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State Earmarks $10 Million for Port Dredging Next Year; Still Far Short of Money Needed For Job

Posted on October 12, 2015

By David Bauerlein,

Jacksonville’s pursuit of deeper ship channel stands to get $10 million in 2016-17 from the state Department of Transportation — a small down payment toward the total cost of $684 million for blasting a deeper channel so huge cargo ships can come to Jacksonville.

In contrast to the Deep Dredge in Miami’s port, where the state put deepening on a fast track by paying $112 million, the approach in Jacksonville has been a slow but steady show of support.

For the 2015-16 budget, the state set aside $15.5 million for deepening Jacksonville’s ship channel. The proposed budget for the following year started July 1, 2016, would add another $10 million.


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