Chamber Announces 29th Annual Business Champion of the Year Award Winners

The Business Recognition Committee (BRC) of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce presented its Business Champion of the Year Awards to five area companies at its 29th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront.

The winners were Start-Up Business Champion: Ready. Set. Game; Small Business Champion (1-25 employees): A1A Optics; Medium Business Champion (26-100 employees): Fidelity Bank of Florida; Large Business Champion: Dale Sorensen Real Estate; and Nonprofit Business Champion: Friends for Animals Sanctuary.

Nearly 200 chamber partners, their families and friends regaled in the event’s theme, “Celebrating Success. The emcee of the evening was Greg Pallone, anchor/reporter at News 13. The keynote speaker was Mark Bontrager, vice president of space operations for Space Florida.

All nominees for the awards were recognized. Representatives of the banquet’s major sponsors made presentations to the winners.

Sponsors of the event were Waste Management, Artemis, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Today, Hometown News, AT&T, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Doubletree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, Achieve Beautiful Skin, Brevard Humane Society, Community Credit Union, Fidelity Bank of Florida, Flagnations, PIP Printing and Signs, Ready. Set. Game, The King’s Daughter Bridal Boutique & Formal Wear and Wild Ocean Market.

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce was established in 1968 and serves Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Patrick Air Force Base, Port St. John, Rockledge, Palm Shores, Suntree and Viera.

Dianne George Named Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year

Dianne George of the Brevard Humane Society was named the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year.

“It is a true honor to be selected as the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year,” Dianne says. “This award was a total surprise to me as there are many deserving and dedicated ambassadors at CBRCC. I am very proud to be associated with the best chamber of commerce in Brevard!”

Port Canaveral to Host Carnival Elation Cruise Ship – Four and Five-Day Cruises Starting May 2019

Port Canaveral will be the home port for Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Elation as they launch a new year-round schedule of four- and five-day cruises beginning May 12, 2019. Carnival announced the newly renovated ship will encompass four-day “long weekend” cruises departing Thursdays to Freeport and Nassau and five-day voyages departing Mondays and Saturdays to Amber Cove and Grand Turk.

“Port Canaveral is proud of its partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, and we look forward to welcoming Carnival Elation in 2019,” Port CEO Capt. John Murray said the day the news was announced. “Today’s announcement is another endorsement that our ongoing investments in state-of-the-art terminals and commitment to excellence in cruise operations continues to earn the confidence of some of the world’s most successful cruise brands.”
According to Carnival, the 2,130 passenger Carnival Elation recently underwent a massive makeover that included the addition of an expansive new WaterWorks aqua park, 38 new cabins, 98 balconies to existing staterooms and a variety of exciting food and beverage concepts. These include Guy’s Burger Joint, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, Cherry on Top, a new Camp Ocean children’s play area and a new miniature golf course. All staterooms were also renovated to include island-inspired interiors inspired by Carnival Elation’s tropical itineraries.