Remaining operationally viable key for Port Authority of Port St. Joe

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 09:28 AM.

As a first step in a community campaign, the Port Authority further whittled what was already a slim budget.

Contractor Nadine Lee, who serves as the port’s administrative assistant, agreed to volunteer her time until at least the end of year, rendering the administrative portion of the budget nil given that Pitts was already at $1 per month.

“I’d be willing to work for free until you get some money,” she told board members. “I believe that much in the port. I feel we are going to get the money.”

Board member Patrick Jones noted that the Port Authority was spending $14,000 a month in administrative expenses a few years ago and was now projecting $14,000 a month. Now, the administrative line item had disappeared.

“The work still has to get done,” Jones said. “You’d be coming in as lean as any company could get. If (Lee) isn’t going to do it, who will?”

The Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc. has agreed to assist with some overlapping expenses – Pitts has worked with the EDA and the EDA on the port for several months.

After cutting other expenses where possible and landing on a “bare-bones” budget, the budget for the coming fiscal year was reduced to just under $54,000.

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