The public response to the Port Canaveral 30 year master plan has showed calls for the port to add an aquarium to the plan.
Port Canaveral, Florida, revealed a range of public feedback on the plans, which will be voted on in early 2018 by port commissioners.
Calls for an aquarium were made in line with a proposal offered in 2015 by Brevard Zoo.
The master plan has a number of components. It includes the construction of three new cruise terminals by 2030, a conference centre, space for new restaurants, a commercial fishing village, a new park, a “spaceport area” for the commercial space industry, a ground transportation centre, a service harbour, space for offices and maritime businesses along George King Boulevard and a new bicycle path/”linear park” connecting the port’s park areas and additional cargo area improvements.
Consultant Luis Ajamil, chief executive officer of Miami-based Bermello Ajamil & Partners, will tweak the proposals based on public feedback and present the commissioners with a new plan by the end of the month.
Ajamil said the total cost of the capital improvements contained in the master plan is $2.54 billion over 30 years, including around $700 million for maintenance projects.
Florida Today reports that Ajamil said: “The plan has been a very thoughtful design approach to decision-making that started with market studies,” and later included several rounds of public comment and meetings with port users. “We’ve had a lot of interest on all the areas that the port is involved with.”
“The plan is a vision,” Ajamil told port commissioners. “It gives you a guidance of what the opportunities are. You will execute the plan as you see fit, as it comes forward. We’re not making a decision at this point to go and build a $2.6 billion program. It begins to put order in the way that the port will be developed in the future. It’s a very manageable plan and, I think, orderly.”
Plans to transform the port into an entertainment destination have been under review since 2011.
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