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Question of how to pay for $500 million to $700 million channel dredging remains unanswered

Posted on August 10, 2015

By Max Marbut, Daily Record

The questions associated with the potential economic and environmental impacts of deepening Jacksonville’s shipping channel have different responses depending on who’s answering them.

The main question — how to fund the $500 million-$700 million project — remains without an answer.

While the concept for the project has been approved by the federal government, no funds have been appropriated on the federal, state or local levels for dredging. All three will have to commit the funds before the project can begin.


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