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Shipper that JaxPort turned away in 2012 announces $100 million investment in Port Canaveral

Agreement could create 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in central Florida

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 5:43pm  |  Updated: June 23, 2014 - 5:57pm

Gulftainer, an international shipping firm whose proposal to invest $250 million for a cargo terminal at Blount Island was turned down by Jacksonville Port Authority officials in 2012, announced Monday a $100 million investment at another Florida port.

Port Canaveral in Brevard County has signed a 35-year agreement with a Gulftainer subsidiary to operate and develop its container and multipurpose cargo terminal, which port officials there say could ultimately lead to as many as 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in central Florida.

“This is a true game-changer that will strengthen our cargo operations,” Canaveral Port Authority Commission Chairman Tom Weinberg said in a news release.

In 2012, Gulftainer outlined a proposal to lease 123 acres of space at Blount Island and invest up to $250 million for a cargo terminal that would have been one of the biggest in Jacksonville.

After port officials met once with Gulftainer, former JaxPort CEO Paul Anderson, who now leads Port Tampa Bay, wrote the firm a letter saying the proposal did not fit into the authority’s future strategic development plans, which it was in the process of creating.

A Gulftainer managing director said at the time Anderson’s move was tantamount to having been “dismissed without even the thought of further discussions.”

After hearing from existing Blount Island tenants who said the 754-acre facility was already full and that moving them off to accommodate Gulftainer would jeopardize investments their companies planned in the future, the port authority board later voted to indefinitely shelve the proposal.

For its Port Canaveral plans, Gulftainer says it plans to hire 100 percent of its full-time employees from Brevard County and the Central Florida, and port officials say the $100 million investment in infrastructure and manpower will contribute more than $630 million to the local economy, $280 million in revenue to Port Canaveral and generate more than $350 million in tax revenue.

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johnctaughtme
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johnctaughtme 06/23/14 - 07:25 pm
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Another example of

Another example of Jacksonville brilliance, from an independent agency. It is almost unimaginable that the Haydon Burns administration would have allowed such a thing to happen. Not a major corporate headquarters has moved here in decades, as the city becomes more and more dependent on low-wage, transient jobs. Just another incident which should result in more investigation from City Council, Duval Legislative Delegation, business and civic leaders, as well as editors, but very likely will not.

Somebody please remind me of how term limits have helped us, especially in view of such situations. Current politicians have an eight-year view of their responsibilities, with little long term vision. That is one reason why opportunities like this are lost here.

Another article in this issue again bemoans the lack of downtown development and improvement. We can't make a major port into what it should and could be, and somebody expects a Cinderella-like makeover of downtown?

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Othello 06/23/14 - 07:50 pm
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Savannah is going to take

Savannah is going to take more business away from Jacksonville because of the lack of leadership in Jacksonville. Savannah has already started dredging on their harbor while Jacksonville is at least 3 years away from dredging thanks to the incompetent Army Corps of Engineers and the lack of leadership in city hall which is too busy wasting money on a couple of pontoon boats instead of trying to attract shopping companies to the port.

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Lie Detector 06/23/14 - 09:19 pm
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Those nasty police and fire

Those nasty police and fire unions they must have caused this.

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tinman 06/24/14 - 07:18 am
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This is infuriating.

This is infuriating. Jacksonville is perfectly situated to become a major shipping/transportation hub, and it is being wasted. Expand the port, invest in the decaying rail lines, and watch how many manufacturers move here. Then the city would have the money to throw away on their downtown projects.

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johnctaughtme 06/24/14 - 02:39 pm
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It is remarkable. Every

It is remarkable. Every weekend festival of one sort of another, every one-time sporting event, are hailed as being the next big thing for Jacksonville. We are told that some such events bring tens of millions of dollars to Jacksonville. I understand the "multiplier effect", but have you ever really done the math on that stuff yourselves?

At any rate, the City, and business and civic leaders rah-rah all of that stuff, and let something like this get by us.

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