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JAXPORT getting state funding for infrastructure, needs to deepen port to qualify for more

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Updated: 1/13 10:03 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's governor joined local leaders at JAXPORT Monday to unveil that more money than ever is coming to help build up Florida's infrastructure.

Gov. Rick Scott is putting his money where is mouth is. This year a record amount of funding will go toward infrastructure -- $8.8 billion, ultimately paid for by the people.

"Our state's growing. We have more tourists coming down to our state that pay sales taxes, people are buying homes, pay property taxes, they move to our state, tourists, our budget's getting bigger," Scott said.

A port of the funds, $1.38 million, will be for sea port improvements.

The state will invest $2.6 million at JAXPORT's Blount Island Terminal for upgrades to handle heavier cargo.

Action News asked Florida's secretary of transportation what it will take for JAXPORT to walk away with a bigger chunk of the pie. Ananth Prasad said port deepening is what's holding JAXPORT back.

"The reason Miami is getting more funds is because Miami is the only port currently authorized to go to 50 foot channels," he said. "Once JAXPORT is authorized we are going to work with the mayor, and JAXPORT and (the) state to invest in this port."

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