CRYSTAL RIVER — The idea seemed like something shot out of a cannon — a proposal so lofty that it left some in the audience stunned by its breadth.
“This was really a knock-your-socks-off presentation,” Theodora Rusnak, president of the Citrus County Council, said at the time.
It was a Tuesday in late February 2011. Tampa attorney Fred Busack, known as the expert behind creating the Transportation Planning Organization, explained in great detail how the widening of the Panama Canal could spell big-time prosperity in Citrus County.
Busack’s power point at the commission meeting discussed post-Panamax container ships, the seaport competition in Florida, Texas, California and Mexico, and a concept called trans-sea lifters, or TSLs, which hadn’t been built yet but could eventually move containers to small ports with water depth too shallow to handle large ships.
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