More than 100 pack Port Canaveral meeting on boat-launch plan

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - More than 125 people jammed into the hearing room at the Maritime Center at Port Canaveral to learn about the port's plan for new boat launches.

Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports the room became so crowded prior to the meeting's start that some people were turned away and forced to watch the hearing on a television screen in the Maritime Center's reception area.

"This is a discussion about jobs and growth and the future of the community," John Walsh, chief executive officer of the Canaveral Port Authority, said in a statement released prior to the start of the hearing.

"Moving boat ramps to new and better locations is simply one step in the big picture so we can facilitate one of primary and immediate drivers we have for that growth. This is a good challenge and discussion for this community to have. It is not about what we change, it's about all we have to gain."

Walsh later told those attending no decisions have been finalized as to where the ramps will be located, and that the ramps won't be closed in the interim of finding an new sites.

Walsh promised port officials would listen to what they have to say.

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