Port Authority signs dredge permit agreement

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

“It is up to people to decide if it is worthwhile to participate in this effort,” Jones said. “To not ask is to not do everything.”

Raffield said he is working with state officials and agencies to secure support for the Port of Port St. Joe.

He said he has made inroads though was not in a position to outline specifics.

The focus, Raffield said, should be on soliciting help from state officials for two fundamental reasons: there are funds and port development represents a regional opportunity.

“We infrastructure here that has been paid for in the tens of millions of dollars,” Raffield said. “You have a major system here. We have been in a coma. We have to get out of the coma and walk together.

“It’s not about us, it’s about our future. We have a real chance, here. This is a regional issue.”

The cost of doing nothing, Costin added, would be continued rising poverty in the county, declining enrollment and funding for schools and negative impacts to the business community.

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