Rick Scott Pledges $77M to Dredge Port of Miami

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Florida's high-speed rail plan is officially dead -- done in at the hands of Rick Scott. But the governor giveth as he taketh away. Scott says the state will pick up the tab on funding a project to dredge the Port of Miami, allowing it to handle larger ships. Scott says the project will create 30,000 jobs, while the initial Central Florida leg of the high-speed rail project would have created 24,000.

"Today I directed the Florida Department of Transportation to amend their work plan to include $77 million so that Florida can take another leap forward in international trade," Scott said in a statement. "This is the type of infrastructure project that will pay permanent, long-term dividends and provide a solid return on investment for Florida's taxpayers."

When the port is dredged to a depth of 50 feet, it will be able to handle even the largest ships that cross through the Panama Canal.

Scott has been talking up spending to improve Florida's ports as a job-creating and infrastructure-improving alternative to the Obama-backed high-speed rail plan. Now he has put taxpayers' money where his mouth is. But the project will cost only $77 million, while the federal government would have picked up the $2.4 billion tab for the rail project.

The money will come out of the Florida Department of Transportation's existing work program.

Scott claims this project creates more jobs than the rail plan, but this wasn't an either-or situation. Plus the announcement, just hours after putting the final kill on the rail plan, does seem awfully political.

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Do the math!!!
Do the math!!!

The govs numbers don't add up $77,000,000 / 30,000 = $2566.6 per employee wow where do i sign up? Typical over inflation on the number of jobs that will be created.

Bjturon
Bjturon

Of course all those containers will have to shipped out over land once the ships get to the dock, so how is that going to work? It seems that expansion of transport infrastructure on land is going to be needed of some sort. What’s Scott’s Plan?A new high-speed line could be used to move containers as well as passengers, especially if it connected with the Florida East Coast Railway. That’s what’s going to make new rail line possible, the need to move both passengers and express freight past congested highways.Freight is moved on high-speed lines in Germany and England; why not think out of the box? A deep water port is no use if you can’t get out of the state.

fred
fred

What is the correct spelling of "Schizster"? I don't like to misspell when I make a quote.

ivxx
ivxx

why wouldn't he have accepted both...? For a total of 54,000 jobs... and it wouldn't require people to uproot themselves and move to another part of the state for work... and it would've still cost us the $77m he pledged to the port.

54,000 > 30,000 ... that's just math...

Strangelove
Strangelove

That's no more political than Porkulus bribe money to buy votes for Chairman Obama's reelection, is it? I mean, if they were interested at all in actually helping Florida, they would have allowed it to be used on ports and highways, right?

_blk
_blk

that photo is hilarious

Justin
Justin

The total cost is not $77M. There is funding coming from other sources. Do your research.

Frank
Frank

Sounds like slavery!

spotswood
spotswood

Freight is not moved on HSR in Europe. Also every HSR in the world to include Europe, Japan and China operates in the red and has to be bailed out by taxpayers. What makes you think that if it can't work there it will work here in sunny FLA without the taxpayer (you and me) paying out of pocket every year for the very few who would use it? that's why the Governor canceled the deal... he (and didn't we all know deep down inside) knew it was an expensive white elephant.

Justin
Justin

Because the rail project is a bad idea from the start. It's not just about jobs, it's about the potential revenue vs. potential debt.

Chancelor_christopher
Chancelor_christopher

allowing it to be used on ports and highways?....Hes proposing to dredge the PORT of Miami. Yes, there is something funny with all political moves .... but this one isnt so bad. perhaps after this project it will create money for that high speed rail system.

B.A.C.
B.A.C.

Another idiot. Who the hell says public transport will return revenue? You? It's subsidized by the government to give people options. Talking about Europe, I live in Madrid and pay 55euros for a monthly unlimited pass on the metro and bus. Do I think the city is turning a profit? Of course not. But I get to work at a very affordable rate and save over 700 euros because I don't have a car. What do I do with that extra 700euros of disposable income? That's right, put it into the economy. The fact you uttered the word "revenue" when it comes to public transportation shows you have no idea what it's for. Here's a thought, the USPS doesn't return revenue either. We should shut it down!

B.A.C.
B.A.C.

Seriously people, PUBLIC TRANSPORT NEVER RETURNS REVENUE! For f*cks sake beat that into your head. Do you really think the metro, people mover, bus' return revenue? No the ROI here is getting people around the city to do business. Much the same as the high speed rail line. Moving people to do business. Christ

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