Port focuses on potential clients

Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM.

“They continue to shake the bushes,” Gonzalez said. “There is no specific update, but they are very actively identifying potential clients.”

The market analysis by the Bank of Montreal will be incorporated within the port master plan currently being updated, Pitts said.

Pitts said the pace of the update would be picking up in the next few weeks.

A Florida Department of Transportation grant of $5 million has been earmarked for improvements to the Genessee-Wyoming rail line between Port St. Joe and Chattahoochee, Gonzalez said, with the final milestone before the funding is released a joint rail planning agreement.

Gonzalez said that document is close to being executed and said he was confident it would be executed soon.

Rail access and dredging have been identified as keys to unlocking the port’s potential.

The G-W railroad has indicated it will be a 12 month project to improve the lines along the approximately 90-mile stretch. Gonzalez said the northern 40 miles or so are in good shape, but work must be completed on bridges over the span, including that over the Apalachicola River.

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