(Red) Carpet rolling

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

One end of that rail line is in Chattahoochee for movement of goods and people north, west and east; the other end is on the old Arizona Chemical property site that is now unencumbered in port hands.

Not a bad asset to have in the back pocket.

The FDOT has also championed the Port of Port St. Joe, providing a critical extension that keeps the port in the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS), a system that receives the lion’s share of FDOT discretionary funding.

The department certainly could have pulled the plug, but representatives, reflecting the governor’s passion for ports as job creators, bent over backwards to make sure the SIS designation remained in place to allow the port more time and space to lure customers.

The Florida Department of Economic Development also had been a partner, providing funding and expertise to update the port master plan to reflect the addition in lands and the collaborative agreement with St. Joe.

The Florida Ports Council, while acknowledging work to be done, noted the significant changes over the past 18 months in its annual report on Florida’s deepwater ports.

Did we mention that, friends from Barranquilla? This is a deepwater port, authorized for a depth of 35 feet in the shipping channel and one of just 15 such ports in Florida.

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