Tampa Port Authority approves land swap with CSX listen09/15/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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This morning the Tampa Port Authority approved a land exchange with CSX Transportation during their monthly business meeting.
The area, known as Eastport, is leased to Cemex Construction Material. Cemex will build a roadway in the exchanged land. Rick Hood is assistant vice president for CSX Real Property.
The agreement was complex and took a long time, according to Port of Tampa CEO and director Richard Wainio.
Wainio says the agreement shows â€œonce againâ€ how well the port works with CSX.
CSXâ€™s Hood agrees that the partnership between the rail company and the Port of Tampa is essential.
In other business Tuesday, the Port Authority agreed to pay $60,000 per year for occasional access to a Florida Aquarium tour boat. Previously, the lease was $90,000 per year for a smaller craft.
Next Thursday is the Tampa Port Authorityâ€™s final millage rate and budget hearing for fiscal year 2010.
On October 4th, the port will hold an event recognizing the inaugural call for a regular container ship route between Tampa and Puerto Rico run by Horizon Lines.
The next Port Authority monthly business meeting will be October 20th.