(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa met this morning with Florida Governor Rick Scott at the Port of Miami to thank him for his steadfast support and recent decision to fund the Port of Miami Deep Dredging project with a $77 million dollar pledge from the state. Commissioner Sosa, Chair of the Economic Development and Social Services Committee, which oversees the Seaport, praised the leadership role taken on by the President of the Florida Senate Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R)-District 26; Florida House Speaker Rep. Dean Cannon (R)-District 35; Majority Leader Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R)-District 113, and the members of the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation. Commissioner Sosa stated that she especially wanted to commend Mr. Bill Johnson, Director of the Port of Miami, for his tireless efforts in making this project a success and the numerous economic development, trade and tourism organizations that lent their efforts and never gave up.
Previously looking to keep the dredge construction timeframe on-track, Commissioner Sosa sought Federal funding for the Deep Dredge Project during the February 15th County Commission meeting. The resolution presented by the Commissioner urged President Obama and Congress to appropriate the necessary amount for the dredging of the port, and in addition, asked Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to identify any state funding sources to assist in the timely completion of the project.
Commissioner Sosa reiterated that this particular infrastructure project is one of the most important in the entire state of Florida, and inherently has nation-wide significance directly affecting the entire Southeastern United States in terms of supporting international trade, commerce, and job-creation. Deepening the Miami Harbor to -50 feet will allow the Port of Miami to accommodate the newer, larger cargo ships that will pass through an expanded Panama Canal beginning in 2014.
"Preparing the Port of Miami now for the future will pay dividends not only for Miami-Dade County, but throughout the state and the nation for decades to come," said Commissioner Sosa. "Thanks to our Governor and State legislators, tens of thousands of jobs will be created and our Port will remain competitive versus other ports around the world."
For additional information on the Deep Dredge Project, visit the Port of Miami's website.
From left to right, Mrs. Ann Scott, First Lady of Florida, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 6