Six years of community investment


Gail Alsobrook, executive director of the PSJRA, seals the deck at the Rish Memorial Parking Lot with the assistance of some volunteers.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 09:31 AM.

As with the landscaping along U.S. Highway 98, the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency continues to expand its roots in 2014.

With a $3.8 million investment in the community since 2006, the seeds have certainly been planted.

The PSJRA celebrated a successful 2013 last month, capping off a calendar year in which a new downtown banner series was unveiled, the new Billy Joe Rish Parking Lot and deck was completed, a project to construct new sidewalks along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. finally has the green light and highway landscaping reached the George Tapper Bridge.

With a slide in property values having impacted the Tax Increment Funding – a percentage of property value increases within the boundaries of the PSJRA compared to a baseline year – that supports the PSJRA.

The county and city of Port St. Joe have both seen statute-required contributions to the PSJRA recede in the past few years.

But the agency has nonetheless been able to use those funds to bring more than $1.3 million in active grant funding during 2013.

“We have limited funds and we were diligent in leveraging those funds for grant dollars,” said executive director Gail Alsobrook.

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