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Gov. Sonny Perdue and South Carolina’s governor on Monday announced that the two states will jointly build a port in the coastal community of Jasper County, S.C.

Perdue and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford held a news conference in Jasper to announce the formation of a Bi-State Port Authority, which would be akin to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The deal between the Georgia and South Carolina would have to be approved by each of their legislatures and the U.S. Congress.

The much-disputed port would be built along the Savannah River just down river from land owned by the state of Georgia. The proposed 1,800-acre facility would be operated jointly by the two states and may attract huge private investment.

7 comments

  1. gatormathis says:

    I have complained…aloud even….to some people over the years about why does New Yawk have a “Cotton Exchange”(yet grows no cotton) , but we don’t have an” Atlanta Cotton Exchange”. Or “Savannah Cotton Exchange.”

    This new port will solve all that.

    Now preppies everywhere can boast aloud to their friends.

    Who would dare say their shirt was made of New Yawk Cotton Exchange Cotton………..

    when you could ever so manacingly reply……..

    Wellllll……..my cottt tonnnn is of the Auuuu-Gustaaaaa Exchange, Darling………

    ya dig my gritzs??????

  2. Jmac says:

    It all depends on the amount of marshland they have to drain, which shouldn’t be too terribly much. Many ports these days are built to accommodate the existing landscape and require little modification of the environment that is of significant negative impact.

    The concern would be how up-river would this development be (for both environmental and practical reasons).

  3. drjay says:

    from what i understand the jasper site is downriver from the current savannah ports (one of the reasons the folks on our side of the river had been “concerned” about a SC port) and i think the reason the ga ports owned the land was they dumped dredge on it–but that may be an overly simplsitic description

  4. Mad Dog says:

    Drjay,

    Georgia does dump dredge in SC, but the dredge site I’m thinking about is off the coast, not up the river, or down the river.

    I’m pretty sure an ex-candidate who got booted from the ballot has some dollars in the SC location.

    MD

  5. drjay says:

    as i recall, he all but said as much during the campaign, when he was able to get over from hilton head to do so…the “port situation” was a BIG concern of his…

  6. drjay says:

    Yet another ongoing effort is to promote the creation of a joint Georgia-South Carolina ports authority.

    “Unless Georgia cooperates with the Palmetto State, he argues, the Savannah port will lose business to one the Carolinians will build closer to the ocean.

    He’s using the future of the port as an issue ”

    it was subtle but stuff like this did show up in articles in the sav’h morning news about him

    http://savannahnow.com/node/169709

    one actually even mentions all the land he owns or owned along the sav’h river…

  7. Demonbeck says:

    Perhaps I am missing gatormathis’ point, but Sherman never marched through New York. Savannah, having been spared by Sherman however, still has its Cotton Exchange.

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