TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Chamber of Commerce study recommends enhancing the state's seaports and airports to create
The study released Wednesday dovetails with Governor-elect Rick Scott's campaign promise to create 700,000 new jobs in seven years, although it began before he became a candidate.
One recommendation is dredging at least one port to a 50-foot channel depth to handle the largest container ships using the Panama Canal when it expands in 2014.
Tampa now has the deepest channel in Florida at 43 feet. The only port on the East Coast already at 50 feet is Norfolk, Va.
The study recommends expanding Miami International Airport's role as a global hub and creating second tier cargo hubs at other Florida airports.