Tag: Savannah River

Breaking news: Charleston gets $4.2 million from federal government for harbor deepening study

The Charleston Post and Courier is reporting: The federal spending plan approved by the U.S. House today includes some money for the Port of Charleston, under a provision proposed earlier in the Senate by S.C. Republican Lindsey Graham. The $4.2…

AJC on the latest interstate port rivalry between Savannah and Charleston

The AJC has interesting piece today updating some of the political tensions and concrete moves in the ongoing saga of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) and late-to-the-game attempts to get a similar dredging of the Charleston harbor fast-tracked. Read…

The Savannah River deepening, as seen from Charleston

An interesting piece in Sunday’s Charleston Post and Courier: What’s at stake with Savannah dredging? The piece is laid out as a Q&A, with generally clear responses to basic historical questions as well as more immediate ones. The piece includes…

Major error in the AJC’s coverage of Savannah River dredging

From the AJC’s Signs look hopeful 
for deepening river: For Atlanta, the consequences are huge. Businesses across the metro region shipped $9.5 billion in cargo through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick the past fiscal year, according to the Georgia…

Harbor deepening back into the headlines with S.C.’s denial of key permit

A piece by Mary Landers in today’s Savannah Morning News: S.C. denies deepening permit The second paragraph: “In a notice filed in the late afternoon and posted on its website, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control denied the…

SMN takes a look at Savannah’s water ferries’ $266,000 deficit

Well this is a highly recommended piece for those who care about the functioning of the trade center, the prospects of a new hotel on Hutchinson Island, future development of the island, the pressures on local spending as federal subsidies…

NYT takes a close look at the Panama Canal expansion

We still don’t know what the final outcome will be in the drive to deepen the channel of the Savannah River in advance of the scheduled 2014 expansion of the Panama Canal, but work is moving ahead in Panama. There’s…

In race to dredging, Charleston leaves the starting gate

The Charleston Post and Courier is reporting this morning that efforts are finally underway to look at dredging the Port of Charleston to accommodate the post-Panamax ships so that they won’t be reliant on the tides: “Port, Army Corps to…

Georgia governor, Atlanta mayor headed to DC to lobby for port dredging, passenger rail funding

Well some very interesting news this morning from Jim Galloway at the AJC’s Political Insider. According to Galloway, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are headed next week to Washington “for a strategy session on Port of…

A footbridge over the Savannah River, not as crazy as it sounds

In my City Talk column today, I talk a bit about the proposal to use public bonds (about $50 million worth, probably) to back the building of a new hotel on Hutchinson Island that would serve as a convention headquarters.…

Update on Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

A few weeks ago, when the news was coming fast and furious, I made a number of posts about the proposed dredging of the Savannah River. But now the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project seems destined for many months of continued…

More thoughts on dredging and jobs

Those interested in the issue of dredging the Savannah River to accommodate larger vessels after the expansion of the Panamal Canal is completed in a few years should go straight to a piece by Mary Landers in today’s Savannah Morning…

Port cargo growth would stay the same with or without deepening, according to the Corps of Engineers

My column in the Savannah Morning News today, “Harbor deepening and its benefits”, is one of the most important I’ve written in some time. I am not going to quote or even recap all of it here, so I’d encourage…

Georgia Conservancy President muddies the water on harbor deepening

A couple of days ago, Georgia Conservancy president Pierre Howard published an op-ed in the Savannah Morning News: “Deepen port, protect resources”. At first, the piece might have seemed a blessing to proponents of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and…