My town lies the nearest to deep water on the Atlantic coast but for years was kept from doing port business with larger shipping companies because of a old bridge. Recently the new bridge opened and the removal of the old bridge is now complete.The closest to port a large ship has from the sea is considered as most favorable because when the inland run is longer it usually means more obstacles to navigate and more liability for the shipping line. The port has already been port of entry to foreign car makers handling large numbers of vehicles. Options to these vehicles are often added here creating a work force. Just recently there was a press release of a proposed 1 Billion dollar development at the foot of the new bridge. In the bottom picture behind the support cables and of center to the right is a open area. This is where Liberty Ships were built during WW2. You can see the ramps visible at the waters edge. The billion dollar development story is here http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-onlin...19306046.shtml
As Army bases close in Europe Soldiers are moving to Fort Stewart Ga. . Connecticut looks to be losing a nuke sub base and a build up of the one here is proposed when assets from there is moved this way. Since the mid 70's the place has been home of FLETC http://www.fletc.gov/ the training grounds for Federal law enforcement and because of the events of 911 that place is growing rapidly. Some might remember that the G8 summit that was held in England a few weeks ago where the bombings took place was held here last year flawlessly except for a few protestors.
For someone that grew up on a dirt road and spent a hot summers day much like this one years ago barefooted going down to the Sunoco gas station to buy a Mountain Dew, this is exciting to watch.