Financial News Daily Record: Group wants proof of port jobs claims; says public records laws violated

Financial News Daily Record

By Carole Hawkins, Staff Writer

Calling a study that promises tens of thousands of jobs a “black box,” an environmental law firm filed suit against the Port of Jacksonville and its consultant for not disclosing how deepening the shipping channel to 47 feet would create promised economic benefits.

The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Circuit Court against JaxPort and its consultant, John Martin & Associates, saying they violated Florida’s Sunshine Law by withholding the data and methodology used in an April 2013 study that predicted port deepening would create 25,500 jobs by 2035.

“We want to make sure the Martin report is reliable,” said Public Trust president Warren Anderson. READ MORE

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