This area is also home to Space Florida (www.spaceflorida.gov)" an Independent Special District of the State of Florida who's purpose is to foster growth and development of a sustainable and world-leading space industry in Florida".
Not surprising, Elon's company SpaceX is represented here. Unfortunately that "mascot", located just behind the sign, isn't projecting "world-leading" anything, and could use a little of Elon's help.
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Close by is the "Exploration Tower", 7 floors of exhibits and interactive play. Located in the lobby is a pod of "reclaimed creations", whales and other marine life made with post consumer plastics. Pretty amazing and reads like "Hidden Pictures" in a Highlights Magazine. Artist- Sakaya Ganz (http://www.sayakaganz.com/)
Our last stop is the Port Canaveral Lock, 'located between port Canaveral's West turning basin and the Banana River'. Built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1965, the lock reduces tidal currents, prevents entry of hurricane tides and inhibits salt water intrusion. It moves slow though and no wonder, it weighs 47 tons!
It's a fairly big production to let this sailboat pass under the drawbridge and then through the lock to get to open waters.