Mac McLouth Port Update: Gators Dockside To Replace Milliken’s, Cleaning the Lagoon and Cove Solution
GATORS DOCKSIDE TO TAKE OVER FORMER MILLIKENS REEF RESTAURANT SITE AT PORT CANAVERAL
WATCH: Malcolm “Mac” McLouth, a Republican candidate for Canaveral Port Authority District 5, provides an update on the new Gators Dockside restaurant at Port Canaveral, the port’s Masterplan regarding the Cove and how McLouth’s alternate Cove plan would save Port Canaveral millions, keep the traffic flowing at the port, all while helping to clean the lagoon. (Paid political advertisement for Mac McLouth, Republican candidate for Canaveral Port Authority District 5)
GATORS DOCKSIDE TO CREATE 150 NEW JOBS
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Malcolm “Mac” McLouth, a Republican candidate for Canaveral Port Authority District 5, talks about the new Gators Dockside restaurant opening at the closed Milliken’s Reef site and how the lagoon can be cleaned at the same time as an affordable new Cove at the Port may be developed.
Gators Dockside, the port’s newest restaurant, is planning to open its doors to the public during the second week of October. Employment applications for the 150 new jobs will be accepted beginning September 1.
Extensive inside and outside renovations are currently underway at the new Gators Dockside family restaurant at Port Canaveral. The new restaurant will operate on the site of the former Milliken’s Reef Restaurant, operated by Rhoda and Jason Solano, which closed its doors April 3.
According to its corporate website, Gators Dockside has 29 family-friendly, sports-themed restaurants in North America, including the latest addition at Port Canaveral.
With a 20-year record of outstanding food and service, Gators Dockside offers a fun atmosphere for everyone. Featuring big screen TVs and friendly service, Gators Dockside only uses the freshest quality ingredients for its burgers, hearty sandwiches, made-from-scratch ribs. entree salads and desserts.
Gators Dockside is very community-minded, supporting over 14 deserving charities.
MAC MCLOUTH: ITS TIME FOR THE PORT TO TAKE ACTION ON THE LAGOON
McLouth, Port Canaveral’s former CEO, and a civil and mechanical engineer, has developed a plan that he feels should be implemented by the port, which will create a new Cove area for workboats, moving them off the deep water bulkheads, while simultaneously creating a natural way to dilute the brown algae that is plaguing the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon.
McLouth is campaigning to become a Canaveral Port Authority commissioner because he feels that his many years of experience as the Port’s CEO and as a former port commissioner, he can provide invaluable insight into the many issues that the port will face moving forward. McLouth had retired 8 years ago to take care of his wife, but he is now ready, willing and able to serve the port again.
Port Canaveral’s current 10-year master plan calls for the existing Cove area to be enlarged and opened up to the main port channel, which will create space for workboats and more recreational areas for the Cove patrons.
McLouth estimates that his Cove plan will cost about 50% of what the Cove would cost under the current master plan.
However, McLouth feels that in doing so, the loss of the thoroughfare on Glen Cheek Drive will cause all kinds of commercial, traffic and safety issues. McLouth believes that by creating a new Cove area in the 40-acre Avocet Lagoon site to the west, the Port will develop the solution it needs for its work boats while simultaneously helping to clean the Indian River Lagoon with a tidal activated weir system.
“The weir will allow a huge amount of water to flow west into the Banana River, twice daily, 365 days a year, which could make a major impact to help clean the lagoon,” said Mclouth.
“Also in the event of an emergency like a hurricane, where there might be flooding in the rivers, the weir could be reversed to allow water to flow east and away from the residents of Brevard.”
The scientific community agrees that a big cause of the brown algae blooms is the reduction of the southerly flow of brackish (salt mixed with fresh) water, caused by causeways spanning the rivers of the lagoon, partially blocking the flow south. McLouth’s Port weir could immediately make a difference.
“Dilution is the Solution is my new motto,” said McLouth.
Paid political advertisement for Mac McLouth, Republican candidate for Canaveral Port Authority District 5.
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