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

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

The money will be used for study and permitting as well as some initial engineering en route to a dredging plan, Pitts said.

The Port Authority has received qualifications to undertake the work from the two engineering firms under continuing contract with the port, but said the Port Authority should hold off until receiving clarification on several issues.

Pitts said a meeting with the county’s state legislative delegation as well as Congressman Steve Southerland would be helpful to “establish how to proceed.”

“There are a lot of questions to be answered before the process begins,” Pitts said.

Those questions are linked to the parallel paths the port is working on for the dredging, one on permitting, the other funding.

“It will be a major effort,” Pitts said.

The shipping channel has not be dredged since 1980, Pitts said.

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