Located in Gulf County, Florida, the Port of Port St. Joe offers a deep-water seaport with nearly 1,900 linear feet at the ship channel turning basin. The port is well suited for bulk and cargo shipments, offering access to rail, the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and state and U.S. highways.
One of the port’s greatest assets is the approximately 300 acres of combined ready-to-be-leased lands adjacent to the bulkheads and the more than 5,000 acres of land in the port environs available for immediate development. Businesses wishing to establish facilities have plenty of room to build and expand. Additionally, much of the bulkhead area has water, sewer and electric in place.
Goals & Objectives
- Complete and adopt the new Port Master Plan.
- Attract appropriate users – port tenants, shippers and manufacturers – to bring the job creation and economic development opportunities desired by the community.
- Initiate the process of resuming maintenance dredging of the ship channel.
- Enhance the Apalachicola Northern Railway (AN Railway) line that serves the port and connects with the CSXT Class I mainline.
Current or Planned Investments
With much of the basic infrastructure in place, there remain many improvement projects that will be required to develop a fully operational seaport. The Port Authority and private partner, The St. Joe Company, have marketing efforts under way to ensure additional investment projects align with defined demand and support identified markets.
- A permit was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow for spoil disposal as part of the planned dredging of the port’s navigational channel to the maximum authorized depth of 37 feet.
- The Port Authority signed a Letter of Interest with Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation expressing an interest in transporting materials via the port and the AN Railway provided that the port channel is dredged and improvements are completed to the railway.
- The St. Joe Company signed a Letter of Intent with Enova Energy Group, a full service, clean-energy development company who has expressed an interest in transporting a minimum of one-million-metric tons per year of wood pellets using the AN Railway to the Port of Port St. Joe for furtherance to overseas markets. The Letter of Intent is contingent upon the Port of Port St. Joe receiving funding to complete maintenance dredging of the shipping channel 83.
- The St. Joe Company signed a Letter of Intent with Green Circle Bio Energy, Inc., a producer of biomass based renewable energy. It anticipates several potential new business development opportunities to create jobs in the northwest Florida Green Circle is interested in leasing a site from St. Joe along the AN Railway to develop a wood pellet production facility. Green Circle operates the world’s second largest wood pellet plant in Cottondale, Florida. The wood pellets produced at the new production facility can be transported via truck or rail to the port for further shipment overseas. The Letter of Intent is contingent upon the Port of Port St. Joe receiving funding to complete maintenance dredging of the shipping channel.
North Florida, Alabama and Georgia.
The recently implemented marketing initiatives are helping identify the Port of Port St. Joe’s trading partners.
To enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the Port St. Joe area and Northwest Florida region by fostering the growth of domestic and foreign commerce.