Local government leaders in Camden County, Georgia, urge development of third state-run ocean port on St. Marys River at site of former paper mill that provides ready infrastructure, access to navigable waters

ATLANTA , February 27, 2012 () – A group of South Georgia leaders is pushing to establish a third state-run ocean port on the St. Marys River that forms the border with Florida.

Morris News Service reports that supporters say a new port offers the prospect of new jobs in an area where unemployment is high.

Property now available in the area has inspired much of the push for a new port. Officials say the site of a former paper mill is on the market after developers failed to pull off plans for a mixed commercial/residential community there.

John McDill, chairman of the Camden County Joint Development Authority, says the property is "one of the largest remaining sites in all of coastal Georgia that enjoys navigable water access and has all infrastructure in place."

The Georgia Ports Authority currently operates two ports for ocean-going ships, in Savannah and Brunswick.

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