Reed: ‘Harbor deepening will happen’ |


Reed: ‘Harbor deepening will happen’ |

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed cut right to the chase.

“I know a lot of you are worried because you didn’t get what you were expecting (for harbor deepening) in the president’s budget proposal,” he told the sold-out crowd of more than 750 gathered Thursday for the Savannah Economic Development Authority’s annual luncheon.

“I’m here to tell you don’t be concerned a bit,” he said. “This is going to happen. We’re doing things in an orderly fashion, and we’re making real progress.”

In the last year, Reed said, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project has received more than 100 approvals across four different federal departments.

“Now the Water Resource Development Act, currently in the House, contains language to authorize the spending levels needed,” he said. “When that goes through, you’re going to see things move quickly.”

Reed said he spent about four hours with President Obama when he came to Atlanta recently.

“I was ready to bring up the issue, but I didn’t have to,” he said. “The president brought it up himself, specifically mentioning the Port of Savannah.”

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