inlet1Port Canaveral
Ranks #1 in Inlet  
Management Funding

Port Canaveral, competing with many other Florida inlets, consistently ranks at or near the top in the state's Beach Management Funding Assistance list, largely due to the proactive and successful history of its Inlet Sand Management program. This program, recently updated to incorporate knowledge gained and expand its scope further south, earned the highest ranking in the state again for FY 2015-16.

Inlets alter the natural drift of sand. During its first 40 years, the Canaveral inlet created erosion on beaches to its south. However, Florida's first deepwater Inlet Management Plan, initiated by the Canaveral Port Authority in 1992, along with large-scale beach restoration sponsored by Brevard County, have restored these beaches to pre-inlet widths. The program is recognized and emulated globally.

Healthy beaches provide storm protection for beachside homes and businesses, habitat for local species, recreation and important tourism revenue.

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Canaveral Hosts First Community Talk
on Rail & Intermodal Transportation


The Canaveral Port Authority in April held the first of a series of community meetings to discuss the importance of rail and intermodal transportation to the future of Brevard County and the central Florida region.


The meeting provided an update on the Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project, which the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) is in the process of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine potential impacts of the project.


Speakers included Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh and Jim Dubea, Deputy Executive Director of Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships. Brad Swanson, State Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations Administrator for the Florida Department of Transportation, gave a presentation on the statewide initiative to expand multimodal capabilities.


"We were pleased that so many from the community attended and are interested in this project that is critical to multimodal growth and development for our region, state and nation,"   Walsh said. "The concerns of our community are important to us as we continue to live up to our responsibility to respond to the market and provide critically needed infrastructure in order to help our economy recover. We encourage the community to show its support of a rail extension in order to make this happen."


The most current information from the STB can be found on the Port Canaveral Rail Extension project website at More information about Port Canaveral and upcoming community meetings can be found at



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Big Brother Casting Call Catches
Hundreds of Locals

Big Brother Casting Call at Port Canaveral
Big Brother Casting Call at Port Canaveral
Cruise Terminal 2 at Port Canaveral served as the backdrop for hundreds of hopefuls who showed up at Victory Casino Cruises on Sunday, April 26, to audition for the 17th season of the reality show 'Big Brother.'

The open casting call attracted fans from Brevard County and throughout Florida. Those aspiring for a role in the house mingled with some of the previous stars of the show, including Evel Dick and Victoria Rafaeli, who greeted contestants as they arrived at the terminal.
'Big Brother' typically takes 16 contestants and isolates them from the outside world for three months. There are weekly evictions. The winner takes home $500,000.

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Canaveral Celebrates Earth Day
with Jetty Beach Cleanup

Staff from the Canaveral Port Authority, Keep Brevard Beautiful, Disney Cruise Line, Intercruises, MLSBC, Holiday Inn and the Port community participate in clean-up of Jetty Park Beach at Port Canaveral in celebration of Earth Day.

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Florida Couple Celebrates
100th Carnival Sensation Cruise
Couple Celebrates 100th Carnival Sensation Cruise
Bernard and Janice Caffary board
Carnival Sensation for 100th cruise
Bernard and Janice Caffary of Lakeland took their 100th cruise since 2003 aboard the Carnival Sensation, departing from Port Canaveral on March 15. According to Carnival Cruise Lines, no other customer has sailed that many times on the same Carnival ship in the company's 43-year history.

Janice Caffary, 68, says she and her husband, a 77-year-old retired submarine designer for General Dynamics, enjoy the shows and the food aboard the Sensation, but really love the interaction with the crew.

They have 24 cruises on their schedule this year. They have taken cruises from ports throughout Florida, as well as from Virginia, California and Hawaii.

But, with the Sensation based at Port Canaveral since 2006, many of their departures have been from Brevard County.

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Cove Expansion Moves Toward Construction

Cove Expansion Moves Toward Construction
Port CEO John E. Walsh provides update on
The Cove Development
In the process of making the dream of a bigger and better Cove into a visitor-attracting, income-producing, job-creating reality, three important steps are under way.
Site planning is being finalized for a new Phase 1 location along Mullet Drive and Flounder Street, between Cruise Terminal 1 and the Exploration Tower. The 14-acre site is expected to include 60,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space plus a 200-room full-service and upscale hotel. As part of this process, design standards for the project's coastal-casual look are being written and they will be incorporated in all future Cove leases.

A ground lease agreement between the Port Authority and its chosen development team of Sooner Investment and Collett will be signed in May or June, which will permit the developer to proceed with construction and leasing.
The Sooner team is marketing the project to potential tenants, approaching key large retailers first to build critical mass for the project and then a mix of smaller businesses. "We already have soft commitments for 20 percent of Phase 1," said Chris Challis of the Sooner team. "We have so much good information to put in front of potential tenants, it has made this atypical project quite easy to market."

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Carnival Expands Canaveral Fleet  
with Larger, Newer Ships
Starting in February 2016, Carnival Cruise Lines passengers sailing from Port Canaveral will have the larger Carnival Victory as their vessel for shorter vacations and in December 2016, those seeking weeklong Caribbean cruises will have the new
Carnival Magic as an option.

Carnival Victory will replace the Sensation, providing the popular three-and-four-day Bahamas itinerary with a 34-percent larger vessel that offers a greater variety of on-board features and amenities, including more than 500 balcony staterooms.

In addition, Carnival Magic will reposition to Canaveral, giving access to the line's newest class of ship and features such as a WaterWorks aqua park, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and SportSquare outdoor recreation area.
"We are significantly 'upping our game' in Port Canaveral with the addition of these great new ships to the important and growing Central Florida market," said Christine Duffy, Carnival's president. "When these ships join the spectacular Carnival Sunshine, this dynamic trio of 'Fun Ships' will offer our guests and valued travel agent partners with the widest array of attractive and convenient cruising options from the Space Coast," she added.
"We thank Carnival Cruise Lines for offering these exciting vacation options from Port Canaveral, and we are pleased that our strong partnership continues to grow and improve with the variety of diverse ships sailing from Orlando's Port," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "The announcements of these new deployments, coupled with recently announced Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Valor schedules, will allow a variety of options for short and longer cruises, with Bermuda now among the choices from Central Florida's Port of Choices."
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APR18: Vettes At The Port show sets record with 199 cars participating
APR17: Propeller Club of Port Canaveral hosts another successful ShrimpFeast

MAY 8-9: Saltwater Classic on ET Grounds         

MAY 13-17: Thunder on the Beach Boats on Display in the Cove

MAY 16: Central FL Shootout at Sunrise Marina

JUN 19 - JUN 20: Canaveral Mac Attack at Port Canaveral

JUL 2 - JUL 4: 6th Annual 4th of July Weekend Celebration


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