Written by Jen Finn
A seafood processing company would bring as many as 250 jobs to the Beaufort area under a plan that would rehabilitate the Port Royal shrimp docks and build a processing plant in Gardens Corner.
"Our goal is to create a fishing area the town of Port Royal can be proud of," Millenarian Trading Co. representative Steven Giese told Port Royal Town Council during a work session Wednesday night.
The project, code named "Operation Blossom," was first referenced by town manager Van Willis during a meeting in February. On Wednesday, he said council is considering a five-year lease for the docks. The property is owned by the S.C. State Ports Authority and will be given to the town in a swap, if the Port of Port Royal is sold to a developer. In the meantime, the town has an agreement to run the shrimp docks. Under the terms of the town's lease with the ports authority, such an operation is allowed, Willis said.
The hope is to reach an agreement quickly so Millenarian can start fishing for Cannonball jellyfish, also called jellyballs, before the end of their season in May, Giese said. The Beaufort/Port Royal area is near the end of the migration route for the fish, so the jelly fish are large and plentiful in the area, he said.
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