Port adds another potential customer

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

The Holland M. Ware Foundation owns approximately 100,000 acres around Port St. Joe.

Holland M. Ware, its Hogansville, Georgia founder, was named in 2010 the largest private landowner east of the Mississippi River and owns St. Regis Paper, Co., Inc.

“With our large acreages from Georgia through Florida and our granite, sand and timber holdings, we have an even greater interest in the revitalization of the Port of Port St. Joe as we discuss the potential of having a port that accommodates heavy bulk cargo operational by the end of 2014 combined with the understood commitment from the State of Florida to build railroad access,” Thueson wrote in her letter.

The Port Authority, though Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc., president Guerry Magidson, also announced another potential client that has been code-named Project Ship, a lumber/timber business seeking to ship to the Caribbean.

“We just need an operational port and an operational railroad,” said Magidson.

That, Gonzalez said, is that the focus for the St. Joe Company is on, stating that any absence by the company from Port Authority meetings should not be construed as not indicating the company’s current full-court press.

“There are a lot of parties interested in the port,” Gonzalez said. “They would like to see some path to progress on dredging. That is the consensus.”

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