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Jasper Co. Council demands movement on terminal

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Jasper County Council member Thomas Johnson Jasper County Council member Thomas Johnson

After nearly half a decade of delays Jasper County officials are upset with the progress that has been made on the new seaport project and are ready to take the new terminal into their own hands.

Last month, the Jasper County Council passed a motion calling for the joint port office, which consists of representatives from South Carolina and Georgia, to immediatly file application for construction permits for the Jasper Ocean Terminal. The terminal is on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.

Jasper County Council member Thomas Johnson referenced the 2009 state law that requires the project to be given to Jasper County if the terminal is not being developed in an expeditious manner.

"Years have gone by, their own studies show they are a year behind schedule and they still are not seeking permits to build the port like the statute tells them to, so we feel like the two ports authorities that dominate the joint project office, don't want the port built and are delaying as much as possible, which is both unconceivable and illegal contrary to statute," Johnson said.

By putting pressure on the joint project offices Jasper County hopes to begin the permitting process within the next few months.

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