St. Joe engages Bank of Montreal on port development

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:59 AM.

“We received about 80 applications during the resource fair recently sponsored by the Workforce Board in Eastpoint,” Barnes said. “We have also received applications from Port St. Joe recruiting.  Hopefully we can assist some of these hard workers with stable employment opportunities at our Bay County shipyards.”

Barnes noted that Eastern has training classes for welding, pipefitting, and shipfitting, and run continuous classes for these skills. The classes are held at the company’s Allanton facility and pay $10 an hour while students are training.

“We have a good partnership with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board and we are working diligently with them to find qualified employees,” Barnes said. “The Workforce Board is also exploring options for transportation to Panama City for Gulf County and Franklin County residents.”


Port Authority members last week also discussed the Capital City Loan of more than $4 million that looms, with the bank having formally filed foreclosure papers on the port land where the barge bulkhead is situated.

Port attorney Tom Gibson, who said the filing was expected, said his attempts to line up an attorney to defend the foreclosure – Gibson can not represent the port due to conflict and Mel Magidson declined an approach by Gibson – have yet to be successful.

He would continue to explore options, but emphasized the Port Authority did not want to default due to a lack of response and said an extension had been granted through Oct. 15 to answer the filing by Capital City Bank.

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