(Red) Carpet rolling

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

That shipping channel has become another source of recent good news.

Port of Port St. Joe officials just last week learned that a grant was available to begin the preliminary engineering and permitting for dredging of the deepwater channel, seen as one of two major keys to unlocking the port’s potential.

The other lock may be opened soon, depending on the governor’s veto pen.

The state budget includes funding to bring a mortgage on a parcel of port land current and provide additional breathing room for the port in its hunt for customers and tenants.

That one even carries a very public campaign to “Protect Our Port.”

As one Port Authority member noted last week, it would be hard to underestimate what the funding for dredging and the mortgage would mean for the port.

There is also Eastern Shipbuilding, paying its lease for bulkhead space on the deepwater old mill site, booming with business and heading to Port St. Joe when its wharf space in Bay County is filled to capacity.

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