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Article by: David Bauerlein

The federal government will ship $17.5 million to Jacksonville for dredging the St. Johns River in Washington’s first commitment to deepening the harbor so jumbo-sized cargo ships can reach Jacksonville’s port terminals. With a total cost of $684 million, the big dredge still will require nailing down large commitments from federal, state and local governments in the coming years…. The state Department of Transportation has committed to pay 50 percent of the non-federal share of dredging costs. The department’s 2017–18 budget contains about $15.5 million in state money for Jacksonville dredging, so if JaxPort matches that amount, that would be enough with the federal money to pay for Phase 1.