MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The dredge that will deepen Miami’s port, Governor Scott believes, will produce thousands of jobs statewide.
The dredging operation will enable the Port of Miami to receive larger cargo ships that pass through the widened Panama Canal.READ MORE: Bill That Would Rename Coral Reef After Late State Rep. Kristin Jacobs Goes To Gov. DeSantis
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.READ MORE: Florida's New Controversial Elections Law Gets Another Legal Challenge
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.MORE NEWS: Miami Weather: Another Round Of Storms With Frequent Lightning Tuesday Afternoon
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