County considers recycling program; mandatory garbage

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM.

McLemore said he opposed using tax money in “bailing out a bank” and McDaniel wondered if receiving the $3 million against a mortgage that is in excess of $4 million was doing nothing more than buying time for the port before it would find itself in the same situation.

McDaniel said he did support money in the state budget – roughly $1.4 million – for dredging the shipping channel to authorized depth, but was hesitant about supporting the $2 million to help on the mortgage.

Yeager said that the $2 million appropriation was being driven by Capital City Bank, not the Port Authority, and that the governor should decide the worthiness of that appropriation but agreed the dredging money was badly needed.

“I think the port is a regional project,” Yeager said. “It is going to go. I’m in full support of anything we can do to make that port go.”

Smiley said his decision was one of jobs.

“Helping (the port) out is helping Gulf County out,” Smiley said. “Just letting it sit there and do nothing isn’t an option. I come from when Port St. Joe had plenty of jobs. I am seeing getting back to where that was.

“Is (the $2 million) going to help? We need the jobs.”

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