Hearing looms large for Port Authority

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

Costin said he had a meeting Gov. Rick Scott’s office with Scott’s chief of staff and state Sen. Bill Montford (R-Tallahassee), who represents Gulf County.

Montford had attempted to work with Capital City Bank to secure a $2 million state appropriation to partially address the port mortgage and allow time for port development to take hold.

Costin said the meeting was positive, that it was informational as he related how dynamics changed since collaboration with the St. Joe Company to develop the port was etched in writing.

The concern from the governor, Costin indicated, was the lack of tangible progress over recent years despite the investment of millions of state and federal dollars.

Costin said he provided information and emerged the meeting, scheduled for 15 minutes but spanning nearly an hour, with optimism the port message, a different one from as little as two years ago, was conveyed.

Board communications

Pitts addressed board members concerning a letter to the editor from board member Johanna White published in The Star two weeks ago.

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