Thursday, February 9, 2017
Governor Highlights
Seaport Investments

and Jobs During Visit 
 

Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the Port on February 6 to build support for his $10.8 billion for transportation investments in the 2017-18 state budget.
 
During the past six years, the state has invested $1.2 billion in Florida’s 15 seaports. Scott’s new “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget continues to make these resources a priority by recommending an additional $178.2 million for seaport infrastructure projects, including $8 million for Port Canaveral.
 
The Port Authority is using about $8.8 million from the current state budget for internal road and pier improvements and is seeking state support for projects on several surrounding state roads, including replacement of an outdated drawbridge on State Road 401, the sole access route to its north-side cargo and cruise areas.
 
“We have great plans to continue growing and supporting our community,” said Port Authority Chairman Tom Weinberg. “It is clear Governor Scott knows that by strategically investing in our seaports, we’re investing in opportunities for our state’s businesses, families and visitors.”
 
Port CEO John Murray said, “As the gateway to Central Florida and the second busiest cruise port in the entire world, Port Canaveral is proud of the incredible impact we have on the State of Florida. Governor Scott’s proposed investments are crucial to continuing this success.”

According to a recent report from the Florida Ports Council, Florida’s 15 seaports are responsible for $117.6 billion in economic activity, supporting nearly 900,000 jobs, $40 billion in personal income and $4.3 billion in state and local tax revenue.
Central Florida Transportation Leaders Discuss Progress
and Challenges
 

The 2017 Business of Transportation panel discussion at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport on February 3 drew hundreds of Central Florida business leaders to learn first-hand about the newest regional transportation projects and initiatives.

Cindy Barth, editor of the Orlando Business Journal, moderated the panel discussion, which involved executives from the Canaveral Port Authority, Central Florida Expressway Authority, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, I-4 Ultimate Construction Project, Lynx, Orlando Sanford International Airport, SunRail and planning and engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.

All the participating transportation agencies have major initiatives under way, from highway, bridge and terminal building to geographic expansions of mass transit services.

In discussing how to ensure that Central Florida thrives in the future, the panel emphasized the importance of working together to create ease of connectivity and efficiency.

They also discussed the excitement and challenges of technological advancements in transportation, covering security, safety, customer service improvements, the development of new mobile applications and the hot issue of self-driving cars.

“We’re also going to be faced with the issue of autonomous water vessels,” commented Port CEO John Murray. “It’s happening now.”
Port Ends Fiscal Year 2016
with Strong Numbers


A review of the unaudited figures for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2015 through September 2016)  indicate it was a strong year for business growth at Port Canaveral. Both cruise and cargo showed positive figures for this time period, according to Chief Financial Officer Rodger Rees in his report to the Canaveral Port Authority during the January Board meeting.

The year-to-date figures for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2017 (October – December 2016) indicate an even stronger pattern of growth. New homeported cruise ships were the main driver of increases in passenger count and revenues with Norwegian EPIC and Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas — two of the largest cruise ships in the world -— arriving in November 2016.
 
In cargo, new services and increases in existing cargoes both drove growth in Fiscal Year 2016. The first three months of Fiscal Year 2017 indicate that cargo business growth likely will be equally or even more robust.
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Deputy Executive Officer and Chief  Financial Officer Rodger Rees presents financial report during January 2017 Canaveral Port Authority Commission meeting.
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