St. Joe, Port Authority to partner on initial dredging work

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 08:59 AM.

The Port Authority took a huge first step in the dredging of the shipping channel last week.

The board can thank the St. Joe Company for the assist.

Port Authority chair Leonard Costin said he had received a pledge from St. Joe Company officials to provide the local match to a Florida Department of Transportation grant that would begin the work toward dredging the Port of Port St. Joe shipping channel.

The FDOT grant is for $750,000, said port director Tommy Pitts, with a local match of $250,000.

Costin said St. Joe had “graciously” agreed to provide the quarter million dollars.

“They stepped up to the plate,” Costin said. “That is the first big hurdle. We’ll be moving ahead from there.”

The Port Authority board approved a joint participation agreement with the FDOT and St. Joe to move ahead on a study of the dredging, with Pitts noting a sense of urgency in encumbering the grant dollars before the end of the fiscal year.

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