Cruise ship proposal brought into focus for commissioners

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

Port St. Joe city commissioners questioned investment to attract a cruise for folks who wanted to experience Apalachicola.

Tourist Development Council executive director Jennifer Jenkins offered a bit of clarification during last week’s regular meeting.

In short strokes, Jenkins said the investment in city’s “low docks” and Jetty Park would be wise given the potential long-term impact of a cruise company making Port St. Joe an annual port-of-call.

“We want to ensure their time here is memorable and they want to come back,” Jenkins said. “Right now it is a one-day experience. My goal is to get that one day multiple times. It is a great opportunity for us, I believe.”

The field with Travel Dynamics International was first plowed with Tommy Pitts in his former role as director of the Port of Port St. Joe.

Two years ago Travel Dynamics was looking at Port St. Joe as a potential port-of-call on a Gulf of Mexico “cultural events” tour, Jenkins said.

Upon a site visit, however, the area was found to lack the events to fuel such a stop and the company looked elsewhere.

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