March 27 - Port Freeport has been granted a permit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to widen the offshore entrance and jetty channels to the Freeport harbor.

Traffic through the port has increased substantially in recent years, particularly in the import of windmill components, pipe and project cargoes.

The widening of the six mile offshore entrance and jetty channels up to six hundred feet from the current four hundred foot width will give better access to the port.

"The non-federal widening effort is the initial component of a more extensive federal expansion of the navigable waterway that has been under development for more than five years" said Port Freeport Executive Port Director/CEO A. J. "Pete" Reixach, Jr.