Mile Point project gets unanimous nod from federal review panel
December 14, 2011
JAXPORT CEO Paul Anderson led a delegation to Washington, D.C. yesterday, urging approval of the Mile Point fix before a high-level U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review panel and briefing the group on the critical need for this project. The five-person Civil Works Review Board voted unanimously to move the Mile Point project to the next stage of the approval process and gave the project its unconditional endorsement.
Anderson’s presentation to the group focused on the positive job creation and economic impact that will result from the Mile Point correction. The review panel also heard details of the project design and benefits from representatives of the U.S Army Corps’ Jacksonville District. The Civil Review Board is made up of military and civilian Corps leadership.
Anderson told the review board, “We urge you to move this project forward thoughtfully but expeditiously. Our future depends on it.”
The $40 million construction project to correct a navigational hazard and restriction in the St. Johns River now goes to various state and federal agencies for review and comment. A final Chief of Engineer’s report from the Army Corps in Washington will follow, the final step before Congress is asked to authorize and fund the project.
Also speaking in support of the project at yesterday’s review were Doug Darling, Executive Director, Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity; Jay Winegeart of the St. Johns River Bar Pilots Association; and Colonel Alfred Pantano, Jacksonville District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.