Port Authority considers RESTORE projects

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM.

Gibson was part of one-on-one conversations with officials from a cement company that exports to the Southern United States and operates port locations in Houston and North Carolina.

Also part of the trip was Santa Marta, a tourist area where the port is located downtown and provided an opportunity to view the potential challenges the Port of Port St. Joe would have in being a good neighbor through stewardship of surrounding lands.

He noted that a coal terminal moved coal from ship to shore that was within 100 yards of what Gibson called a very clean beach.

“That kind of operation can be done,” Gibson said, noting that the port of Santa Marta provides a “little of everything” as far as products shipped in and out of the port.

“Our intent was making sure everybody knew we were here and what we do,” Gibson said.

Following up on contacts made during the trip – the mission included several executives of the St. Joe Company, the Port Authority’s collaborator in developing the Port of Port St. Joe – had already begun.

“There were a lot of good contacts made down there and we are trying to follow up on this,” said Dane Caldwell of St. Joe, referencing contacts made by company CEO Park Brady and others.

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