Wednesday, March 1, 2017
   Two Communities Benefit from Port’s Commitment to Fire Safety
Canaveral Fire Rescue, which serves Port Canaveral and the city of Cape Canaveral, is putting its brand new fire truck into service. The 2017 2000-gallon-per-minute pumper has 33 percent more capacity than the 1991 truck it is replacing, which was the largest  available at the time. “We were planning for Port growth when we bought the older truck,” said Fire Chief Dave Sargeant. “But ships and facilities keep getting bigger and bigger so now we need even more capacity.”

The Canaveral Port Authority and Cape Canaveral shared the cost of the new pumper equally.

The older truck, which was 100 percent Port-owned, is finding a good home with the all-volunteer fire department of Monticello, Florida, just outside Tallahassee.

“I met their chief one year ago at a conference and he was talking about what his small fire department really could use but couldn’t afford. I told him I’d see what I could do for him. The Port Authority and Cape Canaveral have been helping his department out ever since and have donated several trucks,” Sargeant said.

Port Commission Chairman Tom Weinberg said, “This has been a great opportunity for us to help not one, but two, Florida communities get the level of fire service they need.”
Commission Schedules  
Evening Meetings for Public

To make it more convenient for additional members of the public to attend Commission meetings in person, the Board voted unanimously to move several meetings per year to after-work hours.

In 2017, the April 26 and October 25 Board meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at the Maritime Center. Visit the Canaveral Port Authority Live Streaming & Media Archives page at www.portcanaveral.com/about/public-meetings for an updated meeting schedule.
    Jetty Park Pier Reopens
The Jetty Park pier, which had been closed since last October due to structural damage from Hurricane Matthew, reopened in January. The 1,400-foot-long facility is popular for fishing and launch viewing and is fully wheelchair accessible.

The Port Authority faced some challenges in getting the pier restoration scheduled due to the large amount of post-hurricane work needed throughout the county. “We recognized it as a priority and wanted to get it open as quickly as possible because it is a community favorite,” said Port CEO John Murray.

In addition to the structural repairs, the severely damaged wood rail of the pier was replaced and upgraded with new aluminum railing.
Brevard County Educators
Learn About Port Jobs
Port CEO John Murray along with Cargo, Cruise, Environmental, Communications, Facilities and Maritime Operations staff welcomed more than 70 Brevard County middle and high school assistant principals to the Maritime Center on February 9.

The Propeller Club of Port Canaveral facilitated a panel discussion during which Port staff members described their job responsibilities and the training their jobs require.  The discussion illustrated the diverse career paths that seaports provide. After the briefing, the group visited the U.S. Coast Guard Station and the Canaveral Fire Rescue Shipboard Firefighting Simulator and took a harbor boat tour guided by a Canaveral pilot.
Governor Highlights Job-Creating Seaport Investments
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 the outdated State Road 401 drawbridge, 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.
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