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New Bait & Tackle Shop and Cafe Coming to Port Canaveral


(Pictured L to R are Tom Parker, Doug Wilson Enterprises, Contractor; Canaveral Port Authority Commissioner Wayne Justice; Karen and Joe Wisneski, Operators, Bait & Tackle; Captain John Murray, Port Canaveral CEO)

Canaveral Port Authority officials led a groundbreaking ceremony today to mark the official start of construction for a new bait and tackle shop, which will be located adjacent to the public boat ramps at Freddie Patrick Park. Named, “Water’s Edge”, the new facility will feature an expanded bait and tackle retail shop, a new café and outdoor seating offering views of the Port Canaveral channel.

“This project is a great example of building value in our community and Port Canaveral is pleased to have a role in the partnership,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO.  “The new Bait and Tackle Shop will be a great feature for anyone who uses the boat ramps, enjoys Jetty Park, or lives and works in this area. We couldn’t be more proud of the milestone we’re celebrating today and we are looking forward to opening day.”

The 2,700 square foot facility will be named the “Water’s Edge Bait & Tackle and Café” and will be operated by Joe and Karen Wisneski, who currently operate Bait & Tackle, a facility located on the west side of the public boat ramps.  In addition to housing a retail bait and tackle operation, the building design will feature an outside covered seating area where customers will have a front seat to view some of the world’s largest cruise ships as they sail in and out of Port Canaveral.  The Wisneskis plan to offer breakfast and lunch service from Water’s Edge Café, as well as “call-ahead” ordering for dock-side delivery to boaters.

“Port Canaveral is committed to our locals and to the business community,” stated Port Authority Commissioner Wayne Justice. “The Port’s commitment to Bait and Tackle represents a commitment to the Port’s tenants and to providing a quality recreational experience for the community,” stated Commissioner Justice.

Local construction company Doug Wilson Enterprises, Inc. in Cape Canaveral is leading the construction project, managed by Tom Parker, Vice President, General Manager. Work on the facility is expected to be completed in April, 2018.

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