Sapelo Island residents say a proposed hike in the island's ferry fee is insult to injury after steep rises in other fees recently. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is proposing raising the one dollar one way fee on the only way on and off the island.
Georgia wildlife officials are saying for the first time that loggerhead sea turtles are recovering along the state's coast after more than 24 years of ups and downs for the threatened species. Department of Natural Resources biologist Mark Dodd said Thursday the giant turtles laid a record number of nests on Georgia beaches for the third straight year this summer.
Georgia wildlife and public safety authorities want drivers to be on the lookout for deer now that fall is in full swing. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams has issued a special warning to drivers in cities and suburbs.
The state Board of Natural Resources is set to take over regulation of saltwater fishing in Georgia. State lawmakers gave the board the authority to regulate saltwater fish the same way it does with freshwater species starting January 2013. Until now, the General Assembly has directly controlled rules about some saltwater species.
Georgia officials are fining a Tybee Island hotel CEO for moving a sand dune. Harry Spirides of the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort admits to hiring four men to shovel a dune at night starting in mid-February. The executive says, he wanted to make beach access easier for hotel guests. But moving a sand dune violates Georgia's Shore Protection Act.