Port Canaveral approves new $85M cruise complex

Port Canaveral approves new $85M cruise complex

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Terminals 5, 6, 8 and 10, located on the north side of the harbor at Port Canaveral. Terminals 5, 6, 8 and 10, located on the north side of the harbor at Port Canaveral.
The $23 million Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral opened to the public on Monday, November 4. The $23 million Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral opened to the public on Monday, November 4.
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

In an unanimous vote, Port Canaveral Commissioners have approved building a new $80-$85 million cruise terminal and 1,000-vehicle parking facility to be located on the south side of the harbor in the Cove restaurant and retail area. 

Cruise visitors will be able to walk outside the 185,000-square-foot terminal to enjoy port destination options such as the newly-completed Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral or depart from the terminal to see other area attractions.

The new cruise terminal complex will handle the largest cruise ships currently sailing as well as the 6,000-passenger vessels in design.   Announcements regarding the new terminal's tenants are expected soon.

To accommodate the new terminal, the Board unanimously approved building a new, larger recreational boat ramp complex just west of Jetty Park at the channel's entrance to replace the current boat ramps at Freddie Patrick Park in the Cove.

The $23 million Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral opened to the public on Monday, with an observation deck, exhibits, auditorium, gift shop, café and event space for lease.  Port officials said they expect the 22,000-square-foot tower to be a "magnet for visitors to Brevard County."

Construction on the new cruise terminal complex is expected to begin in January, and the facility is scheduled to open in November 2014.

 

 

 

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