But of course ... tourists don't come to the county, they come to PT.
How much money are County people losing on the Port? Maybe we could have an essay contest. People who in no way economically benefit from the Port of PT could write exactly how much money they pay in County taxes every year, and what percentage of that goes to the Port, and then they could explain why it's so grievous to them personally to have that amount of money be spent on something they really don't benefit from. We could read these at another public meeting, and figure out a way to compensate them for it.
Here's a link to the meeting agenda, with all the numbers and stuff: