Pitts to head dredge permit work

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

Therefore, Henderson concluded, there would be no violation of the grant agreement for the dredge application work by Pitts going to work for Hatch Mott MacDonald.

Costin said if there was a person responsible for the Port of Port St. Joe being on the cusp of potential development it was Pitts and he added he was pleased that Pitts, in his new job, would still be an integral part of the port’s future.

“Tommy has his heart in that port,” Costin said. “His leadership has gotten us to this critical stage. His hard work and dedication to making the Port of Port St. Joe a reality is now coming together. He will be greatly missed as our port director but I take comfort in knowing he will still be involved in making the dream a reality.

“I also thank him for all the countless volunteer hours he contributed to the port’s efforts after our financial status precluded further payment of salaries. He stayed the course and helped the port get through a very critical stage in the process that leads towards future dredging of the channel.”

Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc. executive director Barry Sellers will take a larger role in promoting the port and work with the Port Authority in administrative issues where possible.

“Tommy is a class act and a man of integrity in a world where there are too few of them,” Sellers said.

Guerry Magidson, president of the EDA, added, “Tommy is a tremendous asset to the community and has conducted himself as a true professional during trying times. I look forward to helping see the port succeed.”

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