(Red) Carpet rolling

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

We in Gulf County appreciate the time and effort required of you to take a glance at the Port of Port St. Joe.

Echoing the words of County Commissioner Warren Yeager during a recent meeting of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, there is reason to be as optimistic about the future of the port as ever.

The collaboration agreement signed last year to develop a combined 300 acres of Port Authority and St. Joe Company property in the port planning area seems in hindsight the starting line for the steady drumbeat of optimism about the port.

Once the Port Authority had an invested and passionate private partner, one as interested in unlocking the port’s potential as port leaders have been for more than a decade, the race seemed to have truly begun.

Actually, let’s call it a marathon.

As an investment banker from the Bank of Montreal – the engagement of which by St. Joe provided another shot of adrenaline – this will all take time and there is no absence among port officials for staying the course for the long haul.

St. Joe, in addition to bringing to the table an international player in the investment in infrastructure, the Bank of Montreal, also worked to secure a Florida Department of Transportation grant for $5 million for rail line improvements along the Genesse Wyoming line.

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