VIDEO: Florida Gov. Rick Scott Highlights Job-Creating Seaport Investments During Port Canaveral Visit
By Space Coast Daily // March 2, 2017
state has invested $1.2 billion in Florida’s seaports
ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the Port on February 6 to build support for his $10.8 billion for transportation investments in the 2017-18 state budget.
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the Port in February to build support for his $10.8 billion for transportation investments in the 2017-18 state budget.
During the past six years, the state has invested $1.2 billion in Florida’s 15 seaports. Scott’s new “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget continues to make these resources a priority by recommending an additional $178.2 million for seaport infrastructure projects, including $8 million for Port Canaveral.
The Port Authority is using about $8.8 million from the current state budget for internal road and pier improvements and is seeking state support for projects on several surrounding state roads, including replacement of the outdated State Road 401 drawbridge, the sole access route to its north-side cargo and cruise areas.
“We have great plans to continue growing and supporting our community,” said Port Authority Chairman Tom Weinberg. “It is clear Governor Scott knows that by strategically investing in our seaports, we’re investing in opportunities for our state’s businesses, families and visitors.”
Port CEO John Murray said, “As the gateway to Central Florida and the second busiest cruise port in the entire world, Port Canaveral is proud of the incredible impact we have on the State of Florida. Governor Scott’s proposed investments are crucial to continuing this success.”
According to a recent report from the Florida Ports Council,, Florida’s 15 seaports are responsible for $117.6 billion in economic activity, supporting nearly 900,000 jobs, $40 billion in personal income and $4.3 billion in state and local tax revenue.
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