Port Canaveral BizNotes
Fantasy Arrival
Disney Fantasy Arrives
--- Join the 'Sail-A-Bration!'

Hundreds of people lined the shores of Jetty Park before 6 a.m. on March 6 to catch the first glimpse of the brand new Disney Fantasy sailing into her homeport.* Busloads of Disney employees joined local residents, dignitaries and media to wave Mickey hand signs and cheer as the 1,115-foot ship arrived, accompanied by the poignant strains of "When You Wish Upon A Star" and fireworks that illuminated the pre-dawn sky.

The second ship in the company's $1.8 billion, two-ship expansion, the Fantasy joins the year-old Disney Dream in Central Florida, bringing with her thousands of new passengers and more than 500 new jobs, a real cause for celebration.

You're invited to join the Canaveral Port Authority Board and staff in bidding 'bon voyage' to Disney Fantasy, her passengers and crew on the March 31 official maiden voyage. Our Community Sail-A-Bration will take place at Jetty Park from 4 to 6 p.m., with prizes and entertainment. Free shuttles into Jetty Park begin at 3 p.m. Follow event signs for parking. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Central Brevard Sharing Center. And remember to bring a lawn chair.

*ARRIVAL VIDEO
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Audit Showcases Dedicated Compliance and Solid Growth
An independent financial audit conducted for fiscal year 2011 by Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC gave the Port a perfect grade for internal controls and compliance with an array of state and federal laws and regulations. The audited figures confirm the Port's excellent financial growth, recording a total of $56 million in fees and charges for services versus $47 million in the previous fiscal year and Port operating income of $12 million in FY 2011 compared to $7 million in FY 2010. The Port also received $11 million in capital contributions or grants in FY 2011.
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Port and EDC Forge Closer Connection
Port Canaveral and the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida's Space Coast are two of Brevard County's top job-generating entities. To boost cooperation and coordination in attracting vital business to the area, the Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners unanimously voted in March to raise its investment in the EDC to "leadership level." The Canaveral Port Authority now will hold one seat on the EDC's Executive Committee and two seats on the Board of Directors, as well as have opportunities to serve on strategic councils. A briefing/tour of the Port for EDC investors and officers has been planned for April 11 and CEO Stan Payne is scheduled to give a briefing to the EDC Board on August 1. See the business and job opportunities the Port generates in our new interactive Sweet Opportunities publication.

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CT5 parkingUpgraded Parking System
Will Include More Options

Port Canaveral's cruise business has grown enormously in the past three years, surpassing the ability of the decades-old parking system to accommodate new needs and features. The Canaveral Port Authority engaged Lumin Advisors for recommendations on how to overhaul the system and, based on the advice, will undertake a series of upgrades and improvements.

The new parking system, which will be developed during the next year, is expected to include more options for passengers; an online reservation/pre-booking system; tiered pricing based on product differentiation; and an automated parking access, data and revenue control system to replace the current overloaded manual system. Changes will be made to bring the Port's entire parking and ground transportation model in line with industry standards followed by seaports and airports around the state and country. See consultant presentation of the new cruise parking system recommendations.

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