Port adds another potential customer

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

The company, as Gonzalez noted, has tentative agreements with Green Circle and another energy company to ship through the Port of Port St. Joe provided the channel is dredged by the end of 2014, early 2015 at the latest.

The company, Gonzalez said, is lobbying hard the case for dredging of the ship channel.

What those who would fund that dredging work – particularly the Florida Department of Transportation and the Office of the Governor – want to see is that path, Gonzalez said, with potential for customers and community support.

The rail improvement grant is in limbo, in part, as the state assesses the potential for and tangible progress in dredging and the development of the port.

The dredging permit work continues, Tommy Pitts of Hatch Mott MacDonald reported last week. The timeline remains to have the application submitted and approved in the next four to five months.

The key would then be funding, which is a major wish list item for local officials as the Florida Legislature prepares to begin committee meetings next month.

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