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State port’s Katrina relief jobs costly, slow to materialize

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GULFPORT — The federal government is giving the state of Mississippi more time to create jobs promised in exchange for more than $566 million in Hurricane Katrina-relief funds. The state Port at Gulfport has used the federal money to restore and expand its West Pier, a project that will not be completed before late 2016 or possibly early 2017, port ...

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State port, Dole Fresh Fruit working out long-term deal

GULFPORT — The state Port at Gulfport and Dole Fresh Fruit Co. are finalizing a deal to keep the company at the port for 13 years with renewal options that extend through 2037. Under the agreement, Dole will relocate their operations to the West Pier, significantly increasing capacity at the port. The state of Mississippi is investing $30 million in ...

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Chiquita got $15M in incentives to move back to Louisiana

GULFPORT — Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans from Mississippi after nearly 40 years. Chiquita, then called United Brands, left New Orleans for Gulfport in the mid-1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. It is one of the Port of Gulfport’s top four tenants, according to that port’s website. “This is a huge, historic win ...

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State Port to let bids for major expansion project

GULFPORT — The Port Authority Board will advertise for bids on two large contracts for building tenant facilities and support services on the west pier at the state port in Gulfport. All the dirt moving and site preparation for the port’s expansion will soon give way to $100 million in construction. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. ...

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State Port director disputes union numbers on jobs

GULFPORT — The state port has responded to complaints its job numbers appear inflated. New executive director Jonathan Daniels said the port employs the equivalent of 103 full-time longshoremen, not the 388 union workers the port previously publicized. Daniels said the new number came from the local International Longshoremen Association. He said the union also provided the higher figure. Daniels ...

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