Key port study moves forward

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 09:28 AM.

“We are optimistic with the progress,” Gonzalez said of that path. “As long as the trend is positive, the feedback from companies is encouraging.

“That is our focus right now. We have two live companies that want to invest in the community. We are actively working with those companies.”

As four engineering companies work to complete the dredge application, funding for the dredging, which has been estimated in the tens of millions of dollars, during this legislative session is critical.

“That ROI study is imperative,” said board member Eugene Raffield, who has suggested any ROI study include the costs of not developing the port given the millions in infrastructure already in place.

“This is not our port, it’s everybody’s port,” Raffield said. “This is a regional concept. We finally have some traction. That ROI study is so important.”


While the long view becomes brighter for the Port of Port St. Joe, the short-term continues to be vexing.

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