Dredge study highlighting ‘opportunities’

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM.

In his new role with the engineering firm working on a dredge permit application for the Port of Port St. Joe, former port director Tommy Pitts said he’s learned about seeing “opportunities” in “challenges.”

And the recent work on the dredge permit, Pitts said, is revealing “opportunities.”

Two of those opportunities in the near term were discussed last week during the regular bi-monthly meeting of the Port St. Joe Port Authority.

The first is the discovery that the volume of material to be dredged from the federally-authorized shipping channel is greater than initially estimated.

The second is the realization that erosion has extended the tip of St. Joseph Peninsula into the boundaries of the shipping channel.

Both factors present challenges as the work on the dredge permit progresses with goal of submitting at least a partial application by March 1.

“We are progressing,” Pitts said. “A long list has been accomplished and much of the work that has been done is to determine what is out there.

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