Commissioners join port community campaign

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

Until the Port Authority and St. Joe signed a formal agreement, the company and Port Authority had butted heads on how the port and surrounding lands would be developed.

St. Joe was now committed to developing the 5,000 acres it owns along the Intracoastal Canal as well as the old mill site and bulkhead, and is collaborating in the development of the 100 acres owned by the Port Authority.

“St. Joe, that is the changing factor in what we are doing now,” Costin said.

And as the government entity to which state and federal funding would flow, the Port Authority played a pivotal role simply by remaining active.

Costin noted that port director Tommy Pitts has taken other employment (see related story this page) and administrative assistant Nadine Lee was working strictly as a volunteer.

“We (the Port Authority) is pitching in any way we can,” Costin said, adding the Port Authority was also receiving considerable in-kind assistance from the Economic Development Alliance. “They are helping us any way we can.

“I just think we all need to think together on this, the city, the county and as a region.”

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