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2008-07-31 18:00:29

By BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - The waters off Georgia's beaches are relatively clean for swimmers, according to a new report by a national organization, but some environmentalists wonder whether the drop in pollution has more to do with drought than reduced emissions. Only about 4 percent of the water samples tested in Georgia in 2007 had levels of bacteria that exceeded health standards, according to the latest edition of "Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation...

2008-07-23 15:00:50

By Anna Ferguson, The Brunswick News, Ga. Jul. 23--By 8 a.m. Tuesday, Paulette Hayes was out, patrolling the beaches of St. Simons Island. Standing a few feet deep in the lapping waves, Hayes dropped a vial into the water and collected a splash. Once a week, Hayes and a team from the Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources can be found out in the waves, gathering water samples to test for possible bacteria contamination. And the news the samplers have...

2008-07-15 18:00:23

To: TRAVEL EDITORS Contact: Eric Garvey, Jekyll Island State Park Authority, +1-912- 635-4081, EGarvey@jekyllisland.com JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jekyll Island State Park Authority (JIA) today announced it's intentions to set greater restrictions on lights near its natural beaches in order to protect sea turtles from the adverse effects of artificial light. The move, once approved as a new ordinance for the state-owned island, will likely be the model for beach...

2008-07-04 03:00:14

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Terry Norton stood waist-deep in the ocean 100 yards from the beach, watching the sea turtle poke her head above the water for breaths, a little farther out each time, before raising his arm and pointing out to sea in triumph. Dylan, a 150-pound loggerhead, was free in the ocean Monday after spending her entire nine years in captivity on Jekyll Island and at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. "Every time I saw her breathe, she was going in the right direction," Dr....

2008-07-02 09:00:31

By RUSS BYNUM JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Weighing 150 pounds and strong enough to require five men to wrestle her out of her saltwater tank, Dylan the sea turtle is ready to be set free after nine years in captivity and a final checkup by her veterinarian. Dylans release has been in the works for more than a year. The loggerhead sea turtle left her home at the Georgia Aquarium in May 2007 to live at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, where the staff could prepare her to live on her...

2008-06-18 12:00:28

By Anna Ferguson, The Brunswick News, Ga. Jun. 18--The public will have to wait a little longer for Linger Longer Communities to reveal new plans for the Jekyll Island beachfront. Linger Longer, the private firm designated to carry out the $342 million initial redevelopment of the state-owned island, is still working on revising the initial blueprint for the Beach Village space. The initial plan, released in September, returned to the drawing board following complaints from...

2007-09-25 15:00:19

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the Jekyll Island Authority began seeking a revitalization partner in June, the question has been asked: What does the future hold? (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070925/CLTU110 ) The answers began to emerge on Monday: additional green space, environmental sensitivity, historic preservation, a focus on conservation, full public beach access, and a wide variety of lodging and recreation opportunities for all Georgians....

2007-08-09 15:02:31

Atlanta-based Tidewater Plantations, Inc. has begun selling lots at Laurel Island, a coastal community just west of Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. There is currently a limited supply of the 55 Founders' Lots available for purchasing. The lots will start at a price of $700,000 each. Approximately 250 lots will be situated on the high bluffs of Laurel Island, overlooking the pristine Crooked River Estuary. Two villages are planned and will contain 300 to 400 cottage home...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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