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On July 31, workers on Port Canaveral's newest cruise facility, Cruise Terminal 1, celebrated a milestone in the project: "Dry In" is the point at which a building's roof is fully complete, allowing interior finishing work to begin.

Following an old construction tradition, lead contractor Ivey's Construction of Merritt Island hosted a Dry-In lunch for the workers to express appreciation to those whose hard work is contributing to the efficient speedy progress of the project, scheduled for completion this November. The celebration has special meaning for the many local workers for whom the project has provided jobs and the local businesses for whom it has provided revenue opportunities.

Approximately 220 construction personnel are employed on the site. In addition to Ivey's, the project uses 40 sub-contractors and 6 design companies. The Port's dedication to providing local opportunities resulted in a very high percentage of local participation: 85 percent of those involved are Brevard County residents and businesses.
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In June, the Port Canaveral Police Department sponsored the Cops and Kids Safety Expo, inviting multiple regional police, fire department and other safety-oriented public agencies to come and help educate and entertain local children.

The concept, which began as a bicycle rodeo and helmet give-away, expanded to include more than a dozen demonstrations, games and giveaways from K-9 demos, school bus safety exhibits, free child fingerprinting and a free child-seat checkup to close-up looks at police helicopters and boats, free gunlocks and a friendly tug-of-war between police and fire personnel. Bounce houses and obstacle courses provided extra play opportunities for the children.

More than 200 bicycle helmets were given away. In total, more than 300 children, mostly between the ages of four and ten, attended with their parents. The event drew families from throughout Brevard County and Orange County.
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In its on-going battle against invasive, toxic Brazilian pepper, the Port Authority enlists the help of multiple agencies and volunteers. In May, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission funded and awarded a contract for professional removal of 23 acres of Brazilian pepper trees along the Indian River shoreline of State Road 528. The Port Authority is working with other agencies to expand the removal area.

The next phase in restoration of this shoreline is the re-establishment of a native plant species, the red mangrove, which provides excellent wildlife habitat and stabilization of the sandy land. The Marine Resource Council of East Florida will organize volunteers to carry this out. Among those important to the volunteer effort will be local students, who collect mangrove seeds from the wild, set up mangrove nurseries in classrooms and help plant the new saplings.
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Reverse Trade Show
Cruise Terminal 6
Tuesday, August 19 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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