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I'm suprised nobody has mentioned that Savannah is now the #2 port in volume on the East coast- jumping past arch-rival Charleston and Norfolk. What do you think this means for Savannah?

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This is definitely good news for Savannah at the expense of Charleston. The Charleston Post & Courier also has an article about this. For at least the past ten years I have watched as Savannah has used its port to attract more industry and distribution companies and grow the western suburbs. Charleston is playing catchup and is just now developing the type of warehouses and distribution centers at Cainhoy and Jedburg that Savannah is excelling at. As you have probably seen, Georgia has had no problem giving it's port a billion dollars for capital improvements while the Charleston port has had to fight opposition every step of the way starting with the Daniel Island Global Gateway. Charleston and Savannah have been traditional rivals in the shipping industry with both cities surpassing the other at various times throughout their history.

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The states of South Carolina and Georgia are coming together to develop a joint port facility in Jasper County, South Carolina. Both states have been involved in a territorial dispute over this 1,800-acre site on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River, which is owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation; however, governors Sanford (SC) and Perdue (GA) said it is important to create a new port for shippers and not delay construction because of territorial disputes, since it has been predicted that port facilities in Charleston and Savannah will approach capacity in the next three years.

I think a much-needed (for Jasper County anyway) development like this will hasten the formation of a second GA-SC metropolitan area.

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The states of South Carolina and Georgia are coming together to develop a joint port facility in Jasper County, South Carolina. Both states have been involved in a territorial dispute over this 1,800-acre site on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River, which is owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation; however, governors Sanford (SC) and Perdue (GA) said it is important to create a new port for shippers and not delay construction because of territorial disputes, since it has been predicted that port facilities in Charleston and Savannah will approach capacity in the next three years.

I think a much-needed (for Jasper County anyway) development like this will hasten the formation of a second GA-SC metropolitan area.

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While Savannah and the Beaufort-Hilton Head-Blufton-Hardeeville regions are growing, I don't see anything with the potential to bring about a bi-state metro merger like this proposed port has. I'm guessing the two counties would be Beaufort and Jasper counties. The nearby inland areas like Hampton and Allendale counties desperately need the jobs that such a port would bring.

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^ You're not kidding. Those areas are so pretty, yet depressing in many ways, to drive through.

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You can't be talking about Allendale being a pretty place to drive through. It's both ugly AND depressing. It doesn't get much better once you hit Screven County either.

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You can't be talking about Allendale being a pretty place to drive through. It's both ugly AND depressing. It doesn't get much better once you hit Screven County either.

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You can't be talking about Allendale being a pretty place to drive through. It's both ugly AND depressing. It doesn't get much better once you hit Screven County either.

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Wow, I had no idea that Savannah's port had surpassed that of Charleston. Was there a similar increase in activity at the Brunswick port?

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Wow, I had no idea that Savannah's port had surpassed that of Charleston. Was there a similar increase in activity at the Brunswick port?

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Savannah is now the second busiest container port on the East Coast and the fourth busiest in the nation. More than 19.49 million tons passed through Savannah alone during the 2007 fiscal year

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Best part is that we're not anywhere done growing, we just begun... and after the Bi-State port comes into play - Savannah, will be the busiest port area in the nation ... our airport will be busier and Savannah, we be a force in the Southeast - forget the others in GA (besides ATL) .. we're in good hands for a long time.... :shades:

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Best part is that we're not anywhere done growing, we just begun... and after the Bi-State port comes into play - Savannah, will be the busiest port area in the nation ... our airport will be busier and Savannah, we be a force in the Southeast - forget the others in GA (besides ATL) .. we're in good hands for a long time.... :shades:

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