New Port Commissioners Installed and Board Officers Selected
(L-R) Commissioner Micah Loyd; Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Allender; Chairman Tom Weinberg; Vice Chairman Wayne Justice; Commissioner Bob Harvey. New Commissioners Loyd of District 2 and Harvey of District 4 formally were installed during the November Commission meeting. Tom Weinberg was selected as Chairman. More information is available in the November/December edition of the Port magazine. Subscribe free at
More Than 40,000 Toys for Tots Distributed Through Titusville Logistics Center
Port Canaveral partnered with Toys for Tots as a drop-off location and also by providing 30,000 square feet of open space in the Titusville Logistics Center at no charge for staging and distribution.
More than 40,000 toys passed through the warehouse where a team of 50 volunteers handled their collection, sorting, packaging, counting and distribution.
The generosity of the Port community and surrounding districts served more than 350 local families and provided gifts to more than 880 children.
Campaign organizers, led by Titusville Chamber president Marcia Gaedcke, expressed gratitude for the use of the Logistics Center for staging and distributing this year's donations. “It could not have been more perfect for our needs,” Gaedcke said.
Gratitude Lunch Benefits United Way
The Canaveral Port Authority hosted its first Community Gratitude Lunch in newly renovated Cruise Terminal 5. Proceeds from ticket sales were contributed to United Way of Brevard’s annual funding campaign.
The fun and informative event included a presentation from guest speaker Officer Ben Tobias — “You Went Viral!... Now What Do You Do?” Tobias is the Public Information Officer for the Gainesville Police Department and the person who posted the now-famous video on Facebook showing Officer Bobby White responding to a noise complaint by joining neighborhood kids in a game of street basketball.
The event concluded with a surprise game of basketball between Port and United Way executives and teams drafted from the audience, cheered on by all attendees.
Double Sail-a-bration Weekend Welcomes Two New Cruise Ships
In November, two of the world’s largest ships arrived to call Canaveral home — Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,100-plus-passenger
Norwegian Epic and Royal Caribbean International’s 7,000-plus-passenger
Oasis of the Seas.
On Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th, traditional Port welcome ceremonies introduced community leaders to the new arrivals. During the afternoons, Port-hosted Sail-a-brations in Jetty Park gave the local community and families from near and far the opportunity to have fun and wish these majestic ships bon voyage.
More information on new cruise ships and new cruise facilities is featured in the November/December Port magazine at
Strategic Planning: Community Invited To Tell Us What They Think
On November 3, community members gathered at three different locations during three different times of the day to learn more about the Port’s business and offer input on its future direction.
A morning session was held at the Port Maritime Center, an afternoon session at the Port Canaveral Logistics Center at Titusville and an evening session at Merritt Island High School.
The public sessions were part of the development of a 20-year strategic master plan for the Port. The document will provide a framework for future land-use decisions, helping the Port Authority balance its responsibilities as a community resource and environmental steward while being an active cruise and cargo port.
The Port Authority plans to hold another public meeting once all the research is reviewed and preliminary master plan alternatives are prepared.