Port Canaveral is pursuing the development of an inland port near the north end of Brevard County, Fla., in conjunction with the start this fall of the widening and deepening of the Florida port’s 3½-mile channel.
Dedicated barges would carry cargo from Port Canaveral to inland transfer points and connect to Florida East Coast Railway. The project would also involve reactivation of a rail spur in Port St. John, located just south of the city of Titusville, Fla.
The port is planning for the potential for containerized cargo moving via the domestic marine highway or international feeder service from other ports to Central Florida distribution hubs and consumer markets.
“An inland port will create a commerce hub and expand opportunities for business creation, retention and attraction in North Brevard,” said Jerry Allender, vice chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority’s commission, in a written statement. “In addition, it will help us offer a complete multi-modal transportation system with sea, land, air and space links.”
“The hub will create a direct route for the flow of goods from the port through Titusville and onto destinations in Florida and throughout the southeastern United States,” added Laura Canady, Titusville’s economic development director.