Security barriers will no longer be mandatory for oil tankers at Port Everglades

Security barriers in the water around the docks at Port Everglades no longer will be regularly used to protect oil tankers from a seaborne terrorist attack like the one that damaged the USS Cole in 2000.

County commissioners, who are in charge of the port, say the change never was discussed with them. They, along with port businesses and security experts, are raising questions about the move.