If one were to come across the news of Brian Taylor stepping down as CEO of Jaxport and not be familiar with the backstory, they could be forgiven for thinking the quest for a deeper St. Johns River had just started under his tenure.

Taylor — who resigned, although the move was widely seen as being less than voluntary — was unable to secure funding for the deepening project, which is seen as vital to the area’s economic interests.

But the fight for funding has been going on for decades. For…