Port board decides against 25-foot elevation

State port commissioners scrapped a construction project Tuesday to bring the pier to 25 feet above sea level. They are now considering an elevation of 12 to 15 feet for the West Pier.

Commissioners voted 4-0, with Commissioner John Rester absent, to cancel the 25-foot elevation because they want to save time and money on the West Pier expansion so the port can begin bringing in new business and jobs.

The port relied on consulting firm CH2M Hill for a master plan that called for the 25-foot elevation and, eventually, a 50-foot ship channel that could handle the larger classes of post-Panamax vessels already pulling into other ports.

Sun Herald
10/30/12