Raffield back, Shoaf appointed to Port Authority

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM.

Raffield has been outspoken in his quest for dredging of the shipping channel to open up development of the Port of Port St. Joe.

Having been among board members that unanimously approved contracts to move the dredge permit application forward two weeks ago, Raffield reaffirmed that a dredged channel is critical.

As a natural, deepwater channel, Raffield noted that more than half of the channel is in good condition despite not maintenance dredging since the last 1980’s.

“I do feel if we can get that channel dredged that will solve a lot of things and talk about this and that,” Raffield said. “That is the heart line of the port. It is the deepest and most natural channel in Florida. The cost to maintain that channel will be very low compared to places like Miami.”

Shoaf, 34, is vice president of St. Joe Natural Gas Company, Inc. and was appointed for a term ending July 27, 2017. He also brings deep community roots to his position on the Port Authority.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to help bring jobs and development to Gulf County,” Shoaf said. “That is what gets me excited, to be able to work on behalf of the community to bring industry and jobs to the area.”

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