Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Port Canaveral Wins Best 
North American Cruise Port

The editors of Cruise Critic.com, the world’s leading cruise reviews site, named Port Canaveral the 2015 Best North American Cruise Port.

In its awards review, Cruise Critic editors praised the family-friendly coastal attractions of the Space Coast and the recreation opportunities that make the Port itself “definitely worth a pre- or post-cruise visit.”

“It’s rewarding that these facilities built for and enjoyed by our community—our beach and parks, fishing pier, miles of bike trails, popular Cove with its waterfront restaurants and the Exploration Tower—have helped rank our Port among the best in the world,” said Jerry Allender, Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners.

Port Canaveral Awaits Permission to Further Study Feasibility of Rail Route Through Air Force Property

The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) is awaiting response to its request for follow-up access to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to complete a feasibility study to determine if a route through Air Force property can be added to the federal environmental review of the Port’s rail project. In November 2015, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) granted the Port Authority’s request to pause the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to allow the Port to evaluate the feasibility of a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station freight rail alignment.  Pending the outcome of the Port’s feasibility analysis, the STB may consider including the Air Force route as one of the routes to be studied in the EIS.

“The Port Authority initiated talks with the Air Force in 2012 regarding the possibility of rail connection through Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,” said Jim Dubea, Port Canaveral’s Deputy Director of Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships. “Our meeting with Pentagon officials last month (November 2015) was fruitful and one step closer to resolving the question of whether a viable route exists.”

Once the CPA completes further evaluation of the Air Force route, it will request the STB to resume the environmental review process of all routes identified as potentially feasible. Currently, the routes include an alignment through Kennedy Space Center and one that parallels State Road 528.

After the STB has issued its final scope of study, determining which routes will move forward with an extensive environmental review, it will then prepare a draft EIS. At that time, there will be public opportunities for comment regarding the draft EIS and the various routes. The Port Authority Commission will make no final decision on whether to proceed with rail until the completion of the STB process.

New Fun in the Sun
(and Shade) at Jetty Park

There’s a new frontier for the little ones to explore at Jetty Park, where the Port Authority recently replaced the old playground with a new facility.

Bears Playgrounds built the $80,000 complex. It features a central structure with climbing, sliding and crossing adventures to build muscles and imagination. A swing set accommodates small and large children, while three shade structures with benches offer relaxation for children, parents and grandparents.

The new equipment incorporates natural materials as much as possible and a safety surface of wood mulch on the entire playground helps protect small users from injury.

Port and Cape Canaveral Partner on Public Safety

Neighbors Port Canaveral and the city of Cape Canaveral understand the value of teaming up to protect the safety of residents and Port visitors.

Having shared fire equipment for several years, the two governments are planning joint
purchase of a new Pierce Quantum Custom Pumper fire truck to replace 25-year-old equipment. The advanced $550,000 truck will improve response capability at the Port and help Cape Canaveral residents by boosting their fire department’s ISO (Insurance Service Office) Fire Suppression Rating. A higher rating can lower insurance rates for individual property owners.

With an expected increase in Port business activities, both entities also will collaborate on transportation planning for future traffic growth. A joint task force, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation, will study new roadway network options to provide alternate and additional access into the Port with optimal traffic flow and safety.

Building Community. Creating Opportunity.