The Real Deal Miami

Inland port gets approval

August 26, 2009 04:29PM

Palm Beach County commissioners gave the go-ahead to a plan for a 318-acre inland port along Lake Okeechobee, creating a shipping hub that will shore up the economy in an area that will be heavily affected by Everglades rehabilitation efforts. The vote allows the warehouse and distribution facility to be built along U.S. 27 on land owned by sugar giant Florida Crystals. County planners said it would be more than a year before construction permits could be issued for the project. In addition to today’s approval, Florida Crystals must also apply to change the site’s zoning designation, planners said.