Port St. Joe, Florida
|Port St. Joe|
|City of Port St. Joe|
|Nickname(s): St. Joe|
Location in Gulf County and the state of Florida
|Named for||St. Joseph Bay|
|• Type||City commission|
|• Mayor/Commissioner||Melvin C. Magidson Jr.|
|• Commissioner||Phil McCroan|
|• Commissioner||William Thursbay|
|• Commissioner||Bo Patterson|
|• Commissioner||Rex Buzzett|
|• Total||3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)|
|• Land||3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Highest elevation||8 ft (2 m)|
|• Estimate (2007)||3,579|
|• Density||1,104.2/sq mi (423.7/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||32456, 32457|
|GNIS feature ID||2404557|
Port St. Joe is a city located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 71 in Gulf County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population according to the U.S. Census Bureau is 3,445. This was a decline from 3,644 as of the 2000 census. Port St. Joe became the county seat of Gulf County in 1965.[not in citation given]
St. Joseph was founded in 1835 by businessmen from nearby Apalachicola, which was troubled by legal conflict over land titles. It was mostly abandoned in 1841 after a yellow fever epidemic; hurricanes in 1843 and 1851 destroyed what structures remained. In the early 20th century a new settlement was founded close to the original after the arrival of the Apalachicola Northern Railroad in 1909. It appears that the more informal "Port St. Joe" was adopted for official use around this time.
Port St. Joe is located at  within the Florida Panhandle and along the Emerald Coast. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land. Port St. Joe averages only 3 feet above sea level. At its highest point it is only 8 feet above sea level. This portion of the town has been dubbed "Highland View".(29.807968, -85.297684),
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,644 people, 1,402 households, and 1,030 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,097.4 people per square mile (423.8/km²). There were 1,571 housing units at an average density of 473.1 per square mile (182.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.52% White, 30.10% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.
There were 1,402 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,800, and the median income for a family was $39,489. Males had a median income of $30,244 versus $21,111 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,205. About 11.2% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.
Schools and libraries
Port St. Joe has one elementary school with Dolphins as mascot. It has a joint middle-high school with Tiger Sharks as mascots. The school colors are purple and gold. There is also a small private school, Faith Christian School, which has the lions as its mascot. All of the public schools are located on one development strip set aside under the Department of Education. This begins with the elementary school and its playground and continues with the football stadium, a quarter mile running track, and finally the high school and adult school stretching a distance of about 5 city blocks. Port St. Joe also has a community college that offers two year associates degrees.
Port St. Joe has a library co-located with the senior citizens center, Sheriff's office, courthouse, and animal shelter off State Road 71.
Port St. Joe almost became the capital of Florida in the 19th century. The state constitution was ratified in 1838. There is a museum and monument commemorating this event.
- WEBZ 99.3 FM (Urban)
- W216BT 91.1 FM (repeater of WFSW-FM, Panama City)
- WDBW-LP, 97.3 FM (Long Avenue Baptist Church, repeater of Bible Broadcasting Network)
- WOCY 106.5 FM Top 40
- WOYS 100.5 FM Classic Hits
Port St. Joe is serviced by a variety of transportation modes.
Port St. Joe is traversed by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), a federally maintained canal with a channel of 12 feet (3.6 m) deep by 125 feet (38 m) wide, which provides access from St. Marks, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas. From the GIWW, barges can be moved inland on various river systems including the Mississippi River, Tombigbee River Waterway System, and the Apalachicola River. The Apalachicola River is Gulf County's eastern boundary.
The Port of Port St. Joe shipping channel is Congressionally authorized to a depth of 35 feet (110.7 m) and connects to the shipping lanes of the Gulf of Mexico and to the world. Existing facilities include a manufacturer of chemical line from dolomite, a chemical plant, a 9 million ton/year, dry bulk, barge to rail transloading terminal, and a builder of dive-cruise ships.
The AN Railway serves the industries and port of Port St. Joe and has a history of transporting a variety of products including wood chips and other forest products, chemicals, and coal. In light of the latter, most of its 96-mile mainline consists of heavy duty, 140 lb. rail on concrete ties. The AN connects with the Class I CSX Transportation at Chattahoochee, Florida.
Gulf County's highway transportation needs are met with three main corridors: U.S. Route 98 along the coast and through Port St. Joe providing a route west to Panama City, Florida and east to Apalachicola, Florida, State Road 22 westward from Wewahitchka, Florida to Panama City, Florida, and State Road 71 from Port St. Joe northward toward Alabama and Georgia. Further, State Road 71 provides a low traffic connection to Interstate 10, with only two traffic signals between Port St. Joe and Interstate 10.
- Centennial Building
- Constitution Convention Museum State Park
- Port Theatre
- St. Joseph, Florida
- St. Joseph Catholic Mission Church
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- Transportation. Gulf County Economic Development Council, Inc. Retrieved on 2009-03-24
- Gulf County Tourist Development Council
- Gulf County Chamber of Commerce
- The Star newspaper that serves Port St. Joe, Florida is available in full-text with images in Florida Digital Newspaper Library