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Jaxport anxious for President Obama's visit, and future projects

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Updated: 7/24/2013 7:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- President Obama is unveiling his vision for the economy and is using Jacksonville as his backdrop.

Jaxport has been a key component to economic growth for our city, and leaders hope this visit will help them move forward with their plans for growth.

Jaxport has so much potential to compete globally.

"There are ports up and down the East Coast waiting to take the cargo that we cannot handle," said Jaxport Spokeswoman Nancy Rubin.

Jaxport officials hope the president will see how important dredging is for our area.

"About a year ago the president really highlighted his understanding of what ports mean to this nation when he added two of our important port projects in Jacksonville to his 'We Can't Wait' initiative," said Rubin.

President Obama put the Mile Point Project and the deepening project on the fast track, with the completion of a study that looked at the pros and cons of dredging the St. Johns River. Rubin says those projects are designed to maximize the use of their public terminals.

"It will allow us to bring more cargo to create more employment, having to do directly with the cargo and indirectly with businesses that are supported by the movement of goods," she said.

The Mile Point project would cost $38 million, which is being paid with state and local funding. Rubin tells me the deepening project is projected to cost $700 million, but is still being studied. Both are an investment I'm told can support thousands of jobs.

Spurring job growth is a focus of President Obama's and the Jaxport Authority as well. Jaxport officials say the Mile Point project is closer to becoming a reality, but needs final approval from Congress.
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Truthseeker - 7/25/2013 4:31 AM
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Obama needs to stay away from N.E. Florida. First of all, if he goes near any of the projects around here, he will tax them out of existence. Secondly, most of the people in this area are good, honest people. We don't need him and his Socialist cabal corrupting them. He needs to go back to his Washington, D.C. scum pit.

Lefty - 7/24/2013 10:14 PM
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Or is it to announce the appointment of Angela Corey to head DHS? Failing upwards...hallmark of the Obama administration.

Lefty - 7/24/2013 10:13 PM
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Which golf course(s) will he be visiting? We know that's the real reason for his visit.

Gunny48 - 7/24/2013 8:18 PM
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Put a carrier at NS Mayport and leave the river alone!

Realchange - 7/24/2013 7:59 PM
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Obama is not welcome in Jacksonville. His remarks about he could been Travyon Martin still rings in many of our ears. Pot smoking, purple lean guzzling, stealing and burglarizing homes, trying buy street hand gun at 17, bragging about beating people, bragging he would harm a snitch more. This is the man that Obama says was just like him. That tells me Obama endorses criminals over work ethics. Wants take guns out the hands the common citizen to make it easier for criminals to attack with confidence. Highly paraphrased from a famous fore father. He claims he supports the Constitution and laws but turns blind eye to enforcing laws he does not like. Obama should stay away from Jacksonville we don't want a for all thugs nationwide politician here.
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