18-year-old to function new Port Canaveral Ambassador
- Each Canaveral Port Authority commissioner can appoint up to two people to represent the commissioner in the port community.
- Port Ambassadors work with the community to promote a better understanding of Port Canaveral’s role in the region.
- They also increase public awareness and understanding of the Canaveral Port Authority’s strategic plans.
“As harbor masters, we need to watch out for our future workforce and prepare the next generation for leadership,” said Commissioner Hattaway. “Jessica looks forward to learning and sharing our vision with her generation. I hope you will welcome her in her new role as port ambassador. “
As Port Ambassador, Jessica will assist Commissioner Hattaway with the port’s Junior Port Ambassador program to share her knowledge from the HELM program in order to build relationships and raise public awareness and support for the port’s key activities among young people in the community.
A student at Rockledge High School, Jessica participated in the school’s Helping Educate Leaders in Maritime (HELM) program. She also served as the battalion commander for the Rockledge High School ROTC. As an active rider, Jessica’s plan to join the U.S. Navy after graduating was derailed after a riding accident revealed she had osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that resulted in the loss of an arm before the end of the year.
Port Canaveral in Florida is a gateway for cruising and recreation as well as freight and logistics. It has long been considered the gateway to new frontiers in space travel. Port Canaveral hosts nearly 5 million cruise passengers and 6 million tons of cargo annually through its state-of-the-art terminals.
Tourism and recreation in Port Canaveral
In Port Canaveral, visitors can experience the thrill of a rocket launch while sunbathing on the beach. The Cove is a waterfront recreation area in Port Canaveral with restaurants, lounges, shops, charter boats and a casino ship. Many Cove restaurants have outdoor tables and tiki bars, great places to watch the cruise ships go by or just enjoy a breeze on land. When the sun goes down there are DJs, live bands, dancing and karaoke, oh and camping.