County fed up with delays on joint Ga., SC port

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Associated Press

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 3:02 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Five years after Georgia and South Carolina became partners on a new seaport for the Savannah River, officials in the community where the terminal would be built say they're fed up with delays and may try to take over the project.

The proposed $3.3 billion shipping terminal would give Georgia and South Carolina capacity to handle up to 7 million additional cargo containers each year. Permitting and construction are expected to take at least 13 years.

Council members in Jasper County, S.C., say the partner states are wasting too much time with feasibility studies. They're demanding control of port development unless the states agree in September to seek construction permits. A 2009 South Carolina law says the project should be turned over to Jasper County if there are needless delays.

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