The Port of Port St. Joe Authority will hold a public workshop to discuss the coming fiscal year at 5:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 30 at the Gulf/Franklin Center of Gulf Coast State College.
The discussion will focus on ideas to generate a baseline of revenue to maintain operations while the Port Authority pursues maintenance dredging of the shipping channel.
Achieving that dredging would unlock the potential of two Letters of Intent from energy companies wishing to ship through the Port of Port St. Joe.
“We are so close to being successful,” said Port Authority chair Leonard Costin, adding it would be a shame if failure to fund a bare-bones budget for the coming year were unsuccessful.
The Port Authority is seeking $50,000 in operational funding for the coming year.
“This is something for which we are going to have to marshal the troops,” Costin said.
The Port Authority is encouraging all those interested in being a partner in the development of the Port of Port St. Joe and creating jobs to become involved in the effort.
“Every avenue needs to be explored,” said board member Patrick Jones. “Working together we should be able to achieve (the goal).”