WATCH: Canaveral Port Authority Candidate Mac McLouth Details His Vision For Port Canaveral

By  //  April 4, 2018

Highly Experienced port executive and civil engineer

ABOVE VIDEO: Malcolm “Mac” McLouth, a candidate for the Port Canaveral District 5 seat, discusses his vision for the future of Port Canaveral, along with the challenges that the port is facing in the next few years.

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Malcolm “Mac” McLouth, a Republican candidate for Port Canaveral District 5, discusses his vision for the future of Port Canaveral, along with the challenges to be faced by the port – one of the region’s most important economic engines.

McLouth, a driving force of the progress of Port Canaveral since the 1970s, has served as a port commissioner nine times and as the CEO for four years.

McLouth, a civil engineer, has devoted a large part of his career to the creation and advancement of Port Canaveral and is now running again for the District 5 seat.

In a Space Coast Daily interview, McLouth addresses these important factors that the port has addressed and ones that it will face in the years to come:

  • Port Canaveral is currently No. 2 in cruise passengers in the world – second to the Port of Miami. McLouth’s vision is for Port Canaveral to overtake Miami and become No. 1 within 3 years.
  • Key decisions that the port will face, to address and move in the right direction, engaging the Port’s Master Plan.
  • Tough decisions that the port authority will have to make in the short term.
  • Where will the port be in five years and how do we get there?
  • The port’s cargo business – is rail in the future for the port?
  • The port’s ancillary business lines – Cemex and others.
  • Other forms of trade opportunity for the port.
  • The port’s role in the Indian River Lagoon cleanup and going green at the port.
  • Port Canaveral as one of the cleanest big ports in the world.


McLouth’s expertise and experience at Port Canaveral go back more than 51 years when in 1967 as a first-term port commissioner, McLouth 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.

In the six decades since, McClouth has been a visionary and loyal servant to the development and success of Port Canaveral, which is now the second busiest cruise port in the world – and a major economic driver for the region.

McLouth was honored for his service by Port Canaveral in 1995 by putting his name on the Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier at Jetty Park, which is a landmark 1,200-foot public fishing pier at the opening to the channel into the Atlantic Ocean.

McLouth 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.

“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 McClouth.

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Currently, there are two other registered candidates for this year’s election to the Port Canaveral District 5 seat.

Candidates include Maurice Boudreau, a Democrat who resides in Merritt Island and is president of the East Merritt Island Homeowners Association; and Republican Robyn Hattaway, an attorney from Merritt Island who was a candidate for Brevard County Commission in District 2, but dropped out of that race and entered the Port Canaveral commission race.

Canaveral Port Authority District 5 includes Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral.

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, there are no other candidates in either race.

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

For more information about Mac McLouth visit or call 321-794-4078.

ABOVE VIDEO: Mac McLouth talks about the history of Port Canaveral and the Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier at Jetty Park, which has reopened after repairs because of damages caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.