Posted on March 16, 2020
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WPDE) — Nearly a decade after discussions began to plan the dredging of the Port of Georgetown, the silt muddying the bottom of the river remains in place.
There have been task forces, studies, community meetings, and even a one-cent sales tax to raise the $30 million engineers estimated the project would cost.
There was just one problem: the actual cost to dredge the port to authorities’ desired depth was more than double that.
Plans were scrapped and alternatives were sought to keep the river navigable.
“We’ve been working down that path for the last four years trying to make that project work,” County Director of Economic Development Brian Tucker said. “Our priority is to remain a working waterfront community.”
The first phase of the county’s new plan finished in early 2020. Now, leaders say it’s on to phase two.
“We feel like now is the time we can get this done,” State Representative Carl Anderson said.
You will see the latest on the project in an ABC15 special report Tuesday at 6 p.m.