VETS
PATRIOTIC BON VOYAGE FOR VETERANS
AND FIRST RESPONDERS
Port Canaveral marked the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a patriotic motorcycle escort and streets lined with employees and families with flags.  The show of support greeted about 50 local military veterans and first responders who were bused to Cruise Terminal 1 for a three-day Reintegration and Recuperation retreat aboard Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas.

Sponsored by AVET Project, the trip, the second cruise by the group, was an instructional outing as well as a chance for some fun. Escorting the group to the Port were motorcyclists with Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder, as well as riders from the community who had read about the event.  Staff greeted the group at the Port's entrance while supporters formed two lines and applauded the procession as participants entered Cruise Terminal 1 from the parking garage.

Three days aboard the Enchantment of the Seas gives the group plenty of time for instruction and counseling on topics such as federal and state benefits, vocational rehabilitation, and different ways to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual trauma and physical disabilities.

"We have classroom time to teach them about alternative therapies and what assistance is available to them," said AVET Project Executive Director Kim Cone, wife of group President and founder Garren Cone. AVET is a non-profit organization helping the military and their families.


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PET LOVERS TURN OUT  
FOR FIRST PAWS AND PINTS
Canaveral Port Authority paid tribute to our furry friends during the first Paws and Pints at the Port.

The event at Exploration Tower on October 17 was held in partnership with SPCA, the Brevard Humane Society and Brewmasters Invitational. It was designed to draw animals and their owners to the Port and included activities such as a pet agility course and a doggie fun zone for our four-legged companions and a bounce house, fun zone, and face painting for the children. Participants also enjoyed live music and food vendors.


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Seafarers
SEAFARER'S MINISTRY SECOND GALA DRAWS ENTHUSIASM AND SUPPORT
The Space Coast Seafarer's Ministry, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the cruise and cargo ship crewmembers that visit Port Canaveral, held its second annual fundraising Gala on September 17 at the Radisson Resort at the Port.

The Gala attracted nine more sponsors than last year's maiden event and was attended by nearly 400 people. It raised $62,000 for the Cape Canaveral-based Center.

"We are very, very pleased with how our volunteers worked for the success of this event and the response from the public," said Director Rev. Mark Wodka.

In addition to a dinner, the event featured local musician Angela Bell playing nautical themed piano music and special guest Dennis Swanberg, who delivered an uplifting message through comedy and impersonations.

The ministry's next fundraising mission will be a capital campaign to raise $80,000 for a kitchen addition.


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EMBARK
PORT HOSTS EMBARK PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY  
Port Canaveral played host to more than 40 Brevard County 3rd grade teachers, who took part in a Brevard County Schools Professional Development Day (PDD). The PDD, focusing on the EMBARK program, was designed so that educators could become even more familiar with the lesson plans and how to conduct their own on-site field experience tours.

The typical tour includes stops at Wild Ocean Seafood Market, the Canaveral Lock, an oversize Caribbean Map painted on a parking lot, and Jetty Park, with companion activities and lessons at each.

The EMBARK curriculum is based on Port Canaveral and address a number of Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Common Core State Standards.
 
The lessons begin with web-based modules in the classroom that integrate the resources of Port Canaveral with science, social studies, math, language arts, writing, and technology standards.


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DISNEY CREW HELPS BUILD BOARDWALK FOR PINE ISLAND FACILITY   
 
Crew members from Disney Fantasy, a homeported cruise ship at Port Canaveral, recently helped build the boardwalk leading to a new park pavilion at Pine Island Conservation Area on Merritt Island.

Their efforts were part of Disney's "VoluntEARS" program, in which Disney Cruise Line crew members and other staff donate personal time to benefit worthwhile causes in Brevard County and other port communities.

The Pine Island Conservation Area, which is off State Road 3 (North Courtenay Parkway) and just south of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, is a 1,000-acre site with a variety of birds and other wildlife. Pine Island is jointly owned by the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and the St. Johns River Water Management District. Its recreational offerings include hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing and fishing.

Disney Cruise Line has held volunteer projects in Brevard County since it began sailing out of Port Canaveral in 1998, including cleaning up beaches, building playgrounds and packing food kits for those in need.

Disney now has its two largest ships based at Port Canaveral year-round, and has a third ship based there in the winter months. 

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