Study Shows How Florida Ports Could Add 143,000 Jobs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A Florida Chamber of Commerce study
recommends enhancing the state's seaports and airports to create
143,000 jobs.

The study released Wednesday dovetails with Governor-elect Rick
Scott's promise to create 700,000 new jobs in seven years although
not done for that purpose. Scott said he would do all he could to
achieve the study's goals.

One recommendation is dredging at least one port to a 50-foot
channel depth to handle the largest container ships using the
Panama Canal when it expands in 2014.

Tampa now is deepest in Florida at 43 feet. The only port on the
East Coast already at 50 feet is Norfolk, Va.

The study recommends expanding Miami International Airport's
role as a global hub and creating second tier cargo hubs elsewhere.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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