Taking stock of the community’s assets

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Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:38 AM.

New eyes often offer new perspective on old sights.

Such was the exercise last week as the Competitive Florida Partnership process began the assessing, or mapping, of the assets that make Port St. Joe well, Port St. Joe.

And if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, having roughly a dozen pairs of new eyeballs focused on the local landscape provided testimony of things maybe many residents take for granted.

The great parks, the beautiful bay, gorgeous beaches and canopies of oaks, pines and palms – new eyes provided a new coat of shellac for the postcard that is Port St. Joe.

“I would love to live here,” said Bob Farley, city manager in White Springs, one of three communities other than Port St. Joe participating in the Department of Economic Opportunity pilot project Competitive Florida Partnership.

“We just don’t have what you have here. I am so impressed with this area. There is a true Florida lifestyle here.”

Farley was among roughly a dozen folks who came from out of town to participate in a Community Asset Mapping Exercise, which is a significant part of the Competitive Florida Partnership process.

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