“BEVERLY HILLS — Residents curious about Port Citrus packed the Lions Den on Wednesday to raise questions with the port director.Citrus County Administrator Brad Thorpe addresses the Citrus County Council Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Lions Club. Thorpe talked about Port Citrus, a project being planned for the barge canal, and the benefits it will bring to Citrus County. [Read more...]
“With an eye on the expanding global shipping trade, highlighted by the continued widened of the Panama Canal, state legislators upped the amount of money that will be available to upgrade the state’s seaports.
Legislators increased the non-designated port funding from $117 million in the current year to [Read more...]
“BEVERLY HILLS — For the most part, Brad Thorpe has brought his Port Citrus presentation into friendly
Economic groups in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties have warmly embraced the concept of a port on the Cross Florida Barge Canal.
This Wednesday, Thorpe heads into the Lions Den. [Read more...]
“INVERNESS — Brad Thorpe knows Port Citrus is not a done deal.
It’s not a slam dunk. Not a sure thing. It could bring jobs but, then again, a lot of things have to happen for that to occur.
“There’s peril in here,” Thorpe said. “I’m not naive about this.”
Thorpe is the Citrus County administrator who, in the last 12 months, also assumed a new title: port director. [Read more...]
“INVERNESS — Citrus County officials believe in the viability of Port Citrus, but they also acknowledge a potential roadblock: How does product barged into the port get to its destination?
County Administrator Brad Thorpe, who also is the port director, said a key component to the port’s success is an “inland port” being developed in Marion County at U.S. 27 and Interstate 75. [Read more...]
“When the concept of Port Citrus was launched a year ago, many Citrus County residents initially considered it a progression of the then year-old plan for a port district and a marina community on a portion of the former Cross Florida Barge Canal.
Hollinswood Harbor hit the news in November 2011, after Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to create the port district in the comprehensive plan and rezoned Dixie Hollins’ 547 acres of industrial, conservation and mining property north of the canal to open [Read more...]
“There’s a lot more information that we need to know, so I am awaiting the outcome of the feasibility study. Having a functioning port is a good idea, sure. But how it can function, I don’t know.” – Jim Farley, Crystal River mayor.
“I’m not very excited about it. I would give priority to the airport and the business park in Inverness, which has been talked about for [Read more...]
“For all the talk of Florida’s 14 ports that are being prepped to capture the expansion of cargo through the Panama Canal and the overall growth in international trade, there is a possible 15th on the western horizon.
Officials in Citrus County are looking to capture some of the growing trade. Their eyes are not on creating a deepwater port that would be able to dock the massive [Read more...]
“PORT ST. JOE — When the paper mill closed in 1998, this Panhandle city had a collective heart attack.
The town’s largest employer by far, the closing eliminated more than 800 jobs. Its impact spread farther: The paper mill was the largest property taxpayer, the largest user of natural gas, the largest electric utility customer. [Read more...]
Children grow up, graduate high school, attend college and leave home for good because there are no opportunities to make a living.
Charlotte Faircloth knows all about that. The 21-year-old Port St. Joe resident knows many friends who don’t want to leave, but feel they have no choice.
So count Faircloth as a big supporter of the Port of Port St. Joe. [Read more...]