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Local Nonprofit Sues JAXPORT For Release Of Dredging Study Documents

ship at JAXPORT

The debate continues over whether hundreds of millions taxpayer dollars should be spent to dredge the St. Johns River.

JAXPORT officials and most of the local business community say it’s vital to deepen the river down to a depth of 47 feet to attract bigger cargo ships and more business to town.

A local nonprofit has sued to stop the project, saying more information is needed about how many jobs will really be created, and the potential environmental impact of blasting the river bedrock with dynamite.

Andrew Miller, executive director and legal counsel of the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida, the organization that’s filed the lawsuit, joined Melissa Ross for more on what the group is hoping to accomplish with the suit.

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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.