FDOT emphasizes SIS designation to Port Authority

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 14:23 PM.

“The major asset you have here is land. You need to focus on your assets. There is investment, momentum, you have a lot going on. We need to make a request from the Port Authority (for the SIS extension) and show what things have been done, are being done and what will be done to meet tonnage requirements.”

Raffield added that the dynamics will change further in 2014, when the widened Panama Canal, capable of accommodating the largest ocean-going vessels, is due to re-open.

“This is going to be huge,” Raffield said. “It is going to create opportunity where bigger ports are going to spin off business to the smaller ports.”

The bottom line, Barfield said, was that the District 3 staff would put forward the most compelling case possible to maintain the SIS designation for the Port of Port St. Joe.

“We have to have faith and I have faith, that this thing will take off,” Barfield said. “And when it does we can’t do things fast enough.”



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