Stakeholders express support for port development

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:58 AM.

Some 75 percent of Florida Department of Transportation discretionary funding is earmarked for members of the SIS.

The Port of Port St. Joe was designated an emerging SIS destination four years ago and is applying for an extension of that designation, which expires in the spring.

“Everything seems to be moving along,” said Jason Alderman of the FDOT District III office in Chipley, which is making the case for the Port of Port St. Joe. “I think we are ahead of the game. We expect a favorable answer (from the main FDOT office).”

Dane Caldwell with the St. Joe company expressed its company’s support, which was originally sketched in a collaboration agreement signed early this year between the company and Port Authority to work together to develop the port, including the roughly 300 combined acres in port or St. Joe hands.

“The St. Joe Company is committed to partnering with the Port Authority,” Caldwell said, “to unlock the potential of this port and we look forward to many successful years.”

County Commissioner Warren Yeager asked if a $200,000 economic development loan provided by the Board of County Commissioners to the Port Authority last year might be leveraged as a local match for additional funding to more speedily move port development.

“Gulf County is committed to this port,” Yeager said.



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