Cruise ship proposal brought into focus for commissioners

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

While in Port St. Joe for the day, cruisers will be offered several “eco-trips” with St. Joseph Bay, the Dead Lakes and Lake Wimico among considered destinations along with a shopping/eating excursion in Port St. Joe.

Where Port St. Joe commissioners have been hung up is investing in repairs to the low docks – Jenkins said she had an estimate from Pitts of $17,000 for such repairs – when a main attraction would be a boat trip to Apalachicola.

“My concern is we don’t want to invest city dollars and have them come in and go to Apalachicola,” said Mayor Mel Magidson.

Jenkins said that trip was a primary focus for marketing the cruise, but that the trip to Apalachicola was one component on a busy day of activities and for those who undertook it would only be in Apalachicola part of the day.

“They want to go to Apalachicola, but they are not going to spend the day in Apalachicola,” Jenkins said. “And not everybody will go to Apalachicola.

“We will need to showcase what allures about Gulf County. This is a great opportunity. We need to give them a good experience. That will take the entire community.”

Jenkins added that the TDC would be coordinating the itinerary and handle logistics when the ship is in Port St. Joe, expending her marketing dollars in the effort.

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