Documents Obtained From Records Requests To Government in Port St. Joe, Florida

By Tyson Slocum

Public Citizen teamed up with the North Port St. Joe Project Area Coalition & the Florida Center for Government Accountability to conduct requests of the Port Authority of Port St. Joe, FL, and the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners for records related to the development of land owned by the St. Joe Company. This involves our ongoing activities to expose accountability problems regarding the failure of local government authorities to notify the public about dealings with Nopetro’s effort to build a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal in the neighborhood.

  1. An October 2022 email between Jim McKnight, executive director of the Gulf County Economic Development Coalition, and Michael Hammond (administrator for the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners) confirming that Nopetro’s proposed LNG export terminal will create only 12 jobs: Re_ Media question Draft
  2. October 2022 discussion between St. Joe Company, the Port Authority and a pipeline developer to build a CO2 waste pipeline and associated CO2 storage and utilization facilities in Port St. Joe, including a marine docking terminal for ships to offload waste CO2: FW_ Green Tech Energy3  and a picture of the proposed industrial facility:

3. Emails involving Michael Hammond, administrator of the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners, that include a letter the Board sent to the St. Joe Company endorsing the Nopetro LNG facility, as well as an endorsement letter from the Gulf County Economic Development Coalition: Michael Hammond PSR

4. A batch of communications of the Port Authority, including a May 2022 discussion with Mike Hollingshead, the owner of SRM Concrete / Smyrna Readymix about a proposal to build a concrete factory in Port St. Joe: Magidson_Production_12.06.2022