January 14 - Florida Governor, Rick Scott has visited Jacksonville Port Authority's (JAXPORT) Blount Island Marine Terminal to announce plans for a historic USD8.8 billion of funding for transportation improvements.

Scott joined Jacksonville mayor, Alvin Brown, Florida's Department of Transportation secretary, Ananth Prasand and JAXPORT's ceo, Brian Taylor, alongside board members, John Allen Newman and James Citrano at the terminal to pledge the historic level of funding.

The USD8.8 billion Department of Transportation budget will include nearly USD139 million for improvements to Florida's seaports.

The investment which will support state transportation needs "will add up to a thriving port and continued success for our tenants and customers," said Taylor.

JAXPORT's vision is to be a major economic engine for northeast Florida by continuing to be a premier diversified port in the southeastern US with connections to major trade lanes throughout the world.