Port Authority considers RESTORE projects

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

Master plan update

Port director Tommy Pitts said he had completed the first two steps in the process of updating the port master plan and that had brought down some funding from the Department of Economic Opportunity, which provided grant funds for the update.

“The DEO did us a favor by frontloading the grant,” said Pitts, who has been working for months at $1 per month.

He said the plan would include response from the marketplace and feedback from the St. Joe Company and the Bank of Montreal, which St. Joe engaged to assist in identifying the best use for the port and potential clients.

Pitts also expressed confidence that the Port of Port St. Joe would receive at least a two-year extension of its status as part of the Florida Strategic Intermodal System (SIS). That extension is crucial as 75 percent of discretionary funding for the Florida Department of Transportation is earmarked for projects within the SIS.

“We have no written confirmation yet but there is consensus (among DOT officials) that we are going to get an extension,” Pitts said.

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