The Manatee County Port Authority is considering a negotiated agreement with stevedoring company Logistec under which the port would take on an $84,000 annual expense to operate one of the port's two mobile heavy lift cranes.
Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson told port constituents Wednesday that his port will build more new berths, warehouses and cargo facilities on more land than almost any other port in the U.S. in the coming years.
Tired of waiting for Congress, states racing to deepen seaports before the opening of the enlarged Panama Canal next year are picking up the cost of what has traditionally been a federal duty. Ports that have planned further ahead, including Port Manatee, have not yet gone after state funds.
A plan that would have put federally mandated security measures at Port Manatee into the hands of its own security personnel suffered a setback this week when port tenants condemned it as intrusive and expensive.