Commissioners join port community campaign

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM.

“We are down to the point where we are trying to raise any money we can,” Costin said, speaking about a community outreach campaign to fund a bare-bones budget for the current fiscal year. “The only thing we have going right now in economic development is the port.

“We have to stay the course and any support you can offer is greatly appreciated.”

Costin said there was a two-year window during which the port will strive to accomplish dredging of the shipping channel to maximize some $17 million in infrastructure that exists along the 300 acres the Port Authority owns.

“After that I think you will see quite a bit of activity and exponential growth,” Costin said.

Commissioners Phil McCroan and Bo Patterson expressed skepticism, noting the investment that has occurred at the port in the past decade without much if any progress.

“People just want to see some action,” McCroan said.

Costin replied that the key difference now was the collaboration agreement with the St. Joe Company.

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