Port dredge app submitted

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:44 AM.

One hurdle crossed and several high ones ahead for the Port of Port St. Joe.

An application to secure a permit to dredge the shipping channel to federally-authorized depths was submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection the first of the month as promised.

The materials submitted – the target date for submittal was March 1, a Saturday, so the date of record is March 3 – constituted a partial application dealing exclusively with reports and data essential to assessing the task of actual dredging.

Still to be submitted by Hatch Mott MacDonald, the Port Authority’s engineer of record, is data pertaining to disposal of dredged material: how, where, potential impacts, etc.

The Port Authority was encouraged to submit at least a partial application by the target of the first of March.

That allows state and federal agencies to begin to weigh-in – analyzing, requesting additional information – on the major component of the dredging process; dredging material to bring the channel to the 35-37 feet authorized depth.

“With the agencies we are finding favor that they can get notice out to all the agencies to begin work on it,” said Tommy Pitts, project manager for Hatch Mott MacDonald. “We are already responding to requests for additional information.”

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