Resolutions from two cities and two counties were approved this week. In essence these resolutions say that these jurisdictions resolve to endorse the recommendations of the House and Senate Joint Coastal Georgia Greenway Study Committee and urge Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and Speaker David Ralston to support an appropriation of at least one million dollars or more in the next state budget to initiate the Greenway’s planning and construction under the coordination of the Coastal Regional Commission.
In 2015, the Georgia Legislature created the Joint House –Senate Coastal Greenway Study Committee and appointed four Representatives, four Senators and Directors of Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and yours truly, who completed their report and submitted it to the sitting 2016 Georgia Legislature for action.
Major recommendations of the Committee’s Report include:
- That the Coastal Regional Commission, as the area’s regional development commission, head and otherwise oversee implementation of the Coastal Georgia Greenway
- That annual appropriations should be made for the next ten years to assist with the startup and implementation costs of the Coastal Georgia Greenway, the Committee recommends that the House of Representatives and Senate appropriate at least $1 million dollars annually for the next ten years
- That, to the extent possible, that the Coastal Georgia Greenway be constructed to meet the criteria of the East Coast Greenway, so that the Georgia greenway with a minimum of 80 percent off-road trail and/or side path.
The Final Report of the Joint Coastal Greenway Study Committee has been assigned to the House of Representatives Economic Development and Tourism Committee for its consideration and recommendation.
To date, St. Marys, Riceboro, and Chatham County have also passed supporting resolutions as has the Jekyll Island Authority.
Starting on February 23 to February 27 2016.
The WinterRide is a plush ride in St Marys Georgia. After each day of riding and activities riders stay in a hotel (included in the cost) to rest their bones. This is a great leisurely ride which visits Historical Downtown St Marys, Cumberland Harbour, Crooked River State Park, Cumberland Island, Okefenokee Swamp, museums, and other local attractions. Did we mention the daily happy hours?
On Friday, January 15th. the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to endorse the recommendations of the House and Senate Joint Coastal Georgia Greenway Study Committee and urge Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and Speaker David Ralston to support an appropriation of at least one million dollars or more in the next state budget to initiate the Greenway’s planning and construction under the coordination of the Coastal Regional Commission.
Similar resolutions have passed in the City of Riceboro and St. Marys, Georgia.
The Joint House – Senate Coastal Greenway Study Committee, Co-Chaired by Senator William Ligon and Representative Ron Stephens, recommends state funding of $1 million per year for 10 years, during which time the Coastal Regional Commission is to oversee build-out of the remaining 124 miles to link South Carolina to Florida through coastal Georgia. Phase I to be completed by 2017, is known as the Island Hopper Trail as it will link a 100-mile network of trails on Sapelo (via ferry); Butler, St. Simons and Jekyll Islands, as well as linking Ashantilly, Fort King George, Darien, Hofwyl-Broadfield and Brunswick. To see the report, go to: http://www.senate.ga.gov/sro/Documents/StudyCommRpts/2015JointCoastalGreenway.pdf
Imagine traveling on foot, bicycle or horseback through coastal Georgia, winding through arches of live oak trees on your way to tour one of many historical or recreational sites.
The Coastal Georgia Greenway is envisioned as a 450-mile trail system, which will connect South Carolina to Florida through Georgia’s six coastal counties. This alternative transportation network will link the towns, attractions, recreational sites, historic and cultural sites, waterways and natural habitats of the coast.
A series of trails suitable for bicyclists, joggers, equestrians, canoeists, kayakers, and other non-motorized users will be built. The centerpiece of the Coastal Georgia Greenway is a continuous trail connecting South Carolina to Florida as part of the East Coast Greenway along various north-south routes including the U.S. Highway 17 corridor, abandoned rail corridors, and historic canal corridors, from which visitors can sample coastal imagery
Incorporated in October 2009, the Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc. mission states: “The Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc. (CGG, Inc.) works with citizens, governments and private economic interests to create a 450-mile regional greenway and multi-use trail system that will conserve the unique natural and cultural resources of Georgia’s coast while safely providing alternative transportation, educational, recreational and tourism opportunities for the enjoyment and health of both residents and visitors.
” The Coastal Georgia Greenway is being built by public-private partnerships of local jurisdictions, bike clubs, non-profit organizations and citizens who are cooperating to build the trails. Check the tabs along the sidebar for more information regarding getting involved, the latest developments, and upcoming events.
Terry Along with his wife, Darlene, own Camden Bicycle Center in St Marys, GA. They have been in business for sixteen years serving the Coastal Georgia area. In 2010, Camden Bicycle Center was awarded Silver Level Recognition from the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Business. Terry also serves as Vice Chair of the Georgia Coast Rail-to-Trail, serves the city of St Marys on the Downtown Development Authority, Graduate of the Ga Regional Economic and Leadership Development. Board member of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce. He is a veteran of the United States Navy Submarine Force retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer/Chief of the Boat. He maintains close ties with the submarine community in Kings Bay Ga.