The offices of the Beaches Sewer System are at 509 E. 4th Street in Port St. Joe.
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City closes on purchase of ESAD sewer system

At the City of Port St. Joe’s regular meeting on Sept. 19, county and city officials took a few minutes to celebrate the culmination of a deal that was a decade in the making.

Sandy Quinn, chairman of the board of county commissioners, and County Attorney Jeremy Novak presented the city with a check, finalizing the city’s purchase of the ESAD Enterprises sewer system, for which the county provided financial support.

“You’re on the doorstep, closing tomorrow, of the purchase of the Beaches (ESAD) Sewer System,” said Novak to the city commissioners. “We want to thank city staff and officials for collaborating and working with us on this for the past year.”

The finalization of the city’s purchase was a contingency established last November, when, after months of discussion, both Port St. Joe and Gulf County signed onto agreements that provided for the city’s purchase of the ESAD sewer system from its private owners with assistance in excess of $700,000 from the county.

The project has ultimately been the majority of a decade in the making and was the subject of several heated exchanges between the city and county.

The county’s agreement with Port St. Joe established a Sept. 30, 2023 deadline for the city’s finalized purchase and also provided for the conveying of the county’s easement for a lift station to be constructed in Beacon Hill to the city. The deadline allowed for the city to make necessary changes to the system, which would ultimately allow them to tie it into their existing sewer systems.

ESAD covers customers in the St. Joe Beach area.

This purchase is estimated to bring hundreds of customers to the city, a significant increase in revenue that they hope will allow them to abstain from raising sewer rates for the foreseeable future.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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