Construction of the new terminal begins

cen_canaveralWith the New Year starts the construction of the new Port Canaveral Terminal 1. The $50.5 million facility is scheduled to open in November 2014. The new terminal will be the first on the south side of the harbor and the only one having dining and entertainment options in walking distance. It will also be near the newly opened Exploration Tower and a grear start point for area excursion.

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Port Canaveral commissioners selected local firm Ivey’s Construction of Merritt Island, Florida to build the 187,500 square foot two-story terminal, the 1,400-foot-long berth and th parking for 1,000 vehicles. During construction the boat ramps at Freddie Patrick Park in the Cove will remain open. The parking will be relocated south of the current parking area. This temporary parking will be in place until the new boat ramp facility is constructed just west of Jetty Park near the entrance of the Port’s harbor. The new boat ramp facility is expected to be complete in July 2014.

The terminal will handle the port’s largest cruise ships and tenants for the terminal will be announced soon, according to a news release.

“No specific ships are in mind, but we will be able to accommodate all new ships coming for home port and port of call, including the Quantum coming here in fall 2014 for Port of Call visits from New York,” said. Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh

There are already theories on which ships will come after the new terminal is completed.

During construction the boat ramps at Freddie Patrick Park in the Cove will remain open. The parking will be relocated south of the current parking area. This temporary parking will be in place until the new boat ramp facility is constructed just west of Jetty Park near the entrance of the Port’s harbor. The new boat ramp facility is expected to be complete in July 2014.

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