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NEW COCOA BEACH CHAMBER VISITORS' CENTER OPENS AT EXPLORATION TOWER

In October, a new Cocoa Beach Chamber Visitors' Center opened in the Port's Exploration Tower. The kiosk in the first floor lobby is expected both to attract out-of-area visitors to the Tower and provide information about other local attractions.

About 20 volunteers will rotate to man the kiosk, which will be open Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. They will distribute the Cocoa Beach Visitors' Guide and offer tourists other information about things to do in the area.
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FOUNDATION FEATURES ASTRONAUT DURING 
30-YEAR CELEBRATION AT PORT 


In September, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a special event at the Exploration Tower featuring guest speaker Michael McCully, a member of the shuttle astronaut team from 1985 to 1990. He spoke to the audience about how he became an astronaut, what it was really like to fly and live in a weightless atmosphere aboard the shuttle, future tourism flights to outer space and the challenges of sending people to Mars.

Brevard Astronomical Society had telescopes outside the Tower for guests to view a scheduled space launch. The Foundation provides college scholarships for students pursuing science, technology, engineering or math degrees and promotes public interest in these topics.
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SUCCESSFUL BEACH SAND RESTORATION 

Twenty-two years ago, the Port Canaveral Inlet Sand Management Plan established protocols to keep the inlet clear for navigation and restore the beaches of Brevard to pre-inlet condition. Since then, the Port has implemented all of the elements of the original plan successfully. Recently, Port Canaveral submitted the first plan update in the state of Florida to reflect current conditions, including the successful return of the beaches within the inlet's direct influence zone to their 1950 pre-inlet widths.The state recently approved the new plan. Updating the plan will keep the Port high in the ranking for funding.
 
The new plan continues crucial monitoring, as well as the current sand bypass program and beach renourishment measures for areas just south of the inlet. Changes include maximizing sand bypass benefits by positioning sand further south (to address natural northward drift) and adding 54,000 cubic yards of sand per year to the beaches of central Cocoa Beach through Patrick Air Force Base, 8-14 miles south of the inlet, beyond the current beach renourishment area.
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WIDENING/DEEPENING REACHES MILESTONE
The ongoing construction project to widen the Port harbor channel 100 feet and deepen it to minus 46 feet progresses steadily, recently reaching the milestone of one million cubic yards of material dredged. With a total of three million cubic yards of material to be removed, the project now is one-third of the way to completion.
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COMING EVENTS


Tall Ship Event
November 14-30

Holiday Boat Parade
in The Cove
Saturday, December 6 
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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