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Suited officials with spades and safety helmets bent down and shovelled dirt in a ceremony to mark the commencement of construction on a new cruise terminal facility at Port Canaveral last Friday, August 26.

The facility will comprise a $26.6 million terminal, $23 million pier, $3 million gangway and a $7.5 million garage with a covered walkway and retail shops.

A sleek, modern design, the terminal will feature a two-storey atrium, a 1,100-seat waiting area and will be big enough to handle the world’s largest cruise ships – including Royal Caribbean’s giants Oasis and Allure of the Seas. It will also enable the simultaneous embarkation and disembarkation of passengers.

Not content with this project, Canaveral Port Authority CEO J. Stanley Payne urged the 100 community leaders gathered for the ceremony to lobby government to support a $34 million project to widen and deepen the port’s channel.

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