More than a dozen Savannah-area homeowners are appealing their property tax assessments. They say their waterfront properties are worth less than their assessed values. That's because of Georgia's strong protections for coastal marshes.
The University of Georgia is joining the ranks of research institutions with robotic submersibles. Marine scientists next year will deploy the Salty Dawg, an unmanned torpedo-shaped device designed to collect data at sea for a month at a time. The robot is funded by NASA.
A coastal-area landowner has agreed to restore several square miles of wetlands after he built illegal roads and ditches on them. Glynn County resident Wayne Hutcheson built the roads to access his property better. But he didn't have the state and federal approval that's required any time development affects protected marshes.
Georgia's environmental chief says he wants to continue talks with South Carolina over saltwater intrusion on the coast. A committee for years has been discussing ways to stop a saltwater plume that's contaminating wells near Savannah. But the committee hasn't met in months and South Carolina officials are calling more loudly for action.
Chatham County residents won't be getting 'voluntary' hurricane evacuations anymore. Emergency management officials there are getting rid of the term 'voluntary' and replacing it with 'early' and 'recommended' evacuations. The meaning hasn't changed. But officials believe the new wording will give residents more urgency as a storm approaches.
Governor Nathan Deal spoke at a $500 a head fundraiser to support penny sales taxes for transportation. The Savannah reception was the first major fundraising push outside Atlanta for supporters of the T-SPLOST vote in July.
US Army Corps of Engineers officials are studying the environmental impacts of dredging Georgia's 161-mile part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The ICW is a natual and manmade highway for boats strerching from Maine to Florida. Like Interstate 95, it brings business to the coast. That's why supporters would like more than study.
Researchers say, there's little difference between new "eco-friendly" docks and those that don't even try to protect salt marshes. Scientists spent three years studying new different types of docks designed to cast fewer shadows on the marsh. They concluded, they're not much better than ordinary docks.
A coastal lawmaker says, Georgia is losing business from boaters who want to take up floating residences in the state. Woodbine Republican Jason Spencer introduced a bill in the state legislature to allow live-aboard boats. Georgia outlawed long-term boat stays 20 years ago out of concern for the human waste that some boaters dump in the water.
Brunswick city officials are getting tired of paying to raise sunken and abandoned shrimp boats. Two years after paying about $70,000 to raise a derelict trawler at the city dock, last month another one sank. Taxpayers end up footing the bill when shrimpers can't maintain their boats and can't insure or sell them.