4/8: Fight for port funding

By the AJC Editorial Board

A full-page color photo of a container ship appears immediately after Gov. Nathan Deal’s introductory letter in the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative’s final report.

That’s no surprise, given the significance of the Port of Savannah to Georgia’s economy. And with the back and forth of international trade, ports are big players for states blessed with oceanfront real estate.

Which makes the ongoing health of Savannah’s port worth fighting for as politicians and port officials nationwide seek federal funding for improvements to accommodate larger ships.

Read the rest of the AJC Editorial Board’s commentary and a sampler of opinions on the project. Then tell us what you think.

5 comments Add your comment

nelsonh

April 8th, 2012
2:19 pm

There very definitly should be a deep water harbor at Savannah. A mega tanker could tie up in Savannah and offload millions of barrels of crude oil. with a refinery nearby it would be an absolute bonanza for Georgia.
Now, funding, that would be from casino gambling and river boat gambling.
I have been in Savannah, a lovely little city with a rich heritage, including Jim Williams of ‘Garden of Good and Evil” fame. all those wheeping willow trees and historic old homes.
Exports leaving a new deep water portat Savannah would reach historic highs, 500 Fortune business would locate in the area. Have to get the “wheelers and dealers” on board and away you go.

HG

April 7th, 2012
5:50 pm

This is the third time in one week that you have devoted the Atlanta Forward section to the Port of Savannah. Got anything else?

David M. Green

April 7th, 2012
5:22 pm

If the Savannah Harbor needs to be expanded then the state of Georgia needs to pay for it; that is, after all, the conservative republican way.

dcb

April 7th, 2012
7:44 am

I put the arguments of not enough study, investment will not pay off, tax breaks not justified to gain new industry and in this case, help fund port expansion among other things, in the same category as “let’s bring all our troops back home and disperse them along our U.S. borders (especially Mexico)”. Its a shame that public confidence in our leadership is at an all-time low – in many cases because of incessant biased media coverage. Otherwise we’d understand better the need to plan for the future and not have blinders on restricting our thinking to only living for the present.

zeke

April 6th, 2012
9:48 pm

The problem as I see it is two fold. First, the only reason Savannah passed Charleston was that the state, port, and city provided millions of dollars of taxpayer money to fund the construction of very large warehouses for the use of some importers, and, the enviro nuts in Charleston protesting the construction of the SCSPA and it’s construction of the world class GLOBAL GATEWAY on Daniel Island in the harbor! That facility would have dwarfed Savannah! Second, Charleston is a natural harbor, much closer to the ocean requiring less than 1/3 of the dredging of Savannah and not contaminating the fresh water river and estuary! Sure, both need to be maintained and even expanded. But, with the possibility of Jasper, which should be fast tracked, both states will prosper many times over without spending billions on both ports!!!!