‘Protect Our Port’ campaign underway

Port Meeting
Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Capital City Bank has long pledged to work with the Port Authority on the mortgage for the barge terminal property along the Intracoastal Waterway.

This week that help is in full swing.

Working with State Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) the bank hired a firm to lobby for a $2 million appropriation in the state budget that awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.

The money would be specifically earmarked to bring the $4 million Capital City Bank mortgage current and provide much needed breathing room for the Port of Port St. Joe.

The money would stop any foreclosure hearings in the courts and would give the Port of Port St. Joe time to generate paying customers.

“This would be huge,” said Port Authority member Eugene Raffield. “This would give us at least two or three years. Bill Montford is in support.”

Capital City has also hired the Tallahassee public relations firm, Ron Sachs Media, to coordinate a campaign called “Protect Our Port” in an effort to convince the governor not to veto the appropriation, as he did last year with a $5 million appropriation for bulkhead improvements.



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