Why Gulf County Is The Place To Call Home

Port of Port St Joe and Associated Industrial Development Opportunities

One of the City’s top assets is its state-designated deep-water port which lies adjacent to more than 5,000 acres of undeveloped land. With the expansion of the Panama Canal and inception of Panamax shipping, the Port is expecting some smaller scale freight handling operations as larger Florida seaports shift to smaller ports, especially those with shorter ship-to-market routes. The Port’s vast area and adjacent waterways offers unique accommodations for maritime-related and spin-off businesses that are not typically available at land-constrained ports.

The Port of Port St. JoeSeveral industrial properties are available for purchase or lease within the 300-acre Port of Port St. Joe planning area, most of which have direct access to either St. Joseph Bay or the Gulf County Canal and are already provided with water, wastewater, gas and electricity service and capacities. All sites have easy highway access and several are served by the Apalachicola Northern railway, which is currently being rehabilitated to accommodate freight train traffic. A total of 2,800 linear feet of bulkhead is currently available along the turning basin and Gulf County Canal, and another 3,600 linear-foot expansion is possible along the Bay.

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Gulf Coast Parkway

In June 2009 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the Corridor Alternatives Evaluation Summary Report (the report is available for review in the menu to the left). Of the twelve corridors screened in this report four were recommended to be advanced for further analysis. Also, based on regional, state, and federal agency feedback a fifth alternative option was created. Based on these results, five alternative roadway alignments (see map below) were designed for more detailed examination.

These alternative roadway alignments were developed based on the corridors and analyzed and compared for their potential involvement with the social, physical, and natural environmental surroundings.

The PD&E Study will compare the alternative roadway alignments and, with involvement from the public, help to identify the preferred alternative. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared (See the Project Schedule page for further information) to document the evaluation of alternatives and the selection of a preferred alternative for the roadway.

The Gulf Coast Parkway would provide what is essentially a missing link in the regional transportation network and would:

  • Stimulate economies within the region
  • Enhance regional mobility and hurricane evacuation
  • Increase Tyndall Air Force Base security
  • Relieve traffic congestion

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Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart HospitalThe Sacred Heart Hospital is a significant community and regional asset, providing many jobs and helping to maintain the area’s high quality of life. Since Sacred Heart’s initial opening in 2010 the facility expanded to include specialty physicians, dialysis services, a women’s center, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and heart rehabilitation. The hospital also provides quality healthcare for tourists or retirees that may be staying in Port St. Joe for an extended period of time, particular in the winter months.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf provides access to high quality, compassionate healthcare to residents and visitors of Port St. Joe and surrounding communities.

The 19-bed hospital features a 24-hour emergency department, inpatient services, surgical services, a full complement of diagnostic and laboratory services, and a helipad to be used by Sacred Heart's regional air ambulance service to provide rapid transport for trauma or critically ill patients.

A Medical Office Building opened in the fall of 2010 adjacent to the hospital and provides convenient access to primary care and specialty physicians, dialysis services, women’s diagnostic and imaging services, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation.

Based on a survey of hospital patients that is conducted nationwide, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is ranked among the top hospitals in Florida for patient satisfaction. In 2014, a leading health care ratings organization recognized the hospital with its top patient satisfaction award.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is part of Sacred Heart Health System, the most preferred health system in Northwest Florida and the region’s leader in providing high quality healthcare to children and adults. Key services include a 458-bed hospital in Pensacola, a Regional Heart and Vascular Institute, Children’s and Women’s Hospital, a Level II Trauma Center, Cancer Center, a 120-bed nursing home, and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach.

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Gulf Coast State College

The Gulf/Franklin Campus of the Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) provides opportunities for education, career advancement and skills training for targeted industries. GCSC provides workforce education programs, including practical nursing and certified nursing assistant and others, and training to meet the global market in manufacturing. GCSC Staff works closely with CareerSource Gulf Coast to create curriculum and offer training that aligns with new businesses that may wish to locate in the area.

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Historic Gulf County

Probably the most obvious of physical assets in the City are its historic sites and structures. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse has been relocated to the Shipyard Cove Public Park, which has helped to accentuate the City’s longtime presence as a bustling seaport. Many stories are told of Port St. Joe being Florida’s largest city, its role in the state’s first constitution, its booming times, and the hardships it’s endured.

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Port St. Joe Recreational Assets: Waterfront, Trails and Parks

Port St. Joe’s emphasis on its history, accessible waterfront and recreational opportunities is evident through its network of multi-use trails walkways, parks, marina and docks, and protected historic assets. Informational signage along Bay Walk identifies native trees and City history and annual events are highlighted at kiosks at various points along the Port City Trail. Support facilities are also provided to boaters, fisherman and others at the public boat launch at Frank Pate Park. Playgrounds and gazebos are provided for recreation and relaxation along the waterfront as well.

Bay Walk extends 0.7 miles between the gazebo at the southern tip of Jetty Park near the Port St. Joe Marina, through George Core and Shipyard Cove Parks, to its connection with the Port City Trail east of Frank Pate Park. The four-mile Port City Trail consists of seven interestingly-named segments or loops, essentially providing an alternative for inland travel, recreation and touring between Bay Walk, the Constitutional Museum State Park, the Historic Cemetery, numerous residential areas, Port St. Joe Elementary and High Schools, and the Gulf Coast State College at Highway 98.

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Reid Avenue: A Historic District with a Bright Future

Reid AvenueThe City of Port St. Joe continues to embrace and protect the legendary beauty first recognized when it became incorporated in 1836. The City has designated its downtown east and west of Highway 98 as its Historic and Waterfront Districts, respectively. The City is able to preserve its legacy by carefully planning amenities while ensuring a sense of luxury and allure of the water is not lost as it pursues a stronger economy.

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