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Morton Salt Announces Major Expansion at Port
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Morton Salt Announces Major Expansion at Port
Morton Salt held a celebration event on October 27 to commemorate its plans for a major expansion of its Port Canaveral facility. The company is adding more than 45,000 square feet to modernize and initiate a new process line for food-grade sea and solar salt products. "This is a great day," said Morton Salt CEO Christian Herrmann. "We've been here at the Port for 25 years and we're just getting started."

The facility will use salt the company produces on the Bahamian island of Greater Inagua for its food-grade sea salt, in addition to the pool and water softener salts already produced at Port Canaveral. "Sea salt is popular right now," said Herrmann, "Using our own sources and controlling the quality and process from start to finish is a new and important step for us."

Morton considered multiple sites for the new facility but Port staff worked hard to keep the business, jobs and investment in Central Florida. "The Port's support and willingness to work with us was key," said Herrmann.

The facility is expected to be producing food-grade product by mid-year 2016. At full capacity, it will produce more than 300,000 tons of salt products per year.
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Canaveral Wins Best North American Homeport Recognition 
Each year, the international editors of Cruise Critic-the world's leading cruise reviews and resource site-select the cruise ships, lines and ports they feel best represent excellence. "Previously overshadowed by other Florida ports, Port Canaveral is one of the most up-and-coming cruise hubs in North America," according to editors.
Their review included praise for the Port's nearness to family-friendly activities -- including  Kennedy Space Center, pristine beaches and Orlando destinations. It also recommended the Port itself as "definitely worth a pre- or post-cruise visit" for recreation and shopping opportunities.

As one of the world's busiest cruise ports, Port Canaveral is expected to grow in the next three or four years from serving 4.2 million passengers to 6 million passengers annually. Major cruise lines continue to demonstrate their confidence by bringing in new ships. Next year, Canaveral's homefleet will increase to 10 with the addition of mega-ships Carnival Magic, Norwegian Epic and Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas
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Florida Biggest Beneficiary of Record Growth in Cruise Industry Spending
The U.S. cruise industry is healthy and growing at a record pace, with cruise lines redeploying capacity from Europe back to American shores as the economy here strengthens, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. 
Cruise passenger embarkations at U.S. ports rose to a record 11.06 million in 2014, with the largest one-year increase since 2004. Along with this robust growth came an increase in direct spending by the cruise lines, their passengers and crews, reaching a record $21 billion across the country.
Florida retains its place as the center of cruising in the United States with 6.89 million embarkations, 62 percent of the U.S. total. Combined, passengers, crew and cruise lines spent nearly $8 billion in Florida alone and this spending generated 146,401 jobs in the state.

Onshore spending for transportation, accommodations, food and other retail goods from the 10.5 million passenger and crew visits to Florida increased nearly 10 percent from 2013 to 2014, reaching a new U.S. record of more than $1 billion of personal spending in the state. 
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Vehicle Carrier Ship NYK Line's Neptune Leader Begins Monthly Service at Port Canaveral
Industry leader NYK, operator of the world's largest fleet of vehicle carrier ships, brought its Neptune Leader into Port Canaveral on October 11, the maiden visit in a new monthly service that will collect used vehicles from throughout Florida and the Southeast U.S. for export to Central and South America. The ship will arrive in Central Florida each month from Baltimore and Newark on its way to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rico, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
NYK's premier Leader class of vessels is capable of carrying up to 7,500 standard cars and engineered also to handle heavy-duty cargo such as plant equipment, agricultural and construction machinery.
The Port's Cargo Business Development team is working to bring vehicular imports into Central Florida via this service in the future.

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Cruise Terminal 5 Updates
to Meet Mega-Ship Needs

CT5 passenger gangway dismantled
as part of terminal renovation

A construction project is under way to upgrade and improve 24-year-old Cruise Terminal 5. The upgrades are necessary to serve Carnival Cruise Lines, which currently is unable to use the terminal for its larger modern ships. The upgraded terminal will serve Carnival's Valor, Sensation, Sunshine (soon to be replaced by the larger Carnival Magic) and Pride (ships already under contract) and potentially additional vessels from Carnival.

The total cost of terminal and waterside improvements and increased parking will be $41.8 million. The cost includes demolishing the raised roadway in front of the terminal; reworking roadways and internal terminal spaces for more efficient, safer flow of traffic, passengers and baggage; refreshing interiors; extending the pier and replacing gangways.

Parking options were discussed at length -- including a new garage, surface parking and satellite lots -- but cost, convenience and customer preference resulted in Commission approval in September for a multi-story 1,050-space parking garage.

Renovation of this terminal plus Cruise Terminal 10 will accommodate business now under contract plus some expansion and enable the Port Authority to delay construction of a new cruise terminal until a major cruise line signs a contract to bring in a new, huge ship.

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Cove Developer Agreement Finalized 
Following public input at the August meeting, the Port Commissioners voted to approve an amended Agreement with the Sooner/Collett Development team at a special public meeting in September.

The agreement grants the team a minimum development program consisting of an initial module of 80,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, entertainment and service uses plus a secondary 10,000-square-foot module. It also designates a Module H, reserved for a full-service hotel of at least 150 rooms, but allows the Port to develop this hotel site itself if it does not approve Sooner/Collett's customer.

The development team also receives an exclusive option to develop a 10-acre site known as the Future Development Area through December 2018, with right of first refusal for this area through December 2024. These options are for retail, restaurant, hotel and entertainment uses only and do not affect other usages (Port, maritime, etc.) or potential development of any kind in any other area of the Port.
Per the agreement, the Port is responsible for storm line relocation, road and intersection improvements and restrooms while the developer assumes responsibility for the buildings, utilities, parking, landscaping, irrigation and other site aspects. A 50/50 split of net cash flow is specified.

All ground leases for the current and future development sites must come to the Port Commission for approval before being executed. Certain uses have been prohibited and buildings must meet Port-approved architectural guidelines (currently under Port and public review).

Under the agreement, the Sooner team is responsible for commencing construction by June 2016, completing at least 52,000 square feet by January 2017 and at least 70,000 square feet by August 2017.

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Master Chef Features  
Fresh Wild Ocean Seafood
Located in Disney Springs in a unique building imported from Ireland, you can find a Master Chef -- Ireland's 2009 Chef of the Year and favorite of Queen Elizabeth and U2 -- preparing fresh seafood from Port tenant and commercial fishery Wild Ocean Seafood.

Kevin Dundon is the renowned chef at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, recipient of Orlando Magazine's Best Restaurant 2014 award. Having learned about Wild Ocean Seafood from one of the writers of Florida seafood cookbook "Good Catch," he traveled to the Port for a visit. 
"It's amazing to have a chef come personally," commented Wild Ocean Fishmonger Cinthia Sandoval. "He's truly passionate about cooking with fresh ingredients."

As a result, Raglan Road's menu now states that "Our seasonal specials feature Wild Ocean Seafood Market from Port Canaveral, local wild caught, fresh and sustainable seafood from a 3rd generation family-owned and operated business."

"We're so proud of being on that menu, chosen by a chef of that caliber and reputation," Sandoval said.

Recent seasonal offerings from Port Canaveral have included clams and Canaveral White shrimp. 
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Kiosk Businesses Debut in The Cove

East Coast Shades
New retail kiosks on the Cruise Terminal 1 plaza at the east end of The Cove are open for business. An October event celebrated these additions to the Port experience.
"The Cove tenants have been so supportive over the past five years as I developed my business in the Cove Marketplace, I wanted to give back," explained Sindy Smith, owner of East Coast Shades.
Among the activities was a scavenger hunt that directed participants to 14 venues throughout the Cove. "We had more people starting than finishing," commented Smith. "I think they got distracted enjoying the bars and restaurants, but that's just fine because we really wanted to show people how much fun our Cove has to offer."

The Lazy Pirate
In addition to East Coast Shades, specialists in high-quality eye protection, th e event highlighted the Ron Jon kiosk and the opening of The Lazy Pirate, a shop featuring sterling silver jewelry with a nautical theme.
John Gordon, co-owner of The Lazy Pirate with wife Kathy, said, "Great opening weekend! This is an exciting opportunity. We see where this Port is headed and there's nothing like it anywhere. The new Cove really is going to pull people in."
The kiosk businesses, in addition to marketing to local residents, will advertise on board port-of-call ships to help draw passengers into The Cove.

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