Port Canaveral Hosts Federal Officials, Highlight Economic Significance and Future Plans For Port

By  //  August 17, 2017

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Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray (left) and Port Commission Vice Chairman Wayne Justice (right) hosted a tour of Port Canaveral operations for U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy. (center)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Port Canaveral welcomed U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) and representatives of her staff for a discussion on Port operations and a behind-the-scenes tour that highlighted the strategic importance of the Port as a world-class gateway for commerce and tourism driver for Central Florida.

Port Commission Vice Chairman Wayne Justice, Port CEO Capt. John Murray, and executive staff provided a briefing for the Congresswoman on the economic significance of the Port’s cruise, cargo, recreation, and logistics businesses in the region, as well as an overview of infrastructure plans as the Port charts a course for the future.

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to showcase all that Port Canaveral delivers to the local and regional economies, and to demonstrate to Congresswoman Murphy how we are well-positioned to capture emerging opportunities to create and sustain well-paying jobs in our community and beyond,” said Commissioner Wayne Justice.

John Murray

“Port Canaveral continues to experience growth in all sectors,” said Port CEO John Murray.

“We greatly appreciate Rep. Murphy’s interest in the Port and our role as an economic driver for Central Florida. We look forward to continuing to work with her and her dedicated staff in the future.”

Captain Murray led a roundtable discussion with the Congresswoman at the Port’s Maritime Center that focused on strategic plans for the future and stressed the importance of Port Canaveral as Central Florida’s premier maritime gateway.

Port officials provided overviews of development initiatives at Port Canaveral that include plans for a new $150 million mega cruise terminal and other investments in harbor and landside infrastructure, as well as work underway on a new port-wide strategic master plan, which is nearing completion.

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Port Canaveral is recognized as the second busiest cruise port in the world, and recently hit a milestone in cargo operations with auto imports, major improvements in cruise and cargo facilities, and leasing partnerships with commercial space operations.

U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. She currently serves on the powerful House Armed Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee, where she serves as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce.