Guest Column: Examining Port Opportunities

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Florida Seaport Consolidation and Competition Draws Fresh Attention from Former Canaveral CEO

Tampa Bay Business Journal

The former Port Canaveral CEO says Florida should consider consolidating the state’s 15 seaports and “even the long-whispered state port authority,” among other ideas to spend public money more efficiently and effectively.

J. Stanley “Stan” Payne offered his views in a Dec. 27 op-ed piece in the Tallahassee Democrat, prompted in part by ongoing Tampa Bay Business Journal coverage of rough seas between Port Manatee and the Port of Tampa, and the Florida Department of Transportation’s efforts to promote better cooperation between the Tampa Bay ports and other Florida seaports.

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Port Wars: Past, Present and Future

Journal of Commerce

During World War I, railroads rammed so much cargo through the Port of New York that supply lines to Europe were crippled by the inevitable delays. This spurred Congress, in the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, to include language protecting the “naturally tributary cargo” of individual ports so cargo would be forced to flow to its closest port and avoid the congestion of already-huge ports like New York.

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10 Things You Should Know About Dealing with Ports and Port Authorities

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The Inland, Dry Port Trend

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Welcome a Dialogue About Consolidating Florida’s Ports

For Tallahassee.com

Several articles have been published recently about the relationship between the ports of Tampa and Manatee and a push by the Florida Department of Transportation for regional cooperation among Florida’s 15 deepwater ports — but very specifically not a more contentious topic, consolidation.

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