Regional planning council expresses support for port

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:43 AM.

Citing the progress of the recent past and the potential for the future, the Apalachee Regional Planning Council recently unanimously passed a resolution supporting ongoing efforts to develop the Port of Port St. Joe.

The ARPC planning area includes Gulf County.

The council also urged, as the Board of County Commissioners has, for other counties in the region to get onboard to support development of the port.

“(The planning council) encourages all the communities of the Apalachee Region to pledge their support and cooperation in these efforts,” read the resolution signed by council chair John S. Jones, Jr. and executive director Charles D. Blume.

The resolution is part of region-wide effort to support the work of the St. Joe Company and Port of Port St. Joe officials in development of the port.

The ARPC has long championed the Port of Port St. Joe as a fulcrum for economic development in a region that includes Gulf, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden and Wakulla counties and the 28 municipalities in those counties.

“The Council seeks to continue its long history of support for the development of the Port of Port St. Joe through its partnerships with the St. Joe Company and other cooperatives of both public and private investment for the growth and promotion of the deepwater port as a gateway to international trade,” the ARPC resolution begins.

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