Goal of aggressive timeline is permit in six months

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

“We won’t feel we have done our job if we don’t meet our objective, which is to bring back a permit within the funds you have,” he told Port Authority members. “We are shooting for six months, though we would like to submit in four months. That is an aggressive time frame.

“We understand what the finish line is. The objective is to get a dredged channel. We know what we are working with as far as available funds.”

The contract approved last week will eat up nearly $800,000 of the $1 million Florida Department of Transportation grant the Port Authority secured for the dredge permit work.

A quarter of that, $250,000 which represents the local match of the state funds, is being provided by the St. Joe Company, the Port Authority’s collaborator in developing the port.

But, Perry said, several factors provided wind in sails.

Many studies done in prior years had proved useful in providing some of the essential information agencies would need.

The shipping channel itself, 14 miles long but dredged as recently as 1986, does not represent a new or overly complex project.

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