Port dollars, local projects survive veto

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 09:49 AM.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2014-2015 Florida budget in Panama City on Monday and several local projects survived a potential veto threat.

The most significant was an appropriation to begin the dredging of the ship channel at the Port of Port St. Joe.

The governor can veto individual line items in the budget.

Remaining in the final budget was a $20 million appropriation for dredging the federally-authorized shipping channel as a critical first step in developing the Port of Port St. Joe.

The appropriation represents roughly half the estimated cost of dredging, but it is a down payment on the most crucial piece of the port puzzle.

“Without dredging nothing will ever happen,” Port Authority member Eugene Raffield has said several times over the past eight months.

The final application for a dredge permit is to be submitted to state agencies by fall with permitting and dredging beginning early next year.



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