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#1 Sep 28, 2010
I don't live in Port St. Joe. In fact, I had thought of doing a quasi-semi retirement in Fort Walton Beach until my wife reminded me that area is highly commercialized. I literally stumbled across Port Saint Joe. I looked up the City's web page and scoured through it looking for relocation information: cost of utilities, etc. I got nothing but code books, phone numbers, etc. So, I did some digging. Found Gulf County's website. It was a bit more informative. I patted myself on the back for finding out basically what the utilities cost, except for sanitation services. Imagine my surprise when I called the City offices today and found out the utilities are way higher than posted on the county website. The first person I talked to didn't know what the franchise fee for Progress Energy (FPL)/Port Saint Joe was, and I called the utility billing office! Next, I was transferred to the city business permit office. I inquired about costs and requirements. I was told I'd just have to come in. Sure, I'll drive 600 plus miles one way to see what it costs to start a business in Port Saint Joe, yep! Then I called the Marina to inquire on dockage fees, amenities,etc. The person stated, "We don't allow liveaboards here!" None of my verbiage or questions leaned any where near me living aboard my yacht. In fact, I had already picked out a couple possible houses to look at. I'm not sure Port Saint Joe is where I want to come to. I can get attitude right where I am, and I'm sure I can get attitude up in Fort Walton Beach. I was led to believe that Port Saint Joe was different. Maybe I read it wrong.
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