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SCOTT ANNOUNCES FUNDING SUPPORT
DURING PORTS CONVENTION
   Florida Governor Rick Scott
For the first time in its 60-year history, the Canaveral Port Authority hosted the American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) annual convention, held October 13-17, with more than 700 delegates, exhibitors and guests from throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The five-day event was held in Orlando and on the Space Coast and featured an array of informative professional seminars and visits to area attractions, including the Exploration Tower and Kennedy Space Center.   

During the event, special guest speaker Governor Rick Scott announced he will ask state lawmakers to approve nearly $10 million for expansion of a container yard at Port Canaveral, a key step in increasing the Port's cargo business to create new jobs and revenue for the community.

For additional details, view the electronic November/December Port magazine, which will be available on the Port website in mid-December.
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EXPLORATION TOWER OPENS
ON PORT'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY 
The newest attraction for the Space Coast - the $23 million, seven-story Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral - opened officially on November 4, the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Canaveral Harbor. Some 300-plus community and business leaders attended the VIP invitation event. A larger celebration for the general public on Saturday, November 9, attracted a few thousand from central Florida. Attendees at the Community Celebration made generous donations of non-perishable food items to the Brevard Sharing Center and received reduced admission fees, which will be donated to Brevard Schools Foundation for the EMBARK program, a Port-based third-grade curriculum that was developed and is executed in partnership with Canaveral Port Authority and the Brevard School District. The food collected was donated to the Central Brevard Sharing Center. The collection was enough to feed 300 families.

For more details and to see a video about the Exploration Tower and Anniversary events, register now to receive the November/December Port magazine.
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BOARD APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CRUISE TERMINAL
In a unanimous vote, Port Canaveral Commissioners approved building a new $80-$85 million cruise terminal and 1,000-vehicle parking facility, scheduled to open in November 2014. The 185,000-square-foot terminal will be located on the south side of the harbor in The Cove restaurant and retail area. For the first time, it will offer passengers and crew destination options within walking distance of their ship.

Construction is expected to begin next month. The new cruise terminal complex will handle the largest cruise ships currently sailing as well as the 6,000-passenger vessels now on the drawing boards. Announcements regarding the new terminal's tenants are expected soon. Each homeported cruise ship that comes into Port represents about $250 million annually in community impact and 2,500 new direct and indirect jobs.
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NEW LARGER BOAT RAMP COMPLEX TO BE BUILT
To accommodate the new cruise terminal on the south side of the harbor, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved building a new, larger recreational boat ramp complex just west of Jetty Park near the channel entrance to replace the current boat ramps at Freddie Patrick Park in The Cove.

The ramps will be built on up to 1.2 acres of empty green space at Jetty Park (out of 68 total park acres) and will not impact any current usage. As the design of the ramp complex is further developed, the input of sport fishermen, commercial interests and park users will continue to be incorporated, to ensure that the ramps offer optimal usability and convenience.
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