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Dialysis
Gulf backs dialysis center subsidy, seeks Franklin help
01/06/2022
Gulf County could soon see the return of a full-service kidney dialysis center, thanks largely to a generous five-year subsidy from the county to cover start-up costs. Whether Franklin County is willing to chip in a portion of that subsidy, and what pot of money it might come out of, remains up in the air.
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Aerospace
Wewa-based aerospace company creates Space Tourism Division
01/06/2022
UAV Corp. is opening a new division within their Gulf County operations that aims to use their existing airship technology to make space travel more accessible, the company announced on Dec. 21.
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Port Authority
Port Authority closer to securing dredging dollars
09/23/2021
The Port of Port St. Joe Port Authority is one step closer to securing $15 million from Triumph to help fund a dredging project that would deepen the channel allowing ships to enter the bay.
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Staten Island Ferry
Farewell, Staten Island Ferry
08/17/2021
On Friday, as a crowd of Eastern Shipbuilding shipyard workers gathered at the water’s edge to watch, the tugboat Colonel eased from its mooring at 1:55 p.m. with the Staten Island Ferry SSG Michael H. Ollis in tow, embarking on its approximately 12-day journey around Florida and up the East Coast for delivery to the New York Department of Transportation.
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Deletrates
County ‘commemorates beautifully’ Eastern shipyard opening
07/15/2021
Standing beside a pair of freshly finished, pumpkin-orange ferries, soon to shuttle millions of New Yorkers each year between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island, the ninth smallest county in Florida celebrated its good fortune Thursday morning.
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Twin Rivers
Twin Rivers opens Port after 20-year hiatus
05/17/2021
Sunday’s arrival of the foreign flag ship M/V UBC Saiki in St. Joe Bay signaled the opening of the St. Joe Port to the international shipping world for the first time in over 20 years. The port reopening has for many years been the mission of husband-and-wife team Clay and Ashley Crosby, owners of Twin Rivers Company.
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Commissioners Tour
Commissioners tour Eastern Shipbuilding
04/05/2021
The fruits of seeds sowed years ago with a $6 million investment in infrastructure for a shipyard on the old mill site were sampled by Gulf County commissioners and other dignitaries on a tour Monday. Hosted by Eastern Shipbuilding President Joey D’Isernia, commissioners got an up-close and personal view of the new buildings, roadways, fencing, lighting, water lines and electrical service that populate the site, including the heavy-duty bollards necessary for mooring ships.
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Staten Island Ferry a welcome arrival
03/04/2021
When thousands of New Yorkers travel to and fro between Manhattan and Staten Island in the years ahead, they won’t be thinking about Port St. Joe.
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State grant provides help for airport infrastructure
02/11/2021
Gulf County has been awarded close to a half-million dollars in rural infrastructure dollars that will go towards completing infrastructure improvements at Costin Airport.
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Ground Breaking
Breaking fresh ground
12/01/2020
They broke ground last week on the first expansion of the Gulf Franklin campus in 22 years.
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Airship
Skyborne’s newest airship passes test
11/23/2020
It’s called a DATT SA-70 semi-rigid airship, and it’s tested positive. Three months after Wewahitchka-based Skyborne Technology, Inc.’s investment arm, which owns Costin Airport in Port St. Joe, sailed through its annual inspection for manned and unmanned operations at the airport, the company has passed an essential stress test for getting its airship off the ground, and ultimately by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Officials Picture
A disaster in the unmaking
10/26/2020
The rotunda of Port St. Joe’s First United Methodist Church abounded with smiles because a disaster was being healed. At a Tuesday morning ceremony, Dana Gartzke, assistant secretary of the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, was the bearer of good news with his announcement that the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will be the recipient of EDA disaster grant funds.
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Chip Ship
Chip shipping sets sail
10/19/2020
Woodchip shipping out of St. Joe may be a tongue twister, but it’s a welcome one. The shipping of woodchips to Honduras took a big step forward this week with the arrival of four barges of woodchips from Pensacola.
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Solar Farm
Duke to build solar farm next year
10/05/2020
The blossoming of solar energy in Florida will sprout in Gulf County next year.
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Wood Chips
Port to ship wood chips to Honduras
10/05/2020
By the end of this month, they’ll be shipping wood out of Port St. Joe to Honduras, a first chip in what county leaders hope will be a big block of economic growth.
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Airship
Building an airship in Wewahitchka
09/28/2020
Behind the brick walls of the Industrial Park in Wewahitchka something aerial is going down.
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Skyborne
New name, same mission for Skyborne
08/12/2020
The name of the parent company will be changing, but Wewahitchka-based Skyborne Technology, Inc. remains on track to take off this fall. Skyborne Technology Investment Properties, which owns Costin Airport in Port St. Joe, recently passed its annual inspection for manned and unmanned operations at the airport, according to a company press release.
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Drone Programs
Triumph approves GCSC drone programs
06/29/2020
Telecommunication issues notwithstanding, last Thursday’s meeting of the board of Triumph Gulf Coast was quite productive for Gulf Coast State College. The Triumph board finalized a grant agreement with the college for a drone “boot camp” program for exiting military personnel and their spouses in eight Northwest Florida counties.
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PSJ Marina rebuild to begin this month
05/07/2020
The rebuilding of the Port St. Joe Marina is about to break ground. The St. Joe Company announced last week its plan to construct a dry storage facility at the marina, which the company owns.
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Triumph forwards two Gulf/Franklin projects
05/07/2020
Depending on point of view last week’s meeting of the board of Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. was a mixed bag. For Gulf Coast State College, and its Gulf/Franklin Campus, it was a fruitful day with two projects that would be located in Gulf County moved ahead in the pipeline by the Triumph board.
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Skyborne
Skyborne acquired by technology company
03/19/2020
There might be a name or logo change in the future. But Tuesday’s announcement that Skyborne Technology had been acquired by another technology company was nothing but good news for Skyborne President and CEO Mike Lawson and his aspirations for his company’s Gulf County operations.
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Drone
Triumph board provides “conceptual” approval to GCSC drone program
03/17/2020
The first step forward on a project to expand drone programs at Gulf Coast State College was taken last week by the board of Triumph Gulf Coast.
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Growing A Lasting Food Source - Deseret In The Florida Panhandle
01/16/2020
Most Florida farm producers are very good at conserving natural resources as they grow food. They know their livelihoods depend upon the land and water they manage. Michael Archibald and his employees at Deseret Cattle & Timber have a mission to preserve a substantial agricultural property for the indefinite future. They produce cattle and timber on more than 300,000 acres in various parcels located west of the Apalachicola River.
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New Ship
Eastern Shipbuilding launches first of Staten Island ferries
12/29/2019
The long-sought expansion into Gulf County of Eastern Shipbuilding could happen before the end of the year, according to county officials.
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Triumph grant
Triumph grant will double Gulf/Franklin nursing program
12/29/2019
Double the graduates double the nurses while expanding opportunities is the focus of a grant recently received by Gulf Coast State College.
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Port St Joe Marina
City Approves Marina Development
10/14/2019
Port St. Joe city commissioners last week approved plans by the St. Joe Company for development of the Port St. Joe Marina.
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USI
Drone Institute to establish County Training Center
07/15/2019
The Unmanned Safety Institute, which provides flight safety training and certification for unmanned aviation systems, or drones, announced this week it will establish the USI Center of Excellence at Gulf Coast State College’s Gulf/Franklin campus.
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Airport Purchase
County, Skyborne celebrate airport purchase
04/08/2019
Skyborne Technology joined with county officials as they celebrated the company’s acquisition of the airport facility and expansion to the south end of the county of its operations.
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County lends support to $450M biofuel project
04/01/2019
The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday lent support to a project to build a $450 million biofuel plant in Gulf County.
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Gulf County Industrial park
Skyborne, county celebrate airport purchase today
04/01/2019
Company and local officials are flying high over the recently announced expansion of Skyborne Technology. Skyborne and partner Unmanned Systems, Inc. (USI) will be demonstrating some of the reasons why beginning at 12 p.m. ET today at Costin Airport off Rutherford Road in Port St. Joe.
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Drones
Skyborne Technology Acquires Costin Airport
03/20/2019
Skyborne Technology, Inc. expanded its Gulf County footprint this week. The developer, designer and manufacturer of manned and unmanned aviation systems, which established its first United States facility last fall in Gulf… Mar. 14, 2019
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Eastern Shipbuilding Breaks Ground in Port St Joe on the Old Paper Mill Site
06/04/2018
By: Kirsten Mitchell PORT ST. JOE, Fla. - Eastern Shipbuilding continues to expand in the Panhandle bringing jobs along for the ride. This time they are headed to Gulf County to build on a piece of land that's been vacant for nearly 20 years.
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PORT AUTHORITY INKS LOI
10/06/2017
Wednesday was a day the Port St. Joe Port Authority has been awaiting for years
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A BLANK CANVAS
10/04/2017
A port, a railroad and plenty of infrastructure give Gulf County a boost in its drive to grow the economy
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PORT OFFICIALS HAVE 'POSITIVE' MEETING WITH CORPS
03/20/2017
Officials with the Port St. Joe Port Authority came away from a recent meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers optimistic about attempts to address dredging costs.
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COUNTY RESTORE PLAN APPROVED
03/20/2017
Gulf County's multi-year plan for spending RESTORE Act dollars has been approved by the U.S. Treasury.
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THE PROMISE OF A PORT
03/20/2017
"From here, the Intracoastal is about 20,000 miles and you can go all the way to El Paso or all the way to Chicago. It is all about commerce." ~Capt. Jim Anderson
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EASTERN LANDS $10.5 BILLION CONTRACT
09/20/2016
Shipbuilding Group to add hundreds of jobs after securing largest contract in U.S. Coast Guard history
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PORT AUTHORITY, ST. JOE NEARING LOIS
07/27/2016
A tipping point for the development of the Port of Port St. Joe appears nigh.
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COUNTY MUST DECIDE SOON ON SPENDING $12 MILLION IN RESTORE FUNDS
07/27/2016
A second pot of RESTORE Act funds has suddenly become a planning priority for Gulf County officials.
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CHRIS HOLLEY: PORT ST. JOE IS RIGGED & READY FOR BUSINESS
07/14/2016
Chris Holley, executive director of the Gulf County Economic Development Center, describes the assets and factors that make Gulf County a unique and attractive environment for economic development.
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DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL- 5 YEARS LATER INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS HOLLEY
07/12/2016
Chris Holley, member of the Gulf Consortium - Committee of Eight Disproportionately Affected Counties, explains how "Triumph legislation" and the RESTORE Act continue to aid Florida's Gulf counties following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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