur heads up her own mesothelioma law firm based in Coral Gables, Florida. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Rebecca has over twenty years of mesothelioma law practice in the state of Florida. She uses her experience and knowledge of asbestos litigation to fight on behalf of asbestos victims who are battling mesothelioma and other related illnesses.