Friday, December 19, 2008

Chambliss, Isakson, Kingston Announce $3 Million for Brunswick Harbor Deepening Project

U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston, R-01, today announced the Army Corps of Engineers will apply $3 million to dredge the entrance of the Brunswick Harbor. These funds will allow a dredging of the full extent of the entrance channel to 400 feet wide and 36 feet deep, allowing the Port of Brunswick to accommodate larger cargo carriers and attract new business.

"Georgia’s ports are an important economic engine and this announcement comes at a critical time,” said Chambliss. “This dredging project is vital to meeting the current and future requirements of port customers, and is a powerful factor in maintaining and stimulating job growth in Brunswick, Glynn County and the entire state. I’m pleased the Corps is taking the necessary steps to ensure the dredging is done.”

“The dredging maintenance of the Brunswick Harbor is essential to the operation of our ports and to the economy of our state and the Southeast,” said Isakson. “I am pleased with the response from the Corps of Engineers.”

“This funding is another sign of what we already know – Georgia’s ports are vital to our state and our nation’s economy,” Congressman Kingston said. “If we are looking to stimulate the economy and grow jobs, the Port of Brunswick is a fine place to start.”

The announcement follows a letter sent in October by Senators Chambliss and Isakson along with Representative Kingston regarding the operational status of the Brunswick Harbor channel to Assistant Secretary of the Army, John Paul Woodley, Jr.
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