Pitts to head dredge permit work

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM.

Tommy Pitts is moving from port director to helping directing the port’s future.

Pitts, who has worked much of the past year on a salary of $1 per month as the Port St. Joe Port Authority wrestled with scant revenues, has taken a position with the engineering firm spearheading the work on the Port of Port St. Joe’s application to dredge the shipping channel.

Dredging the shipping channel, said Port Authority board member Eugene Raffield, as the key to unlocking the port’s potential.

Pitts will be the project manager on the dredge permit work for Hatch Mott MacDonald, formally contracted two weeks by the Port Authority to undertake the nearly $800,000 task of securing the dredge permit.

“While this concludes my employment/volunteer status with the Port Authority I will obviously still be involved in the effort to revitalize our seaport, a project that is important to all of us,” Pitts said.

Pitts will continue to be a fixture at Port Authority meetings, now in the role of updating the board on the progress of the permitting effort.

Pitts will continue to live in Port St. Joe while his office with Hatch Mott is in Panama City. He said much of his work will be in Gulf County.

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