Key port study moves forward

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

Once again, the Port Authority board discussed how to move ahead without a full-time port director and only a volunteer administrative assistant on staff.

Costin said he had raised or had pledged nearly $5,000 with another $2,500 in-kind support, and the Economic Development Alliance, Inc. has committed to sponsoring a golf tournament in the spring to benefit the Port Authority.

The city of Port St. Joe contributed $10,000 in BP fine money for Florida Ports Council dues and liability insurance.

The EDA board has also pledged to assist in bringing Florida Ports Council dues current to keep the Port of Port St. Joe “at the table” during discussions about state projects and funding.

The port board chose not to vote on a written proposal brought by board member Johanna White that would bring the county and St. Joe Company into the day-to-day operations of the port.

The Board of County Commissioners, she said, offered to provide assistance with administering grants while St. Joe could be the point-of-contact for the Port Authority, with phones rolled over to the company’s offices and the company dealing with potential clients.

“The point of doing this is all of us working together for the common good,” White said. “Each organization has strengths and this outlines the responsibilities.”

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