City approves ESG waiver of impact fees

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM.

Port St. Joe commissioners unanimously approved the waiver of water and sewer impact fees for Eastern Shipbuilding Group, eliminating another hurdle as the company moves ahead with expansion into Gulf County.

A company representative said there remained some hurdles but the company is close to “pulling the trigger.”

The first hull for outfitting is expected to arrive at the old paper mill site sometime between December and February.

Commissioners, with minimal discussion, approved the waiver of some $74,000 in sewer and water impact fees.

The issue had sat for a little more than a week after commissioners pursued more information about precedent and the city’s past actions regarding impact fees.

Two commissioners questioned whether the city was being consistent and fair in application of impact fees, noting similar fees paid by First Baptist Church.

Two commissioners argued that the difference – the creation of an estimated 200 jobs in Gulf County – tipped the scales in favor of granting the waiver.

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