Hearing looms large for Port Authority

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

The city must hold public hearings before its planning board and commission as part of the process of updating the city’s comprehensive plan to include the new port master plan.

Pitts said he asked the two engineering firms on continuing contract with the Port Authority to submit statements of qualifications specific to maintenance dredging.

 Pitts said the aim was to dredge to a minimum of 33 feet with the hope of ultimately going to the federally-authorized 35 feet.

“That opens up all kind of opportunities,” Pitts said.

Raffield wondered, as he did at the prior board meeting, if the Tourist Development Council should be brought into the loop. There is potential some dredge material could be suitable for beach nourishment, he said.

“I have always considered beach renourishment as a secondary benefit of dredging,” Pitts said.

Meeting with Montford

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