Showing posts with label Port Canaveral. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Port Canaveral. Show all posts

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 Kids Free Fishing Clinic In Port Canaveral

Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral, Florida

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida — Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling an appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the 23rd Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic, organizers say.

This free clinic annually held by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017,  at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal #3 located at 220 Christopher Columbus Drive in Port Canaveral, Florida. 

Registration for the clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bag lunch, folding chair, and water.

 


The clinic enables young people between the ages of 5 and 15 to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, rod and reel selection, knot tying, tackle selection, fishing ethics, plus water and boating safety.

There will be environmental displays of local marine wildlife and aquatic “touch” tanks to offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  Kids’ fishing clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it.  A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the one-hour clinic.

Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral, Florida

The event is a photo catch-and-release activity, and an adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596.


Photos: Brevard Times / File.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Coast Guard Suspends Search For Cruise Passenger Who Fell Off Carnival Liberty


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search on Saturday evening for a 32-year-old cruise ship passenger who went overboard from the Carnival Liberty cruise ship 10 miles northwest of Berry Islands, Bahamas on Friday.


Reco Scott of Decatur, Georgia reportedly went overboard from the ninth deck of the 952-foot long cruise ship at approximately 5 a.m. on Friday. The Carnival crew launched a search and contacted the Coast Guard at the Seventh Coast Guard District Command Center in Miami, Florida.

A Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter crew from Great Inaguas, Bahamas along with the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. were deployed to search fro the missing cruise ship passenger.  

The Carnival Liberty searched in the area along with two other vessels, including the Norwegian Jade cruise ship. Unable to locate Scott, the Carnival Liberty later resumed its course and finally reached the Bahamas just after 4 p.m. on Friday. The Carnival Liberty initially sailed out of Port Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Scott during this extremely difficult time,” said Christopher Eddy, search and rescue mission coordinator for the Coast Guard Seventh District command center. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make and it is made with great care and consideration.”

Photo credit: USCG

Sunday, April 2, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Responds To Boat Collision Off Port Canaveral


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – Two boats collided in the Atlantic Ocean two miles east of Port Canaveral, Florida on Sunday afternoon.


Around 3:30 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received a call from the crew aboard the 48-foot fishing vessel Joyce Marie following a collision between the commercial fishing vessel’s outrigger and a 25-foot recreational boat. 

The Coast Guard Station in Port Canaveral then launched a 45-foot medium-crew Response Boat to assist the boaters. The Coast Guard took aboard two adults and two children from the recreational boat after it had become disabled. The boaters were taken to nearby Jetty Park where emergency service personnel were awaiting. Minor injuries were reported to the adult male.

The Coast Guard is investigating the collision.

ABOVE PHOTO: A U.S. Coast Guard medium-crew Response Boat. Credit: U.S.C.G.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Florida Deputy Saves Jet Skiing Spring Breakers From Cruise Ship Collision


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – A Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy saved two women who fell off a jet ski from a fatal collision with a oncoming cruise ship on Saturday in Port Canaveral, Florida.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Saves Sea Turtle At Port Canaveral


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – On the morning of Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Brevard County Sheriff's Office Corporal Evan Hightower responded to a report of a sea turtle in distress near the rocks at Jetty Park in Port Canaveral, Florida. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Micah Loyd, Bob Harvey Win Election Re-Count For Canaveral Port Authority


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – Canaveral Port Authority candidates Micah Loyd and Bob Harvey have officially won the 2016 Republican Primary, according to official election results released by Brevard County Supervisor of Elections, Lori Scott, Saturday afternoon.

Loyd narrowly defeated Glenn Willis by only 61 votes, 19,516 to 19,455. Harvey had a slightly higher margin of 128 votes, unseating incumbent Bruce Deardorff 19,745 to 19,617.

“I have been notified that I have won the election for Port Authority Seat 2,” Loyd announced on his Facebook page. “Thank you again for your support. I could not have done this without you. I’d also like to thank Glenn Willis for being a worthy opponent and running a tough race. Now, it’s time to get to work.”

“I have just come from the Supervisor of Elections office where the official recount has confirmed that we have won the election for Port Commissioner District #4,” wrote Harvey on his Facebook page. “Again, many thanks to all of you who voted for me and especially those who helped the campaign.”

Photo credit: Candidate websites.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CDC Issues Zika virus travel notice for The Bahamas


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – The U.S. Center for Disease Control posted a Zika virus travel notice for The Bahamas on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, after local transmission of Zika were reported on the island of New Providence, which includes the capital city of Nassau.


The Bahamas are a popular cruise destination from ports throughout Florida, including the world’s most popular cruise port, Port Canaveral.  All four cruise lines departing from Port Canaveral, Florida (Carnival, Disney, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian) offer Bahamian destinations on their cruise itineraries.

As more information becomes available, the CDC said that its travel notices will be updated. Travelers to areas with cases of Zika virus infection are at risk of being infected with the Zika virus. Mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters. They also bite at night. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika virus. The best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

The CDC warns that some travelers to areas with Zika will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home and they might not have any symptoms. To help stop the spread of Zika, travelers should use insect repellent for three weeks after travel to prevent mosquito bites.

Some people who are infected do not have any symptoms, according to the CDC. People who do have symptoms have reported fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. The sickness is usually mild with symptoms that last from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and the number of deaths is low. Travelers to areas with Zika should monitor for symptoms or sickness upon return. If they become sick, they should tell their healthcare professional when and where they have traveled.



Photo credit: Brevard Times / file.  Map credit: CDC

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Port Canaveral Has Several Job Openings, Now Hiring

Job openings at Port Canaveral, Florida

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – The Canaveral Port Authority announced that it has several different positions available and is asking interested individuals to apply. Below are the current Port Canaveral job openings. To apply, visit http://www.portcanaveral.com/Careers.

Position: Line Handling Associate
Salary: $11.30 – $12.40 per hour

This position’s primary function is to safely and efficiently secure and remove a ship’s dock lines at the Port (Port Canaveral). The employee will be expected to perform heavy manual labor for extended periods of time in all weather conditions. This position is also responsible for cleaning and maintaining the Port’s commercial cruise and cargo docks. This position reports to the Harbormaster Office. This position will require the employee to work weekends and holidays. Candidate must successfully complete the Port’s line handling training within the 90-day training period.

 







Position: Maintenance Technician IV (HVAC specific)
Salary: $12.78 – $27.02 per hour

This position is the individual on staff of the Canaveral Port Authority responsible for the general maintenance of all port property. This position reports directly to the Facilities Supervisor and focuses primarily on our cruise terminals

Position: Maintenance Technician IV (electrician specific)
Salary: $12.78 – $27.02 per hour

This position is the individual on staff of the Canaveral Port Authority responsible for the general maintenance of all port property, but focusing primarily on HVAC/R Equipment.

Position: Maintenance Technician 1
Salary: $10.12 – $18.90 per hour

This position is the individual on staff of the Canaveral Port Authority responsible for the general maintenance of all port property. This position reports directly to the Facilities Manager and focuses primarily on our cruise terminals.

Position: Supply Clerk 1
Salary: $10.12 – $18.90 per hour

This individual will perform routine, manual and detailed clerical work involved with receiving, storing, stocking and inventory duties in a storeroom. This position answers directly to the Operations Manager and supervised by Maintenance and Landscape Supervisors. The Supply Clerk responds to requests of Operation Department Crew Leaders and Team Members.

Position: Specialist II, Construction Administration
Salary: $13.50 – $21.60 per hour

Performs specialized clerical and administrative duties in Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure department. Performs various special programs in insurance and sales tax saving programs. Works directly with contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and external agencies. Reports to the Project Controls Manager of Engineering.


Position: IT Support Analyst, Associate I
Salary: $37,000 – $50,000

The IT Support Analyst is a hands-on role that requires an excellent communicator with an ability to use their own initiative to work as a team or independently. The candidate will be responsible for supporting 200 users both on-site and remotely in a fast paced environment within a team of 4 skilled IT professionals. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and ideally has a basic understanding of networking, desktop support, servers as well as application support. This is a dynamic support role with growth potential where pro-activity, documentation skills, compliancy and solution driven mindset is required. This position is frequently the “face of IT” within the organization and needs to convey an attitude of caring and competence in all interactions. This role offers an individual with the basic skills the opportunity to expand their knowledge into all aspects of core IT administration, networking and innovation. The department’s focus is to grow a first class internal IT operation, which provides the tools, procedures, methods, support and infrastructure for a rapidly expanding operation spanning 18 facilities.

Position: Parking Attendant Level 1 – Part Time
Salary: $9.07 per hour

The Parking Attendant, Level 1 position assists in the execution of all ground operations, paid parking lot activities and assists with arriving/departing cruise ship operations, including line handling and gangway operation. This position reports to the Parking Supervisor. The Canaveral Port Authority is a 24/7 operation; 365 days a year. Note: This position is a part-time position and is not benefit eligible. 

For more job openings in Brevard County, visit: http://jobs.brevardtimes.com

Photo credit: Canaveral Port Authority

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Where to Watch Fireworks in Port Canaveral for 4th of July 2016

Fireworks at Port Canaveral, Florida

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida –  Port Canaveral will have a fireworks display over the harbor to celebrate Independence Day that can be viewed by the public from The Cove at Port Canaveral area located on Glen Cheek Drive on Saturday, July 2, 2016. The fireworks will start at dark (approximately 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time).

 


Although the event is free to the public, there will be a $5 parking fee.

The fireworks in Port Canaveral are part of a three-day celebration of “Smoke on the Water” firework displays. The other fireworks displays scheduled for 2016 in the area are:


Photo credit: Brevard Times / File.

Friday, June 17, 2016

2016 Kids Free Fishing Clinic In Port Canaveral

Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral, Florida

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida — Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling an appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the 22nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic, organizers say.

This free clinic takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 25, 2016,  at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal #3 located at 220 Christopher Columbus Drive in Port Canaveral. 

Registration for the clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bag lunch, folding chair, and water.

 


The clinic enables young people between the ages of 5 and 15 to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, rod and reel selection, knot tying, tackle selection, fishing ethics, plus water and boating safety.

There will be environmental displays of local marine wildlife and aquatic “touch” tanks to offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  Kids’ fishing clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it.  A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the one-hour clinic.

Kid's Fishing Clinic At Port Canaveral, Florida

The event is a photo catch-and-release activity, and an adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596 or visit the Florida Sport Fishing Association Facebook page.


Photos: Brevard Times / File.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Port Canaveral Donates $100K To Support Indian River Lagoon Public Education


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – On Friday, the Canaveral Port Authority presented a $100,000 check to Dr. Duane DeFreese, Director of the Indian River Lagoon Council, in support of public education to address the causes of damage to the estuary and motivate collaborative community action on the solutions.

Presenting the check were Port Commissioners Bruce Deardoff and Wayne Justice. Port CEO John Murray and Port Director of Environmental Bob Musser also attended.


The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously voted for the contribution in May. The Board and audience applauded the proposal from Commissioner Bruce Deardoff, who said pollution from the past 100 years will not be an overnight fix, but change begins with raising public awareness and motivating the community to action.

“The continuing damage being inflicted upon the Indian River Estuary by the more than 1900 storm-water drainage pipes directing millions of gallons of fertilizer, leaves, freshwater sludge, and numerous pollutants into the lagoon is a major part of the problem,” according to Deardoff. “Identifying the problems is the first step, however, our intent is for the development of a long-term management plan that allows all of the community to participate in the solution.“

“Port Canaveral has a rich history of environmental stewardship and today’s vote demonstrates our continued commitment to our community as we work together for the protection of our area’s natural resources,” said Commissioner Chairman Jerry Allender.

Photo credit: Canaveral Port Authority

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Thunder On Cocoa Beach Super Boat Race Avoids Sea Turtles

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

COCOA BEACH and PORT CANAVERAL, Florida — Event organizers for the 2016 “Thunder on Cocoa Beach” super boat race addressed concerns many locals have about potential harm to sea turtles on the beach and in the ocean.
 
 

“Each year we work hand in hand with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society to ensure the safety of sea turtle nests and turtles in the waters off Cocoa Beach,” organizers wrote in their Facebook page.

During the month of May, both leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles are nesting along Brevard County’s beaches. Florida’s Space Coast has more loggerhead nests each year than anywhere else in the United States. Last year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission counted 23,977 Loggerhead nests on Brevard County beaches. 

“For the entire week leading up to the races we have spotters on the beach every morning looking for nests. If any are found they are marked and roped off. If the nests are in areas where the race event takes place we have a contingency plan in place to move the event setup as to not disturb the nests,” organizers wrote. 

In addition to leatherbacks and loggerheads, Kemps Ridley and green sea turtles inhabit the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cocoa Beach and inside the mouth of Port Canaveral.

“During the races we have our “Turtle Spotters” in the air flying with Florida Air Tours and Super Boat International, in boats on the race course and on the beach,” wrote organizers. “If any turtles are on the race course before the races we will not begin until they are safely off the course. If any turtles are spotted during the races we will throw the caution flag and the boats will stop until the course is cleared. Neither of which has ever happened. Thanks to our dedicated Turtle Spotters, the staff at the Sea Turtle Preservation Society and our wonderful race fans there has never been an injured sea turtle or turtle nest in the history of Thunder On Cocoa Beach and we will work tirelessly each year to keep it that way.”


Thunder On Cocoa Beach Super Boat Race


Super Boat Race Time And Route


On May 15, 2016, the first super boat race start time is at noon, followed by a second race that begins at 2 p.m. The race route runs from the Cocoa Beach Pier to Lori Wilson Park. The race will also pass Fischer Park, and Shepard Park.

For more information, visit www.thunderoncocoabeach.com

Photo credits: Sea Turtle / FWC. SuperBoats / Brevard Times.

Monday, May 9, 2016

2016 Cocoa Beach Super Boat Races This Weekend



COCOA BEACH and PORT CANAVERAL, Florida — The 7th annual “Thunder on Cocoa Beach” super boat race has returned once again to Florida’s Space Coast. According to event organizers, this year’s race will feature more world class race teams than ever before. 
 
 

Friday May 13: Parade of Super Boats

From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Super Boat Parade will head south along State Road A1A from Port Canaveral  to downtown Cocoa Beach. A block party and VIP race party will be take place later that night in downtown Cocoa Beach.


Saturday May 14: Race Village Opens

The Race Village on Dave Nesbit Drive in the Cove at Port Canaveral will open from noon until 10 p.m. on May 14, 2016.  The event will feature the powerboats on display along with food, drink, live music, and the 2016 Miss Thunder on Cocoa Beach Bikini Contest .


Sunday May 16: Race Day

On May 15, 2016, the first super boat race start time is at noon, followed by a second race that begins at 2 p.m. The race route runs from Jetty Park to Lori Wilson Park. The race will also pass The Cocoa Beach Pier, Fischer Park, and Shepard Park.

For more information, visit www.thunderoncocoabeach.com

Photo: Brevard Times / file.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Zika Virus Now In All Major Florida Tourism Counties

Map of Florida counties where Zika cases have been detected.
Map of Florida counties where Zika cases have been detected. Credit: Brevard Times


ORLANDO, Florida – According to Florida Surgeon General Dr. Armstrong’s Zika report for February 19, 2016, the first case of the Zika virus has been reported in Orange County – the Florida county that encompasses Orlando and Florida's major theme parks: Universal Studios; Walt Disney World; and Sea World.  


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rare Hybrid Sea Turtle Discovered On Florida Space Coast


Green Sea Turtle / Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hybrid

Researchers suspect that they have discovered a rare hybrid sea turtle as a result of inter-species mating between a green sea turtle and a loggerhead sea turtle. Credit:  University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research Group via Facebook.


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – Researchers with the University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research Group suspect that they have discovered a rare hybrid sea turtle as a result of inter-species mating between a green sea turtle and a loggerhead sea turtle.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Slammed By Storm

Photos by passengers show the wreckage aboard the Royal Carribean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas. Credit:  @LeannaPetrone via Twitter.
 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thousands of Coffee Cans Wash Ashore On Florida Beach

Columbia Elizabeth

INDIALANTIC and MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida – Thousands of Café Bustelo and Café Pilon coffee cans and packages washed up on beaches in south Brevard County, Florida early Tuesday morning. 
 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Barge Loses Containers Between Port Canaveral and West Palm Beach

A barge container ship is towed to Port of Palm Beach on Sunday. While en route to Puerto Rico, several cargo containers fell overboard off the coast of Port Canaveral, Fla. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
PORT CANAVERAL and WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – U.S. Coast Guard crews are responding to reports of multiple containers falling from a barge container ship off Florida's east coast between Port Canaveral and West Palm Beach on Sunday.
 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh Forced To Resign


PORT CANAVERAL, FL – In a 4-to-1 vote on Wednesday, Port Commissioners and Port CEO John E. Walsh agreed that his last day as Canaveral’s chief executive officer would be January 21, 2016.