Port commissioners hone outreach campaign

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM.

The port has already seen millions in state and federal investment.

“There is investment already made and a loss from inaction,” Jones said.

Costin emphasized that in addition to long-term funding for items such as dredging, the Port Authority faces a more short-term issue in the lack of operating revenue.

The port, Costin said, will be out of money in roughly a month. Over the first six months of the coming fiscal year, $15,000 is needed to maintain operations.

Costin said his goal would be to establish a separate bank account to deposit local contributions and use the money – “We would have to micro-manage for a bit,” Costin said  - to meet operational expenses.

“I understand the big picture, but we are not going to be able to start the conversation on the big picture unless we do this little bit now,” Costin said.

The Port Authority divided community outreach among commissioners. They will approach potential corporate sponsors and other organizations in a position to assist.

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