Former Canaveral Port Authority CEO Charles Rowland Endorses Mac McLouth For Port Canaveral Commission

By  //  June 5, 2018

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'He (McLouth) has vast experience and an excellent record of accomplishment'

Former Port Canaveral Director/CEO Charles Rowland has endorsed Mac McLouth for the Port Canaveral Commission District 5 seat being contested during the 2018 election.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Former Port Canaveral Director/CEO Charles Rowland has endorsed Mac McLouth for the Port Canaveral Commission District 5 seat being contested during the 2018 election.

The Primary Election is set August 28 and the General Election will be held November 6.

“I hereby endorse Mac McLouth as the candidate for Commissioner of the Canaveral Port Authority,” said Rowland, who led the Port from 1980 until retiring in 2000.

“He has vast experience and an excellent record of accomplishment as both a Commissioner and as Chief Executive Officer of the Port. Mac knows the issues, the industry, and the parties involved. He has a clear vision for the continued responsible development and operation of Port Canaveral in the interest of all Brevard Citizens.”

Last week, Port Canaveral Commission District 5 candidate Dave Netterstrom announced that he was pulling out of the race and is also endorsing McLouth for the seat, which includes Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island.

Netterstrom served as the mayor of Cocoa Beach from 2012 to 2015 and was a city commissioner from 2010 to 2012.

“Its just not the right timing for me now,” said Netterstrom. “I support Mac McLouth for the seat.”

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McLouth, a Republican, said he decided to run at the urging of other port commissioners and trusted friends who often rely and call upon his intimate institutional knowledge and enthusiasm for Port Canaveral.

McLouth’s expertise and experience at Port Canaveral go back more than 51 years when in 1967 as a first-term port commissioner, he proposed that the authority make a pitch to the then brand new Walt Disney World as its “outlet to the sea” for both goods and people.

“I feel that I have a lot to offer Port Canaveral and I’m at the peak of my knowledge, energy and understanding of where the port has come from, where it is now and where it needs to be in the future,” said McLouth.

In addition to McLouth, other candidates vying for the Port Commission seat 5 are Democrat Maurice Boudreau, and Republicans Robyn Hattaway and Tim Macy.

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Tom Weinberg, a two-term District 5 Port Canaveral commissioner, announced in February that we won’t seek re-election.

Two other Port Canaveral commissioners are also up for re-election this year including District 3’s Wayne Justice and Jerry Allender of District 1. Currently, Democrat Elizabeth Lark-Riley is running against Justice, who is a Republican. Allender is currently unopposed.

The other port commissioners include Bob Harvey of District 4 and Micah Loyd of District 2.

If you plan to vote in the 2018  Primary Election, registration closes July 30. Early voting will begin August 18 and end August 25. Polls will then be open August 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For the 2018 General Election, which will take place November 6, registration closes October 9. Early voting will begin October 27 and  end November 3. Polls will then be open November 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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