Governor Scott's plan is a most ambitious one which has some merit in specific cased but otherwise carries great risk. Is this risk worth the cost that it will surely be passed on to taxpayers if it fails? That is the topic of our show for Wednesday morning at 10: Welcome to the Port of Florida: Really?
As a transplanted Virginian and someone who has some significant knowledge of large port operations from my family background and upbringing in the Port of Hampton Roads, the Florida plan does offer some positive factors, primarily geography, yet a number of other critical elements frankly come up short. Sure, the ports are closer to the Panama Canal than other East Coast ports, and a number of them are well developed for containerized cargo, but shallow water, cost of infrastructure modification (particularly Jacksonville) and impact on Florida's number one industry, tourism, must be critically analyzed from the aspect of unanticipated consequences. And so the question becomes one of is the risk worth the potential gain? Some think it is, many more think it is not and that will be our topic today. We'll briefly go over each of the ports in question, Tampa Bay, Miami, Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and Jacksonville and see how they stack up with other ports on the Eastern Seaboard. If you live in Florida and will be impacted by this, we hope you'll tune in.
Here's the link: tobtr.com/s/8720365
And remember, the show will remain up and available on demand once it is completed. Just another effort by yours truly to keep everyone informed.