Port dredge case ‘positive’

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 03:08 PM.

“That only makes the story that much stronger,” Lewis agreed. “You should capitalize on investments already made.”

And, Lewis noted, the ROI only quantifies the impacts of just two identified potential clients.

Those two companies, however, are not the only parties showing interest in the port, just the two that have formally signed agreements.

The Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation has offered a letter of interest to ship aggregate and sand through the port, which would effectively double the volume estimated from Green Circle Energy and Ernova.

In addition, the Port Authority has seen a recent uptick in inquiries, with at least two potential clients to visit in the next few weeks, said board chairman Leonard Costin.

“You have a great case with the worst case,” Lewis said.

The key, Costin said, is making that case successfully to the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, who has repeatedly told port officials that state investment hinges in large measure on a return.

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