Port receives extension of critical designation

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 09:54 AM.

The Florida Ports Council, in its annual report on the state’s seaports, also noted the progress being made at the Port of Port St. Joe.

Early in the report, the collaboration agreement between the port and St. Joe Company was noted, the partners “shrewdly marketing their combined properties to broaden the state’s scope of deepwater offerings.”

“While much of the basic infrastructure is in place, there remain many improvement projects that will be required to develop a fully operational port,” the report details under a description of the Port of Port St. Joe.

“The Port Authority and private partner, The St. Joe Company, affirm that any expenditure of funds on project development must be in response to market demands; the marketing effort now underway will help define that demand and the projects to support the identified markets.”

The report notes the Memorandum of Understanding between port and St. Joe and the lease with Eastern Shipbuilding as accomplishments in the prior year and the goals for the coming year include completing the master plan update; attracting appropriate users to bring job creation and economic development; initiating the process for resuming maintenance dredging of the ship channel; and enhancing the rail line that connects the port to the CSX mainline.

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