WATCH: Mac McLouth Urges Brevard Commission To Ratify Sale of Popular Beachfront Jetty Park Land
By Space Coast Daily // July 10, 2018
BREVARD COUNTY COMMISSION WILL VOTE TO RATIFY SALE TODAY, REQUIRES SUPERMAJORITY APPROVAL
ABOVE VIDEO: Port Canaveral Commission candidate Malcolm “Mac” McLouth recently provided an update on Jetty Park and encouraged the Brevard County Commission to ratify the Port’s purchase of Jetty Park land.
MCLOUTH CANDIDATE FOR PORT COMMISSION DISTRICT 5 SEAT
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Port Canaveral Commission candidate Malcolm “Mac” McLouth recently provided an update on Jetty Park and encouraged the Brevard County Commission to ratify the Port’s purchase of Jetty Park land.
During a Port Commission meeting in May, the five-member Canaveral Port Authority commission voted unanimously to purchase for $863,950 the 9.6 acres of Jetty Park property owned by Brevard County.
“This is a great victory for our community and it shows that this is still the people’s port,” said McLouth, who had championed the purchase of the property.
McLouth is running for the Port Commission District 5 seat and has been encouraging the port to purchase the land for two years.
To ratify the sale, the Brevard County Commission is set to vote during its next meeting on Tuesday in Viera and must have at least a Supermajority vote of 4-1 for approval.
Jetty Park is a 45-acre public park at the east end of Port Canaveral, operated by the Canaveral Port Authority. Currently, 35.4 acres are owned by the Canaveral Port Authority and 9.6 acres are owned by Brevard County.
Originally, Jetty Park was operated by Brevard County. From 1986 to 1995, the county leased the land to the Canaveral Port Authority for a nominal consideration of $1 per year. In 1995, Port Canaveral took over all operations and maintenance responsibilities by agreeing to a 20-year lease of the county land. That lease agreement expired in December 2015.
During this lease period, the Canaveral Port Authority improved the county-owned 9.6 acres by constructing a new entrance road and related improvements.
“The port and the county have worked together for over 51 years to develop Jetty Park and they should take joint pride in its existence for being such a high quality, jewel of a public park and in the way that it serves Brevard,” said McLouth.
“Over the past 40 years, Jetty Park is a great example of how the county and the port have worked together to solve problems and improve the quality of life for Brevardians. The park is a tremendous asset for Brevard and hopefully, Brevard County commissioners will vote to keep Jetty Park intact allowing for continued terrific service for its guests.”
JETTY PARK Q&A
What if the CPA and Brevard County can’t reach an agreement? The CPA will continue to operate and maintain Jetty Park and ensure the public has access to it. If the CPA is no longer permitted to use the entrance road on the Brevard County-owned land, the CPA will re-open the original entrance to Jetty Park off of Christopher Columbus Drive. This will be done at no cost to the taxpayers of Brevard County. No other changes are expected at this time.
What will happen with the Brevard County-owned land? Brevard County will decide. The CPA hopes that Brevard County’s 9.6 acres will always be a public recreational park operated together with the CPA’s 35.4 acres. However, Brevard County, as the owner of the 9.6 acres, has the right to use the parcel as it deems necessary, including the right to sell or develop the parcel, subject to normal development requirements and restrictions.
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Mac McLouth, Republican candidate for Canaveral Port Authority District 5.
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