Sanford attends Panama Canal expansion ceremony, reports good news for Charleston

The Post & Courier
Emma Dumain
June 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — On Sunday, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford was one of 14 members of Congress to witness — in person — the long-anticipated expansion of the Panama Canal.

The South Carolina Republican, who celebrated alongside 70 heads of state, told The Post and Courier the culmination of the seven-year, $5 billion project will have a very big impact back home.

“Here we are, very many miles away, and they keep bringing up Charleston,” Sanford said of the briefings the congressional delegation received in Panama on Sunday morning. “I think it was illuminating on what a big deal this is, the way it changes, frankly, the viability and service area of the Port of Charleston,” said Sanford, who lives in Mount Pleasant.

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