Articles in Category: 'Ports'

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: December 16, 2010 4:05 AM

On Wednesday, the Florida Chamber Foundation unveiled its study of ports, trade and logistics in the Sunshine State -- and argued that an increased focus on these industries could lead to an additional 143,000 jobs in the state.

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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: July 10, 2010 4:05 AM
The federal government is touting progress made on the president’s goal to double national exports in the next five years, and a prominent Florida business advocate says that the state could be following suit if it makes the right choices.

“I think it’s certainly possible,” said Barney Bishop, president and CEO of major business advocacy organization Associated Industries of Florida. “Whether that can happen is going to depend on the economy of the world and the ability of Florida and the nation in general to remain competitive.”
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: April 20, 2010 12:14 AM

A Senate panel voted Monday to offer as much as $100 million in tax credits for investing in Florida ports.

The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed a bill that aims to improve the state’s 14 public ports in preparation for the widening of the Panama Canal and an expansion of trade.

“This is a great step toward our future,” said Jacksonville Republican Rep. Lake Ray, sponsor of the House version of the bill.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 7, 2010 12:23 AM

Having passed the first version of its budget last week, the Florida House met on Tuesday to tackle economic issues, including creating a sales tax holiday just in time for back-to-school shopping and forming an organization to invest in Florida’s ports.

The House created a three-day sales tax holiday running from Aug. 13 until Aug. 15. During that period, books, clothes, shoes and book bags under $50 and school supplies under $10 would be exempt from sales tax.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 25, 2010 5:21 PM

With ports in other states gearing up for the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2014, Florida ports are trying to keep pace with a little help from the Legislature.

The Florida Ports Investment Act, a bill sponsored by Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, offers $100 million in tax incentives to make Florida ports competitive in an increasingly competitive national and international marketplace. It passed the House Finance and Tax Council Thursday without any opposition.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 18, 2010 (All day)
Bills supported by Gov. Charlie Crist and aimed at making Florida's 14 ports more competitive in the expanding global market took broadside hits Wednesday, with members of the House Economic Development Committee cutting away a whopping $420 million from what had been a $500 million ports package.

About the same time the committee was taking an axe to the proposed funding in the legislation, Crist and the bill's sponsors were holding a press conference to draw attention to how many new jobs the legislation would create.

It didn't help.
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