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DNR plans improvements at Blythe Island boat ramps

Special to SEGAZINE

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources(GADNR)  has entered an intergovernmental agreement with Glynn County to increase available parking and to make other improvements at the public boat ramps located on Blythe Island in Glynn County. In 2003, GADNR installed a boating service dock at the facility which increased its popularity with boaters and fishermen. This popularity has caused crowding in the associated parking area.

“Boating and fishing are very popular activities along the Georgia coast, and we are committed to working with local governments to ensure the public has safe and fully functional access sites,” said Mark Williams, Commissioner of Natural Resources. “These improvements to the boating access facility on Blythe Island will double the available parking for vehicles and trailers while also adding to the longevity of the boat ramps.”

The project is being funded jointly by GADNR using Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration and Glynn County. Work has already begun on the $75,000 project and should be completed by June 30, 2014. In addition to expansion of parking facilities, the project includes improvements to the boat ramps to prevent erosion. The playground adjacent to the parking area will also get a facelift with a new safety fence, child-friendly mulch and new equipment.

“These ongoing improvements are in keeping with our efforts to make our recreational facilities appeal to a broader cross section of Glynn County residents”, said Glynn County Commission Chair Mike Browning. “This project would not have been done at this time without the financial assistance we’ve received in the form of a grant from GADNR. On behalf of our community and the Board of Commissioners, we extend our gratitude for this local partnership.”

The boating access site is located on the west side of Turtle River on Blythe Island just above the I-95 bridge. Access to the site is off Hwy 303 by turning at the light onto Blythe Island Drive and traveling for 1.2 miles, then turn right onto Park St and the ramp is straight ahead. The Turtle River location offers quick access to the St. Simons and St. Andrews estuaries, the lower Satilla River, and the Atlantic Ocean. There is no fee for the boat ramps.

Since its 1937 inception, the Federal Aid to Sportfish Restoration Program has provided funds to support fish restoration and management.  The program generates funds for research, enforcement, education, clean marinas and boating/fishing access through an excise tax placed on fishing equipment at the manufacturer level.

For more information on the Turtle River Park project contact Shawn Jordan at GADNR/Coastal Resources (912) 264-7218;

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