Six years of community investment

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

Those grants have also contributed to the effort to move the Cape San Blas Lighthouse into the city as well as fund a documentary of that move as well as master planning for a new bayside park which city commissioners put on the backburner to concentrate on the lighthouse relocation.

The PSJRA has invested $2.5 million into the local business community, for projects from improvements in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe – added to the expanded agency boundaries in the past five years – to planning and visioning to construction.

The efforts, Alsobrook said, is part of an agency goal to be an agent for improvement in the city.

“Redevelopment is a grassroots organization,” Alsobrook said. “There is nothing between what the people want and what the PSJRA can do.

“The PSJRA board is a product of board development. We have board members that represent the professions that give us the expertise we need.”

That grassroots effort, Alsobrook added, also includes partnerships – with the Gulf County Tourist Development Council on the Reid Avenue historic banner series or the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce on events such as the Salt Air Farmer’s Market.

That collaboration also extends to City Hall, where Alsobrook said she has gained significant assistance from city manager Jim Anderson and Public Works director John Grantland.

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