PSJRA releases annual report

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 09:12 AM.

The agency has also invested approximately $1.45 million in infrastructure, from Billy Joe Rish Memorial Parking Lot, David B. Langston Drive, Jetty Park, lighting and landscaping along U.S. 98 and Reid Avenue, Miss Zola’s Drive and the Dr. Joe Memorial Parking Lot and Park, among other initiatives.

In the coming year alone, the PSJRA will undertake a new banner series using a BP grant; will fund new sidewalks and stormwater improvements along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. between Avenues A-D, will employ a series of grants to create a new BayPark Master Plan and complete the landscaping of U.S. 98.

“We are happy to serve out community,” said PSJRA director Gail Alsobrook. “We intend to continue to work diligently for the citizens and the business community.”

The board of directors for the previous year was Patrick Jones, Willie Ramsey, Bill Reid, Jeff Anderson, Aaron Farnsley, Linda Gant, Boyd Pickett, Bo Spring and Marie Todd. Provisional directors were Clarence Monette, Johnny Jenkins and Michael McKenzie.

Other community projects undertaken by the PSJRA in recent years include the gazebo in City Commons Park, an alley fence for the business community to shield the working alley and dumpsters from view on U.S. 98, a summer youth program in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, street lights for Miss Zola’s Drive and bicycle racks for the historic downtown.

In the past year, Beach Properties, No Name Café, Pelican Roost, J. Patrick Floyd Law Offices and the Novak Law Group were among businesses taking advantage of the Façade Improvements Grant Program for a total of more than $25,000.

In 2006, small town redevelopment expert Robert Gibbs suggested that Port St. Joe officials should make the business district look like somebody cares.

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