Port receives master plan update grant

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM.

Some 75 percent of FDOT discretionary funding is earmarked for projects within the SIS.

A letter requesting the extension – the current SIS designation expires in spring 2013 – has been drafted and communicated to the District III FDOT office in Chipley.

“I talked to (Secretary Tommy Barfield) and there is favor being shown to us,” Pitts said. “There is an expectation it will be approved at the main office in Tallahassee. There is support for this port there also.”

Board member Eugene Raffield said he sensed “a green light” for the application as staff from FDOT was recently in Port St. Joe taking photos and getting the “lay of the land” at the port.

Pitts also noted that the Port Authority has recently been approached by two parties interested in leasing a portion of the barge bulkhead along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Workforce

During a discussion pertaining to Eastern Shipbuilding Group and the city of Port St. Joe’s initial reluctance to waive water and sewer fees (see story on this page), Raffield turned to what could be done about the local workforce.



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