JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaxport gets a big financial boost from the state which will finance port improvements at several locations.
"The realization on the part of the state's leadership that in order to do good things for our citizens we need to invest in our ports is extremely rewarding," says Jaxport spokeswoman Nancy Rubin. "[The ports] are in need of significant revitalization to help us remain competitive."
Of the $27.5 million, nearly $14.8 million will go to Blount Island Terminal improvements.
Rubin says they're grateful state leadership recognizes the importance of the port to the First Coast but says there's always the need for more. She says the workload these facilities and equipment take on a daily basis is incredible and the fact that some of them are decades old makes the need for money even greater.
"Ports are an expensive business, I mean, there's no way around it."
Rubin says the challenge now is coordinating the improvements so they can stay in business while they work on the port itself.