Thursday December 17, 2020

The Official Newsletter of Port Canaveral

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Welcome to the November/December edition of Waypoint+ A Port Canaveral Newsletter! Our goal is to keep you informed of the latest news at the Port and stay connected with our extended community.

Canaveral Port Authority serves the region, our customers, and constituencies by facilitating domestic and international maritime commerce, creating positive regional economic impact while maintaining transparency, effective planning and sound fiscal management practices. As always, we welcome your comments and questions.

Message from the CEO

Dear Port Canaveral Family,
Port Canaveral remains ready and committed to providing the resources necessary for the resumption of cruises. Our cruise partners are working through a phased return to service based on framework contained in the Conditional Sail Order issued by the CDC.
On November 12, I delivered the 2020 State of the Port presentation to our Commissioners, stakeholders, and to the community. This year, the address was held virtually, with a small socially-distanced audience in the Commission meeting room. Watch the entire event here.
This holiday season, it’s more important than ever to reach out, spread joy, and stay connected with friends and family. Take a moment to pause and remember the things you are thankful for. Wishing all of you a healthy and joyous holiday season, from our family to yours.
Captain John W. Murray
Port Director and CEO

Message from the Commissioners

Newly-elected Port Commissioner Kevin Markey was sworn in to office at the December 9th Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting. He will be filling the District 4 seat that was previously held by Commissioner Bob Harvey, who did not seek re-election this term.

Commissioner Markey is a real estate and business law attorney from Merritt Island. Commissioner Markey was sworn in alongside Commissioner Micah Loyd, who was re-elected in November. We wish Bob Harvey fair winds and following seas in his next endeavor and welcome Commissioner Markey to Port Canaveral!

The next Canaveral Port Authority commission meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th at 9:00 AM. The Commission meeting will be held at the Maritime Center with modifications to keep participants and visitors socially-distanced. The meeting will also be available for live stream viewing on the Port Canaveral website or on the Port Canaveral Facebook page.

Adjusting Course

2020 State of the Port Address

Capt. John Murray, Port Canaveral CEO, delivered the first “virtual” State of the Port presentation on November 12. The event was delivered online live, and to a small, socially-distanced audience in the Commission meeting room.

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A Rally for the Safe Return to Work

Workforce members from all sectors of the cruise line industry came together at Cruise Terminal 1 recently to have their voices heard. Rallies just like this one occurred simultaneously at other cruise seaports around Florida and Galveston, Texas.

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Disney Wonder Stopped By...Twice

WONDERing why this beautiful Disney Cruise Line ship visited Port Canaveral this past month? She was here for a routine lay berth stop for provisions and routine maintenance.

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Cruise Terminal Parking to Feature E-PASS® Technology

E-PASS, the automated contactless transaction technology system will be unveiled at the new Cruise Terminal 3 parking garage and implemented at all Port cruise terminal garages!

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Around the Port

(L-R) Lt. Richard Quintana, USCG; Capt. John Murray, Port CEO; Barry Compagnoni, Port Canaveral; Capt. Mark Vlaun, USCG; Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Chairman, Canaveral Port Authority; Lt. Cmdr. John DiNino, USCG

Canaveral Port Authority Named Port Authority of the Year

Port Canaveral has received the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2020 Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for maritime security excellence. The Port received notification of the award from Admiral Karl L. Schultz, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Port Canaveral was selected as the national Port Authority recipient “for demonstrating the industry’s overall commitment to maritime security and safeguarding the nation’s vital Marine Transportation System.”

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The Season of Giving is Here

Watch as Port Canaveral's "elves" build bicycles donated by employees for Toys for Tots this holiday season

Port Canaveral Makes National Headlines

Port Canaveral received national media attention with numerous reports on the devastating effect of the pause of the cruising industry. On December 1, FOX Business News reporter Ashley Webster spent an entire day reporting live from CT3, looking at how cruise ports and the support businesses have been affected. The seven reports were viewed by over 1.3 million people.

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A Real Estate Outlook

Port Canaveral’s real estate business remained steady during FY 2020 despite the economic challenges posed by the global pandemic. Last year, revenues from real estate accounted for approximately 8 percent of the Port’s total earnings.

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Shooting Star Returns Home

Last April, CPA's Bob Musser, Kyle Lewis and Deputy Frank Flake of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit rescued an injured sea turtle from the waters of the Port. After months of rehabilitation, the turtle was able to regain strength and was recently released back into the water just a few miles from the Indian River Lagoon.

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