Port Authority navigates diverging streams

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM.

Of late it seems that every knot of headwind on dredging that propels the Port St. Joe Port Authority is buffeted by a not.

Last week the board heard continuing good news on a permit application to dredge the federally-authorized shipping channel to authorized depth.

The Florida Legislature included in their budget an appropriation that represents at least a healthy down payment on the dredging.

The U.S. Congress was scheduled this week to take up legislation negotiated by Senate and House leaders which would among other provisions buttress funding for dredging and maintenance projects across the country and would earmark a specific percentage of dollars for “emerging ports” such as the Port of Port St. Joe.

The St. Joe Company, the Port Authority’s collaborator in developing the port, is codifying in contract two letters of intent signed last year with energy companies wishing to ship through the port.

In those agreements, for the first time, the Port Authority would be a partner.

And Holland Ware, whose foundation has expressed strong interest in shipping through the Port of Port St. Joe, attended last week’s regular monthly meeting and stated his ongoing support of efforts to unlock the potential of the port.

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