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Verger shaped Port of Tampa

As port director, Guy Verger was in charge of deepening the harbor and modernizing the docks.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 29, 2002

How did the main road around the Port of Tampa peninsula get its name?

From just some Guy.

Actually, this Guy was responsible for arguably the port's most significant era of modernization, as well as much of its current configuration.

During his time as port director, from 1969 to 1978, Guy Verger managed to retain the port's phosphate facilities despite pressure from the railroads to move them. He did so by relocating phosphate loading terminals to the new Rockport facility on McKay Bay.

He was also involved in deepening the harbor, relocating the shrimp docks and creating the first general cargo docks at Hookers Point.

Verger was an Air Force veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War. He also worked at the Pentagon and served at MacDill Air Force Base. He retired as a colonel in 1964, then joined the staff at the Port of Tampa.

Verger died in Arlington, Texas, in 2001 at age 80.

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