Jasper County officials are threatening to take over the Jasper Ocean Terminal project. They complain that the effort, overseen jointly by Georgia and South Carolina, is mired in never-ending studies. South Carolina officials say progress is being made.
Georgia and South Carolina will spend $748,000 in the coming year to move forward with a proposed joint shipping terminal on the Savannah River, but local officials hungry for the jobs a new port would create complain the neighboring states are dragging their feet.
Port officials from Georgia and South Carolina have canceled their January meeting on the states' troubled plans to build a jointly owned port terminal on the Savannah River. They said an updated study on the economic viability of building the shipping terminal isn't ready.
The two-state board working on a $5 billion containership terminal on the Savannah River is going ahead with an updated market and other studies amid concern the terminal won't be needed as early as projected.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has vetoed an attempt to strip power from the office building an ocean terminal jointly with Georgia. The Joint Project Office or J-P-O is planning a new port on the South Carolina side of the shared Savannah River. Haley says, she vetoed a measure that would strip power from the agency pushing the terminal.
South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson says he's one of the only lawmakers in South Carolina who is politically incorrect enough to favor a new port terminal in Jasper County. The Beaufort Gazette reports that the 2nd District congressman spoke to a group of Republicans in Beaufort on Monday.
South Carolina ports officials are walking away from a proposed port project with Georgia for the second time this year. The fight over the planned jointly-run Jasper Ocean Terminal on the Savannah River comes as federal funding for Savannah harbor deepening looks more likely. A Georgia official calls new South Carolina demands "a game."
A member of the South Carolina state ports authority board is urging people not to read too much into a new pair of political appointments. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently appointed two new members. Neither of them are from the Beaufort area, near Savannah.
Georgia and South Carolina are slowing down their effort to develop a jointly-run seaport near Savannah. The two states' ports officials met to air grievances with one another over a proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal. Both sides said that the meeting of the so-called Joint Project Office was productive.