A controversial biomass plant will be built in Port St. Joe.
The plant, that will burn organic waste converting it into energy, cleared its last hurdle Tuesday night. The Biomass Plant had already received all of the government and environmental permits necessary to begin construction. The only thing left was approval by the Port St. Joe City Commission, but opponents of the biomass plant were not going down without a fight. Several dozen of them staged a protest outside of city hall, prior to Tuesday night’s public hearing and commission vote.
In the end, commissioners unanimously approved the plan allowing the biomass plant to be built. The $200 million dollar project is supposed to create 200 construction and 25 permanent jobs.
Much of the controversy may turn out to be pointless because the plant’s builder does not have the financing, and city officials say they were counting on government grants, which they say are now gone.