Port focused on dredging, foreclosure

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 09:53 AM.

Toward that end, he said, it was important that all stakeholders in the Port of Port St. Joe be on the same page in lobbying for dredging.

“We need to have a consistent message that dredging is a priority,” Pitts said.

The complexity is in understanding what will be needed to open the shipping channel to accommodate the large ships that are a target for efforts by the Bank of Montreal, engaged by The St. Joe Company to market the port.

Pitts said the equation must take in the nature of the materials dredged, where those dredged materials could be placed and how much material needs to be moved.

Pitts said that the turning basin the shipping channel, for example, by its nature might not need to be dredged to 35 feet.

“The meeting with the Corps was very positive,” Gonzalez said. “I thought their perception was one to assist.”

Pitts added, “I thought they were surprised by the progress we have made.”



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