Port Authorities

 68.025.  Powers of port authority. — 1.  Every local and regional port authority, approved as a political subdivision of the state, shall have the following powers to:

  1. Confer with any similar body created under laws of this or any other state for the purpose of adopting a comprehensive plan for the future development and improvement of its port districts;
  2. Consider and adopt detailed and comprehensive plans for future development and improvement of its port districts and to coordinate such plans with regional and state programs;
  3. Establish a port improvement district in accordance with this chapter;
  4. Carry out any of the projects enumerated in subdivision (17)* of section 68.205;
  5. Within the boundaries of any established port improvement district, to levy either a sales and use tax or a real property tax, or both, for the purposes of paying any part of the cost of a project benefitting property in a port improvement district; except that no port improvement district real property tax may be levied on any property, real or personal, which is assessed pursuant to sections 151.010 to 151.340, unless such real property tax levy is agreed to in writing by the property's owner;
  6. Pledge both revenues generated by any port improvement district and any other port authority revenue source to the repayment of any outstanding obligations;
  7. Either jointly with a similar body, or separately, recommend to the proper departments of the government of the United States, or any state or subdivision thereof, or to any other body, the carrying out of any public improvement for the benefit of its port districts;
  8. Provide for membership in any official, industrial, commercial, or trade association, or any other organization concerned with such purposes, for receptions of officials or others as may contribute to the advancement of its port districts and any industrial development therein, and for such other public relations activities as will promote the same, and such activities shall be considered a public purpose;
  9. Represent its port districts before all federal, state and local agencies;
  10. Cooperate with other public agencies and with industry, business, and labor in port district improvement matters;
  11. Enter into any agreement with any other states, agencies, authorities, commissions, municipalities, persons, corporations, or the United States, to effect any of the provisions contained in this chapter;
  12. Approve the construction of all wharves, piers, bulkheads, jetties, or other structures;
  13. Prevent or remove, or cause to be removed, obstructions in harbor areas, including the removal of wrecks, wharves, piers, bulkheads, derelicts, jetties or other structures endangering the health and general welfare of the port districts; in case of the sinking of a facility from any cause, such facility or vessel shall be removed from the harbor at the expense of its owner or agent so that it shall not obstruct the harbor;
  14. Recommend the relocation, change, or removal of dock lines and shore or harbor lines;
  15. Acquire, own, construct, redevelop, lease, maintain, and conduct land reclamation and resource recovery, including the removal of sand, rock, or gravel, residential developments, commercial developments, mixed-use developments, recreational facilities, industrial parks, industrial facilities, and terminals, terminal facilities, warehouses and any other type port facility;
  16. Acquire, own, lease, sell or otherwise dispose of interest in and to real property and improvements situate thereon and in personal property necessary to fulfill the purposes of the port authority;
  17. Acquire rights-of-way and property of any kind or nature within its port districts necessary for its purposes. Every port authority shall have the right and power to acquire the same by purchase, negotiation, or by condemnation, and should it elect to exercise the right of eminent domain, condemnation proceedings shall be maintained by and in the name of the port authority, and it may proceed in the manner provided by the laws of this state for any county or municipality.The power of eminent domain shall not apply to property actively being used in relation to or in conjunction with river trade or commerce, unless such use is by a port authority pursuant to a lease in which event the power of eminent domain shall apply;
  18. Contract and be contracted with, and to sue and be sued;
  19. Accept gifts, grants, loans or contributions from the United States of America, the state of Missouri, political subdivisions, municipalities, foundations, other public or private agencies, individual, partnership or corporations;
  20. Employ such managerial, engineering, legal, technical, clerical, accounting, advertising, stenographic, and other assistance as it may deem advisable.The port authority may also contract with independent contractors for any of the foregoing assistance;
  21. Improve navigable and nonnavigable areas as regulated by federal statute;
  22. Disburse funds for its lawful activities and fix salaries and wages of its employees; and
  23. Adopt, alter or repeal its own bylaws, rules and regulations governing the manner in which its business may be transacted; however, said bylaws, rules and regulations shall not exceed the powers granted to the port authority by this chapter.

  2.  In implementing its powers, the port authority shall have the power to enter into agreements with private operators or public entities for the joint development, redevelopment, and reclamation of property within a port district or for other uses to fulfill the purposes of the port authority.

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(L. 1974 H.B. 1646 § 4, A.L. 1975 S.B. 135 § 4, A.L. 1979 H.B. 102, A.L. 1988 S.B. 673, A.L. 2005 S.B. 156, A.L. 2010 S.B. 578)

*Subdivisions in section 68.205 as amended by S.B. 257, 2013, were renumbered.

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BB 104 An ordinance enlarging the boundaries of the Port Authority of the City of St. Louis Port District, subject to the approval of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and authorizing certain actions in connection therewith. stlouis-mo.gov

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