Port foreclosure hearing this week

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM.

But those LOIs are contingent on dredging the shipping channel to authorized depth.

Pitts said he, port officials and officials with St. Joe recently met with the staff of Congressman Steve Southerland (R-Panama City) and a legislative liaison from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get a better understanding of the process of accomplishing the dredging.

The Corps will ultimately perform the dredging.

The Port Authority and St. Joe are exploring the quickest and most efficient path to the Corps and dredging, specifically securing funding and permitting.

“It was a lot of information we had already heard and there are still more questions,” Pitts said.

Pitts said it remained unclear if on the permitting side the Port Authority would need to undertake an Environmental Impact Statement or the less time-consuming and less expensive Environmental Assessment.

There was also a question about reauthorization given the last time the shipping channel was dredged – 1980 – and Pitts said the dredging would be more expensive because of the time lapse and volume of spoil material.



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