Port dredge app submitted

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

The “partial” application consisted of two large three-ring bound notebooks, each of which would dwarf a major city’s white pages.

The work on the disposal effort continues, Pitts said.

As the volume of dredged material now far exceeds what was estimated, additional uplands will have to be identified, he said. Hatch Mott and the Port Authority are being assisted in the effort by collaborative partner St. Joe Company, but Pitts noted there is not an abundance of “contiguous” acreage in the region.

The disposal portion of the application also required additional technical and specialized studies, Pitts said. Beginning and completing those studies hinges on identifying sufficient land.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pitts said, is “exploring cooperating” with the dredge project in key aspects, Pitts said.

One would be working with project leaders to consider using at least a portion of the Gulf County Canal – which is currently deeper than authorized – for some of the dredged material, which would alleviate the need and cost associated with identifying additional uplands.

The Corps’ assistance would be critical since it would be possible moving spoil into the canal would be impacting a Corps project which would necessitate a time-consuming and costly impact study by the Corps.

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