A tourist train running on the tracks of the old St. Marys Railroad is scheduled to fire up its locomotive and start bringing passengers aboard next month. St. Marys Mayor Bill Deloughy says he hopes the train rides will boost tourism in the area.
An unbroken saltwater trail along 800 miles of the Southeastern coastline has been mapped out for those who like canoeing, kayaking and other paddle sports. The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail maps routes along the coast, as well as access points between the Chesapeake Bay and Saint Mary's, Ga.
The Navy has informed the Federal Aviation Administration that it wants a small Georgia airport moved amid concerns that airplanes and skydivers pose a threat to security at a key U.S. submarine base on the coast.
Airport officials in St. Marys have decided to revoke the license of a skydiving business operating there after two skydivers missed the airfield along Georgia's coast and landed on a high-security submarine base less than three miles away.
A group of south Georgia leaders is pushing to establish a third state-run ocean port on the St. Marys River that forms the border with Florida. Supporters say a new port offers the prospect of new jobs in an area where unemployment is high.
Residents in coastal St. Marys plan on celebrating their city's role in the War of 1812 this Saturday. The area saw Georgia's only battle in the war often called America's Second War of Independence. Event organizer Cheri Richter says, she hopes this is the start of a three year tourism push related the war.
Some local governments are issuing moratoriums on on so-called "sweepstakes centers." The centers call themselves "internet cafes" and offer prizes for games. Law enforcement officials call them "stealth casinos." The coastal City of St. Marys passed a local ordinance limiting them.
National Park Service officials say, they won't let people stay in historic homes on Cumberland Island. Leasing the homes is a point of contention at the National Seashore. Wilderness advocates want fewer people living on the island. Historic preservationists, however, worry, the Park Service doesn't have the resources to keep the homes in good condition.