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Jaxport Board to discuss Mayport Cruise Terminal

This is just a reminder that Jaxport’s board is scheduled to meet on Monday, January 26th, beginning at 9am at the Jaxport Cruise Terminal to discuss building a new cruise terminal at Mayport.

The board workshop will examine various scenarios for the costs and benefit of the cruise terminal. The worst case would be if the port builds the terminal and cruise ships subsequently stop using Jacksonville, leaving the port with no leasing revenue to pay off the construction debt.

Although Jaxport has already purchased the land for the terminal at Mayport, the board has yet to approve funding for the project.  Given these tight economic times, I guess there may be a possibility that the Board could balk at building the terminal.


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  1. MacReece says:

    JAX is a good position to get some real money from the cruise industry. JAX is within reach of Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. This is a unique spot to be in contributing to more varied itineraries.

    So far they are only talking about Carnival and NCL but there are other lines who would look seriously at JAX. Royal Caribbean for one.

    We have cruised 40 times and in my opinion 50 percent of cruisers would fly into a JAX. Likely half of them will arrive the day before and often fly out the day after a cruise. This means motels and restaurants will benefit as well. Ships are sailing full in spite of the economic hard time many are experiencing because cruising is a good deal for the money spent.

    JAX is within driving distance of a lot of folks in Florida and Georgia and even further.

    Why should Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Port Canaveral get all the goodie?

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