Port Canaveral is at it again, as they prepare to release and discuss its new Master Plan that will guide a $2.6 BILLION expansion over the next 30 years. It is a very aggressive plan that calls for a newly dredged Cove entertainment area, as well as revamped cruise facilities at the eastern end of the port which could threaten the “new” boat ramps next to Jetty Park.
Originally the Port had said that the plan would not be released prior to the last public meeting scheduled for October 16 at 10 am at the Maritime Center. That was until tedlund.com filed a Freedom of Information Act requesting release of the document which was produced with public funds. You can view the plan here.
For members of the community that would like more information and a chance to discuss the new plan prior to the meeting, the East Merritt Island Home Owners Association will be hosting a forum on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Lighthouse Christian Church Auditorium, 1250 N. Banana River Drive, Merritt Island. The meeting is open to all members of the public regardless of whether you belong to the group or not.
Folks, this plan is going to drastically impact our community and could touch every property owner in the five port districts in the form of a property tax, which only requires the vote of three commissioners with no public input or referendum. So hang on to your wallets. It’s likely going to be a bumpy ride.