Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Governor Scott Proposes $9.7 million for Port Canaveral Container Yard

ORLANDO, Florida -- Florida Governor Rick Scott today announced at the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) Annual Convention in Orlando a commitment of nearly $35 million for strategic port projects across Florida that will be recommended to the Legislature for the upcoming legislative session.  


Of that $35 million, $9.7 million is proposed for the development of a container yard in Port Canaveral, Florida.


The additional investments will be included in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Work Program.  


“We’re on the right track to growing more jobs for families with increased investments in our seaports," said Governor Scott.  "With this nearly $35 million commitment for critical port projects, we’ll enhance our ports’ ability to move more goods which will position Florida to play an even greater role in global trade. Our strategy to make Florida the gateway for global trade is working.”


Just last month, Governor Scott and the Cabinet approved the proposed bond issuance of $150 million to fund 16 important projects at Florida seaports. In this current fiscal year, the State of Florida (including projects funded through the upcoming bond issuance) is funding over $275 million directly on seaport projects.


"Our Governor is an example of the leadership that can occur at the state level to move the economy forward," John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral said.  "Our state has shown that investment in ports and commitment to freight infrastructure is an invaluable strategy to getting people back to work and creating a healthy economy.”


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