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.
The public has until August 17th to comment on a plan by National Park Service officials to preserve sites important to Gullah-Geechee people. Those are descendents of slaves who live on sea islands of Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. The plan recommends local and state officials take actions aimed at protecting cultural sites from development.
The proposed management plan for the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor will be up for public comment in June. The corridor reaches from southeastern North Carolina to just past St. Augustine, Fla.
A plan to preserve the sea island culture of slave descendants along Georgia's coast is nearing completion. The culture, known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georiga, has preserved a heritage with its own language and arts. The proposal envisions plans for education, documenting cultural sites and economic development.
Researchers are putting thousands of audio recordings online. Their aim is to track how language, grammar and accents change over time. The South is a treasure trove. And Georgia shares several distinctive styles.