Update 6/27/13 - 3:15pm - All 8 city aldermen say they will be voting against moving forward with a cruise ship terminal project at this time. This after 8 people came forward to speak about the proposal in a public forum, with 7 speaking against.
Savannah's City Council will devote part of their regular meeting today to hearing public comment on the potential locations of a Cruise Ship Terminal along the Savannah River. Council received a presentation on the results of a study of three possible locations last Tuesday. They now must decide whether to move forward with the second part of the study at a cost of nearly $90,000. The city has already spent nearly $200,000 for an initial study of the viability of the three sites. Today's public comment period will last approximately an hour. There will be a signup sheet for those who wish to speak. Each speaker will be allotted up to three minutes to talk. You can read the results of the study by clicking the link below. Stay with News 3 for more on this developing story.
The city of Savannah is looking into the possibility of building a cruise ship terminal. A study was just completed of three possible sites along the river. The number three site in the study, is number one as far as evaluation of the pros and cons goes. Savannah River Landing scored higher than either of the other two sites being considered for the terminal. Two of the locations are on the North bank of the Savannah River between the Tallmadge Bridge and the Trade and Convention Center. The third location is on the South bank of the river at the Savannah River Landing.
City council Tuesday received a briefing from the company that was paid nearly 200-thousand dollars to complete the first phase of the site study. All three of the sites were deemed to be viable. The study covered pros and cons of each - looking at things like total property acreage, feet of water frontage, and infrastructure needed both on land and in the water. One problem each has in common is that the City doesn't own any of the three properties... which Alderman Van Johnson says leaves some big questions unanswered, "Whether the land is available for acquisition, and then do we really want to invest a significant amount of money in acquisition, and then the development of curing some of the issues that all three sites have." Alderman Tom Bordeaux has other reservations as well, "I think it's been a big waste of money, but not from that standpoint. I think it wouldn't be typical for a city to be sitting there with a thousand foot frontage on the river, so I don't think that part's unusual at all. I do think it's - I guess questions should be asked in terms of whether it would be good for savannah to have a cruise ship terminal. I would hope we could have answered that question a lot sooner and a lot more cheaply."
Council members have to decide whether to move forward with the second phase of the study, which will cost about 90-thousand dollars on top of the nearly 200-thousand already spent. They will allow public comment at this Thursday's city council meeting. The public comment period will last approximately an hour. There will be a sign-up sheet, and speakers will be allowed three minutes each. You can view the complete study by clicking the link below. Stay with news three for continuing coverage of this issue.
The first phase of a study looking at three potential sites for a cruise ship terminal in the city of Savannah has been completed and the results are being presented to
City Council today. The three sites considered include two on the North bank between the Trade and Convention Center and the Talmadge Bridge and one on the South bank at the Savannah River Landing Site.
The company that conducted the study presented lists of pros and cons for each site to Council. The study shows all three sites are viable, but in a ranking of the sites, taking all variables assessed into account - the Savannah River Landing Site received the highest score of 38. The other two sites each received a score of 31. Council Members were given the opportunity to ask more detailed questions following the presentation.
A public hearing on cruise ships will be held at this Thursday's City Council Meeting. Anyone who wants to speak will be given 3 min to do so.
Additional link to full study: http://ftpcontent5.worldnow.com/wsav/documents/DRAFT_Final_Cruise%20Ship%20Staging%20Area%20Study_13%200513.pdf
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