Port dredge app submitted

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

“(Hurdles identifying viable disposal sites) is not insurmountable and is something we will accomplish,” Pitts said. “Our goal is the permit.”

Representatives from the Corps, Pitts added, as also looking at the possibility of undertaking the dredging itself under a “contributed funds agreement.”

That would mean the Corps would use the funds allocated by the FDEP to complete the dredge project.

From the Port Authority’s side, what is needed is a schedule from the Corps that the project could be completed no later than the second quarter of 2015 – though the target remains the first quarter to set in motion two Letters of Intent to ship 1.25 million tons of wood pellets annually through the port.

For the Corps, it would use the data for the application submitted to the DEP by Hatch Mott to substantiate the cause for dredging, freeing up Hatch Mott to concentrate on the studies related to the disposal component.

The Corps would complete the dredging without the Port Authority or Hatch Mott carrying the responsibility of contracting and performing that work.

The Corps could tap into $400,000 in federal funds earmarked two years ago for the port to begin its work pending appropriation from the Florida Legislature and FDEP this spring, Pitts said.

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