Port Authority signs dredge permit agreement

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 08:55 AM.

Permitting for dredging of the Port St. Joe shipping channel got its official start last week.

With an agreement with the St. Joe Company addressing the local match on a state grant in place, the Port St. Joe Port Authority officially signed an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation.

The agreement secures a $1 million FDOT grant, with St. Joe agreeing to provide the $250,000 local match, to fund the permitting of dredging of the shipping channel to its authorized 35 feet.

Collecting the data for the permit is already underway with Hatch Mott MacDonald engineering the permitting for the Port Authority.

Port director Tommy Pitts said a pre-application meeting, originally set for this week, was pushed back to Sept. 30 to allow for a more complete collection of data.

The key for the pre-application meeting – during which state agencies will provide input and insight on the direction of dredging – is to have as complete an application on the other side as possible.

“We want to be able to confine the requests for more information from state agencies to a minimum,” Pitts said.

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