Port of Port St Joe and Associated Industrial Development Opportunities

Point South Marina:

Eastern Shipbuilding:
Eastern Shipbuilding

Located in the City of Port St. Joe is the Port of Port St. Joe, one of Gulf County’s top assets. The Port is a state-designated deep-water port which lies adjacent to more than 5,000 acres of undeveloped land. 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.

Several 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 Intracoastal waterway which already services for water, wastewater, gas and electricity and excess 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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Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital

The Ascension 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.

Ascension 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 the hospital for regional air ambulance service that provides 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 Ascension Sacred Heart Rehabilitation.

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

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is part of Ascension 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

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Gulf Coast State College (Gulf Franklin Campus)

The Gulf/Franklin Campus of the Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) provides opportunities for education, career advancement and skills training for targeted industries.

GCSC Gulf/Franklin Campus

GCSC provides workforce education programs, including practical nursing, certified nursing assistant and a weekend L.P.N. to R.N. bridge program all that benefit from a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that enhances clinical training. Other training includes preparation for other health related occupations and general academic degrees along with a newly instituted drone pilot training program. 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 physical assets in the city of Port St. Joe 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.

Florida Constitution Center
Florida Constitution Center

Cape San Blas Lighthouse at George Core and Shipyard Cove
Cape San Blas Lighthouse

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Gulf County Recreational Assets: Fresh & Saltwater Fishing, Trails, and Parks

Port St. Joe's waterfront is a base to saltwater fishing and once a year the Bay is home to one of the States best Scalloping areas. Wewahitchka, in northern Gulf County is surrounded by the fresh waters of the Chipola River, the Apalachicola River the Dead Lakes, all hot spots for freshwater fishing and home to tupelo trees that support the Tupelo Honey businesses.

Public Parks in Gulf County are plentiful with 19 public parks spread throughout the cities and waterfront Communities. Recreational support facilities are also provided to boaters, fisherman and others at many of the public parks along with boat launch ramps at many locations. For details search

Boat Ramps
Boat Launch

Dead Lakes Fishing
Dead Lakes Fishing


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

The 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.

Reid Avenue
Reid Avenue

Port Theatre
Port Theatre

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Marina District: Mardi Gras
Marina District: Mardi Gras

Songwriters Festival:
Songwriters Festival

Gulf County Economic Development Coalition

1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd.
Room 312
Port St. Joe FL 32456
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Jim McKnight
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