Port Canaveral sees $25M expansion, balances several bustling industries

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Heidelberg Material’s new nearly $25-million expansion at Port Canaveral adds 200,000 tons of capacity to support construction projects throughout Florida and beyond.

It also adds another 40 jobs to the port’s growing community.


The port is growing in several areas, including industrial, space, cargo, and cruising. Balancing all the bustling areas is becoming a delicate balancing act.

“We’ve got aggregates, road building materials, fuels, so you know, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, we keep the airports flying. So, there’s a lot that we do that isn’t quite as boutique as cruising,” Canaveral Port Authority CEO Capt. John Murray said.

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But Port Canaveral is now considered the world’s busiest cruise port surpassing the Port of Miami.  And this week,  port commissioners gave the go-ahead to review a potential location for a seventh cruise terminal at Bluepoints Marina.

“We’re not a large port. We only have 1,100 acres that is usable for port operations,” Murray said. “And we have a recreation component and a cargo component, space component, marinas, even an entertainment venue with our restaurants and so forth. So we have to balance it all.”

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Murray said that new cruise terminal will be needed in the not-so-distant future.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.