‘Protect Our Port’ campaign underway

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

“We just appreciate what Capital City Bank is doing,” said Port Authority chair Leonard Costin. “This request did not come from us.”

The mortgage on the so-called Parcel B – which is the subject of a foreclosure hearing next week – is one of the most pressing issues facing the Port Authority.

The goal of the “Protect Our Port” campaign, which will include civic and elected officials working with Ron Sachs Media, is to convince the governor that maintaining the port in public hands in the best option for the community, county and region.

“It is important we keep that property in public hands,” said Port Authority member Patrick Jones. “This is important to the community and to the port.”

Time, Raffield said, was not on the port’s side.

The goal is to kick off the “Protect Our Port” campaign this week, complete with a letter-writing campaign to the governor emphasizing the importance of developing the port.

“This isn’t a Port St. Joe issue, this is a Gulf County issue,” Raffield said.

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