Port Authority presents the roadmap

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 08:48 AM.

The Port St. Joe Port Authority provided county and city officials the “state of the port” last week.

Time will tell whether that will translate into financial assistance with government budgets being crafted in the coming months.

The Port board requested the special meeting with the Board of County Commissioners and Port St. Joe city commissioners in order, Eugene Raffield said, to provide an update to elected officials, complete with an understanding of hurdles.

A prominent hurdle is the lack of operating expenses for the Port Authority, listed on the agenda, but never formally broached other than a request by board chair Leonard Costin for commissioners to be mindful of the port come budget time.

But, primarily, Raffield has said, elected officials need to understand the critical juncture at which the port sits.

“This (ship channel) dredging is key because this isn’t just about Gulf County, but also the inland counties and Franklin County,” Raffield said. “This could take off and be a game-changer as a regional concept. This will be one of the biggest things to happen to this area.

“I just want to see jobs. I want that in the future parents and grandparents won’t have to say goodbye to their children when they graduate from high school.”

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