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

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

There is a public/private partnership in place between the St. Joe Company and Port St. Joe Port Authority to develop the port.

All signs, he said, pointed to momentum that must, he added, likely need to bear fruit in the next 18 months.

“There is as good a chance the port will come to fruition as there ever has been,” Beshears said. “It is as good a chance for Port St. Joe, for Gulf County, as there ever has been.”

The success or progress toward success of the port was also crucial for county officials to make a case for a preferred alternative for the Gulf Coast Parkway.

The Parkway has returned to the radar recently through Florida Department of Transportation public hearings on the project, which remains not fully funded for construction.

County officials contend that while the project was dormant for several years, the project has changed from its original intent to connect south Gulf County and U.S. 231.

“This (project) has to include us, to tie in to us,” Norton said. “I hate to say it, but his is all or bust for us.”

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