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Scott: Miami port dredging means jobs statewide

7:10 AM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
Gov. Rick Scott speaks -- very briefly -- with reporters in Tampa on Thursday.
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MIAMI (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott says the dredging operation at Miami's port will enable it to handle larger cargo ships passing through a widened Panama Canal and produce thousands of jobs statewide.

Scott and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez were among the officials who toured by boat the dredge Terrapin Island. The dredge is deepening the port's main channel to 50 feet in the next 18 months, before the larger Panama Canal opens. Scott and Gimenez say the PortMiami improvements will eventually create 33,000 jobs across the state.

The state is contributing $112 million and Miami-Dade County $108 million for the deepening project. The plan also calls for several environmental mitigation projects, including restoration of 16 acres of sea grass in Biscayne Bay and creation of nine acres of artificial reef.

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