Savannah mayor used St. Pat's visit to lobby Pence on harbor

Savannah mayor used St. Pat's visit to lobby Pence on harbor
In this March 17, 2018 photo provided by Shannon Lennon, bottom right, Vice President Mike Pence, bottom left, poses for a selfie with a group during a St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, Ga. (Vice President MikePence/Shannon Lennon via AP)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Savannah says he used Vice President Mike Pence’s weekend visit for St. Patrick’s Day to lobby for federal funding to deepen the city’s busy shipping channel.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach told a news conference Sunday that Pence chose to attend Savannah’s parade Saturday because he was due for a trip to the South.

DeLoach said it was a chance to remind Pence the million Savannah harbor expansion to make room for bigger ships is only halfway done “and tell them we needed the funding to keep the harbor deepening going.”

President Donald Trump’s latest budget seeks million for the project. Georgia officials say it needs million to avoid delays.

DeLoach said Pence got the message, adding: “If he stood still, he knew about the harbor.”