Beshears: ‘As good a chance as there has ever been’ for port

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

Jobs, school board members agreed, would provide a lot of salve to the wounds.

School board member George Cox noted the series of industry closures the county has absorbed, from the box plant and paper mill to chemical plants and the material transfer station along the Intracoastal Waterway.

That has left the county with expensive land that has lost value over much of the past decade.

“It has been devastating to the operations of the school system,” Cox said.

Consolidating the community school systems on either end of the county “Is not what we want to do,” Norton said.

Beshears said the port is poised, as it never has been, to inject life into desultory economic development.

Noting money in the state budget to at least begin the dredging – a $20 million appropriation pending governor approval – and more than $1 million spent drafting an application and required studies to undertake dredging of the shipping channel, have moved the ball.



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