Port foreclosure hearing this week

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

Another Port Authority meeting was spent discussing the dire revenue situation for the port as the new fiscal year dawns at the end of September.

Come the new fiscal year, the Port of Port St. Joe will operate on a “bare-bones” budget with no funding for the port director position beyond the $1 per month Pitts is currently paid.

Further office presence would be from one contract employee working part-time.

Costin said the Port Authority would make it through the current fiscal year and he has looked at a variety of sources for funding to no avail.

“We need a break,” said board member Eugene Raffield. “We need a big bone sent to this county. It has not been for lack of effort.”

Costin proposed a public fundraising campaign – he was willing to pledge $500 from his business last week which he would encourage others to match – to provide operational dollars for the port in the short-term.

“We have to keep this going,” Costin said. “We can not stop it. This is the salvation for the community and the region.

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