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Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM.

Economic development

On two fronts, commissioners received positive news on economic development.

Tourism Development Council executive director Jennifer Jenkins said during a recent trip to New York she spoke with officials of a boutique cruise line about dockage in Port St. Joe.

The company, Travel Dynamics, had been interested in stopping in Port St. Joe for cultural/arts themed cruises, but found the conditions along Jetty Park and the so-called “low docks” – which fall in the city of Port St. Joe but are also part of the Port of Port St. Joe master plan – lacking as well as an absence of activities for cruise goers.

Jenkins said she pitched the concept of an eco-excursion and the company agreed to target April 2015 to arrive in Port St. Joe on a trip out of New Orleans and stopping at other north Gulf locations.

“I told them we are committed to this,” Jenkins said, adding there was work to do – determining dockage rates, improvements to the low docks, etc. – but that she hoped to be in line to begin marketing the cruises this April.

She said the company was also looking at other cruise stops in the future.

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