County resolution supports port efforts on dredging

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM.

The Board of County Commissioners joined the lobbying effort for maintenance dredging of the shipping channel at the Port of Port St. Joe.

If County Commissioner Warren Yeager has his way, several more counties in the region will also board the ship.

Yeager brought forth for approval a resolution Tuesday that in broad strokes expresses support for the collaboration agreement between the Port Authority and the St. Joe Company and their combined efforts to bring maintenance dredging to the shipping channel.

The dredging is the key to two recent Letters of Intent that St. Joe has entered into with energy companies to ship as many as 1.25 million metric tons of wooden pellets through the Port of Port St. Joe.

Both agreements are contingent on the dredging of the shipping channel to its authorized depth within the next two-three years.

The Port Authority and St. Joe are working on securing permitting and funding for the dredging.

St. Joe Senior Vice President Jorge Gonzalez suggested to Yeager that a formal resolution of support from the county and other counties would be helpful, Yeager said.

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