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Published: Dec 06, 2013 10:44 AM EST
Updated: Dec 06, 2013 12:33 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott is touring the dredging operation at Miami's port that is geared to handle larger ships soon to be passing through a widened Panama Canal.
    
Scott planned a news conference Friday after touring the dredge named Terrapin Island. The dredge is deepening the port's main channel to 50 feet in the next 18 months, about the time the larger Panama Canal is set to open.
    
Miami-Dade County officials say the dredge operation will translate into greater trade and thousands of new jobs.
    
The state is contributing $112 million and Miami-Dade County $108 million for the deepening project.
    
The plan also calls for several environmental mitigation projects, including restoration of 16 acres of sea grass in Biscayne Bay and creation of nine acres of artificial reef.

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