A big project is in the works in Brevard County that could impact where your food, clothing and just about anything else comes from.
Port Canaveral continues to build and is hoping to expand its container cargo business, but leaders continue to run into the same problem: lack of space.
"One of the big items that we're lacking here is land," said John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral.
Walsh and other leaders are looking to their neighbors for help. The Canaveral Port Authority is close to finalizing a deal with the city of Cocoa to purchase 270 acres of land located off State road 524, near I-95.
The plan calls for building logistic warehouses with the idea that once a business brings cargo into the port, it can store and distribute goods from its own warehouse.
"Our central location in Florida, as we have been saying, is just right for being able to supply not only Orlando and the seven or eight counties around it, but to go up and down I-95," Walsh said.
Back before the recession, the 270-acre parcel was supposed to be Brevard Crossings. A mall was planned, but it never came to fruition.
Henry Parrish, mayor of the city of Cocoa, said this is just the beginning for the area, with hopes of building a hotel, retail space and office buildings.
"We think the employment opportunities are going to help Cocoa and central Brevard County in a big way," Parrish said. "It looks like it's going to be millions of square feet of warehouse space."
The port and city officials hope to have the $2 million deal finalized in the next month. The port is also looking to build another logistics center in Titusville. That would help businesses ship their cargo by rail.