Senator Lindsey Graham says the congressional delegation needs to act now and give the State Ports Authority the funds needed to dredge and deepen the Charleston harbor, bringing in more business. More business for South Carolina’s ports could mean deepening the Charleston harbor from 45 feet to 50 feet. But, it seems easier said than done. The state needs $250 to 300 million to make it happen. Senator Lindsey Graham told the State Ports Authority Wednesday it’s needed.
The Port of Charleston can only be deepened by federal government funds being directed at the Port of Charleston. The Obama Administration didn’t put one penny into dredging the Charleston harbor, and the only way we’ll get money is for the delegation to do it.
The Republican senator told port and business leaders, as well as members of the media, that if the state does not act now, it will fall further and further behind. Graham says South Carolina is the only state with a port on the East Coast that has no money to deepen its harbor.