Ports Begins Work on Garden City Buffer

A little more than a year ago, WTOC first reported about an unsightly fence put up overnight along Highway 21 in Garden City. It was supposed to serve as a buffer between a ports container yard and Main Street, and was supposed to be made of trees and other vegetation. People have been waiting a long time to see this fence replaced with something a little more sightly.

For an entire year, a battle went on between the ports, residents and local politicians. "I guess they were supposed to have started construction this month, but unfortunately nothing's been done," said county commissioner Dean Kicklighter.

But just minutes after we spoke with kicklighter something surprising took place. Now the fence which has caused so much tension is coming down, almost as suddenly as it went up.

"As you can see, we are rolling up our sleeves and we have begun our work here," said Robert Morris of the Georgia Ports Authority.

It turns out, today was the first day of construction. This project won't take place overnight. They have to tear up all the pavement and tree planting won't begin until December.

"It consists of large pines and loblollies and some beautiful magnolia trees that will line the whole area," said Morris.

"I think we're off to a good productive start with the ports, and we'll support them and hopefully they'll continue to support our community by doing the right thing," said Kicklighter.

A meeting was scheduled by Kicklighter months ago to discuss what progress has been made with the ports and residents. Everyone is invited to attend. It's Monday at 10am at the County Commission Chambers on Bull Street in Savannah.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com