(Red) Carpet rolling

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

In other words, there is a lot happening and we are certainly glad you folks from Colombia have given us a chance to show off a bit.

But we can also learn.

As said by Tom Gibson – and a shout out to Gibson for joining the trade delegation to Colombia on his dime and Marina Pennington, the city’s planning consultant, who plowed considerable groundwork in her homeland prior to that Florida visit – your Colombian ports share many of the challenges facing Port St. Joe and have made them work.

According to Gibson, you have done an outstanding job of marrying the industry of a diverse operational port with a tourist outpost with fine beaches and plenty of sun.

You have overcome those challenges, with public and private partnerships, and flourish today and when the newly-widened Panama Canal opens next year, you will be in a position to benefit.

As will the Port of Port St. Joe, which as the crow flies is one of the closest Florida ports to the Canal Zone.

So whether there is any actual deal that comes out of your visit, we have much to learn from you while we show you our slice of heaven.

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