Port adds another potential customer

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 09:12 AM.

A path to dredging equals an increase in interest in the Port of Port St. Joe.

Any interest in developing the port, in turn, will hinge on a path to dredging the federally-authorized shipping channel.

That was the message from Jorge Gonzalez, senior vice president at the St. Joe Company last week to the Port Authority board.

And as the work on a dredge permit application moves ahead the number of inquiries to utilize the port grows, the latest announced last week by Port Authority chair Leonard Costin.

In a letter from the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation, trustee Brenda Thueson stated the Foundation’s interest in shipping aggregate, rock, through the Port of Port St. Joe via the Apalachicola Northern Railroad.

In addition, the Foundation would wish to ship back to Georgia sand located on both sides of the Apalachicola Northern Railroad.

The Foundation owns 10 miles of frontage along the rail line and operates a sand mine in Franklin County for its cement business.

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