There’s more to the growth of a port than a 50-foot channel as mentioned in Director Bill Johnson’s Dec. 15 letter, Growing PortMiami’s trade opportunities. There are also the unintended consequences of increased cargo containers being shipped over our roads.
The selection of a port for exporting and importing goods is based on the distance from the source to the final destination. Miami is at the end of a peninsula and goods going to and from northern markets may best be shipped through more northern ports. Thus, the decision to use Miami may often be based more on trucking and rail rates than the channel.
With the new Florida East Coast rail line, commuters may get lucky as more cargo containers go by rail. There appears to be no consideration for the auto commuter. What road tax does a cargo container pay to chew up our roads?
Ralph Camerlengo, Miami