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04/04/06

Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Jasper Port

Jasper County has crossed a major legal hurdle in effort to build a port terminal. They want to build a multimillion dollar shipping terminal on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.

After a long legal battle with the South Carolina Ports Authority, the state supreme court upheld the county's right to build and operate a port on 1,800 acres along the river. The decision that has county officials excited for the future.

"I would say this was one of the biggest road blocks," said Jasper County councilman Dr. George Hood. "If they hadn't ruled in our favor, we wouldn't have had any bargaining power. I guess that would have landed things in the hands of the ports authority."

Jasper County officials must now push for the land to be condemned. They have already filed a lawsuit, but are still waiting for a decision.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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