Goal of aggressive timeline is permit in six months

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

“Before we can do anything else we need to know the materials we are dealing with.”

The potential hiccup to disrupting the timeline, Perry noted, was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a Corps requirement before undertaking a dredging project to perform a study to determine negative impacts on any Corps project.

Perry noted that the dredging would not have an impact on any Corps project, but the study would push out the timeline for the application to dredge and would be a study the Port Authority, lacking in revenue, would have to fund.

“Our hope is that it will not be required,” Perry said, while adding that there was also a pot of federal money the Port of Port St. Joe could qualify for to assist in underwriting the dredging project. “We are trying to access those federal dollars.”

ROI

The acronym for Return on Investment, ROI, has been a mantra from state officials, from the governor to legislators, when discussing additional investing in developing the port with port officials.

A contracted study, board chair Leonard Costin said, could top $60,000, money the Port Authority does not have.



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