Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Commission Moves Forward 

With Veterans’ Initiatives

(L-R) John W. Murray, Port CEO; R. Bruce Deardoff, Port Authority Commissioner; Jerry Allender, Port Authority Chairman; Dean Schaaf, Brevard Veterans Memorial Center President; Donn Weaver, Brevard Veterans Memorial Center Expansion Committee Chairman; Wayne Justice, Port Authority Vice-Chairman; Tom Weinberg, Port Authority Secretary/Treasurer; John Evans, Port Authority Commissioner.
During its October Board meeting, the Canaveral Port Authority approved designs for a Port Canaveral display at the newly expanded Brevard Veterans Memorial Center Museum on Merritt Island and contributed $25,000 to the expansion project. The Board also approved complimentary cruise parking for vehicles displaying a Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate issued under s. 320.084; s. 320.0842; or s. 320.0845, Florida Statutes. 
Propeller Club Port Canaveral
Hosts State of the Port Address

The Propeller Club Port Canaveral invited CEO John Murray to address its members and the public with a State of the Port update during the October monthly meeting, which was held in Cruise Terminal 6.
 
Murray delivered a comprehensive overview of the Port’s accomplishments during the past year and plans for the future. “We are the second busiest cruise port in the world — a strategic standing in a competitive business that we work hard to maintain,” he said. “Globally, our cargo capabilities are less well known, but we have the industry knowledge and financial strength to carefully grow this business.” 
Red Cross Distributes Hurricane Relief Supplies from Donated Warehouse Space
The Port Authority provided the American Red Cross with 90,000 square feet of space in the new Titusville Logistics Center to store and distribute relief supplies to those who suffered loss from Hurricane Matthew. The supplies were positioned to help Central Florida, but will be used elsewhere as well.
Volunteers Gather at Jetty Park
for International Coastal Cleanup

The Port Environmental Department teamed up with more than 150 volunteers from Carnival Cruise Line, SeaWorld and regional coordinator Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) to join in the International Coastal Cleanup on September 17. The cleanup focused on the shoreline areas of the public boat ramp complex, park and beach. Volunteers collected more than 100 bags of trash and 25 bags of recyclables.

Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup is a global volunteer effort to remove trash from the world’s beaches.
Seafarers Ministry Gala Supports Local 
Services for Ships’ Crews
 The third annual Space Coast Seafarers Ministry Gala took place on September 15 in Cruise Terminal 1. The event broke records, raising more than $60,000 to provide resources such as phones, computers/Internet, local transportation, counseling, hot meals, clothes and mail services to crew members from the ships that dock at Port Canaveral.

The entertainment this year included Joe Castillo, a sand artist and storyteller who was a 2012 finalist in America’s Got Talent, and Rockledge soprano saxophonist and recording artist Eirinn Abu.

“It turned out to be all we’d hoped for,” Ministry Director Reverend Mark Wodka said. “We are very thankful for our gala coordinator Michelle Bowers and her team, our generous sponsors and all of the participation of the Port Authority.”

Next year, the gala will celebrate the organization’s 20-year anniversary.
Building Community. Creating Opportunity.