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Report: Port Tampa Bay lagging behind other Florida ports

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Port Tampa Bay is lagging behind other Florida seaports when it comes to the throughput of shipping containers, reports WFTS Tampa Bay. Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson exuded plenty of positivity during his 2017 State of the Port address, bragging about “over 37 million tons” of containers coming in, and calling the port “the number one port in the state of Florida.” While it is the largest port in the state, land-wise, WFTS reporter Jarrod Holbrook says Port Tampa Bay is…

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Senate unanimously passes broad transportation bill, sends to House

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On Monday, the Senate unanimously passed HB 7027, a broadly worded bill that seeks to reform several policies and programs for the Florida Department of Transportation. After senators adopted a series of amendments, LobbyTools reports the bill now returns to the House. Among the amendments were adding language to encourage the development of transportation policy for the advancement of autonomous, driverless car technology. The Senate also removed a provision giving the Legislative Budget Commission authority to review amendments to FDOT’s work plan. The language…

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Rick Scott touts growth of four major Florida ports

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Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced that recent growth in Florida’s four largest ports has catapulted them further into national prominence. Scott cited a recent report by the Journal of Commerce on the 10 fastest-growing ports in the nation for overall volume of imports and exports, which placed PortMiami and Port of Palm Beach tied for No. 2 in the nation, Port Everglades at No. 7, and Jacksonville’s JAXPORT at No. 8 nationally. The report also listed PortMiami as the No. 4 fastest-growing port for imports as…

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