Tuesday, February 26, 2013
JAXPORT board approves 47-foot federal channel
Yesterday the JAXPORT Board of Directors voted to pursue additional local funding in order to deepen the harbor to 47 feet, a move necessary for the Jacksonville location to remain competitive with other East Coast ports.
As the local harbor sponsor, the port accepted a staff recommendation to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge a 47-foot federal channel. The Corps will release its initial harbor deepening study in May 2013.
"We all know that there is incredible opportunity just over the horizon for North Florida and the ability to be the first or last port of call for the larger cargo vessels fully loaded means jobs and positive growth for the private sector in our region" said JAXPORT Interim CEO Roy Schleicher. "We must maximize the use of the public assets under our management and we must do so now."
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