Why Bill Stern is Good for South Carolina

Fixing today’s problems based upon standards existing over a decade ago is nonsensical.

Earlier this week, board members for the South Carolina Ports Authority voted to shut off funding for the Savannah River dredging project until Georgia is “sincere” about cooperating with the State of South Carolina.

I support the decision of the board and Chairman Bill Stern.  Bill Stern offers a no-nonsense, well reasoned analysis of what needs to be done to ensure that funds allocated for the development of the Jasper Port by our taxpayers are productive for the taxpayers of the State of South Carolina and Georgia.

Bill Stern’s recent editorial in the State Newspaper points out undisputable flaws in DHEC’s decision to grant Georgia a permit to dredge the Savannah River to a depth of 48 feet, a depth that is insufficient to support today’s global shipping market. Importantly, the four major East Coast ports have already been authorized to take their harbors to a depth of 50 feet, setting a new East Coast Standard.

A new port for Jasper County, provided that the Savannah River is developed to the 50 foot depth standard under development in Miami, Norfolk, New York, and Baltimore means we are competitively positioned, increasing the likelihood of revenue for the State of South Carolina and Georgia.

As our Governor, Nikki Haley would be wise to consider Bill Stern’s position and involve him in future  discussion and negotiation . If the Savannah River and Jasper port projects are properly developed, progress will be made for the citizens of the State of South Carolina and Georgia.  Investing money to dredge the Savannah River to a depth that does not meet current demand under the present proposal of 48 feet is irresponsible.


About Pete Strom

Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.

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