Port Authority signs dredge permit agreement

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

The Port Authority’s “bare-bones” budget for the coming year earmarks $2,640 per month for operations.

“We are trying to get the community involved,” Costin said. “We are going broke. We’ve got to get some people to support us.”

Costin received pushback from several board members about proposals to solicit funds in the community, including placing change jars at stores around town and seeking pledges from small businesses.

“The citizens here and the businesses here pay too much for the infrastructure here,” said board member Eugene Raffield.

Board member Patrick Jones disagreed.

He noted that there are “big pots” of money available from the state and feds to undertake dredging and other activities, but no money available for operations.

The plan was to watch every penny spent and the board will prioritize how funds raised are spent. But community buy-in for the effort, to maintain a Port Authority, presence, was critical.

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