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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Historic high lake levels Lake Lanier’s average level in May was the highest on record for that month and the average elevation of Lanier’s waters in June was shaping up to be among the top six ever recorded for the first month of summer. Page 17
Patrolling Lake Lanier The officers who cruised Sunset Cove while patrolling Lake Lanier on assignment from Big Creek in Hall County to the Gwinnett County line scanned the water for infractions. Page 58
Cumberland Island With more than 20 miles of beaches and dunes facing the Atlantic Ocean, the hundreds of wild horses understand the freedom and beauty of running alone with the breezes and tides of Cumberland Island. Page 66 Also inside: Break from the lake . . . . . . . .Page Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Captain’s comments . . . . . . . .Page Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Cruising Wilsons . . . . . . . . . . .Page Dining guide . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Fishing column . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Glenn Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lake Lanier Olympic Venue . . .Page Lake levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lanier map . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Marinas information . . . . . . . .Page Outdoor activity calendar . . . .Page Power Squadron column . . . . . .Page Recreation guide . . . . . . . . . .Page Safety guide . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Sailing calendar . . . . . . . . . . .Page Shore Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Steve Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . .Page US Coast Guard Auxiliary . . . . .Page
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New Opti sailors Emily Hammond and Hope Terhune (Boat 5) steer their sailboat during the University Yacht Club's junior sailing camp held last month. Story, photos page 50.
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It’s here: Pirates of Lanier Poker Run is published by Lanier Publishing, Inc., 3292 Thompson Bridge Rd. #250, Gainesville, GA 30506 (770) 287-1444 Publisher/Editor Alan Hope Production Susan Nish Susan Daniel Creative, Inc. Senior Writer Pamela A. Keene Contributing writers Phillip Sartain, Roy Crittenden, Tommy Wilkinson, Millie Adcox, Mike Rudderham, Glenn Burns, Bob & Carolyn Wilson, Lisa Beers, Jane Harrison Steve Johnson Travel Editor Bill Vanderford Lakeside is published monthly by Lanier Publishing, Inc. based in Gainesville, GA, with distribution in some 300 locations around Lake Lanier and other areas. Opinions expressed by contributing writers are not necessarily those of Lakeside, its staff or its advertisers. Manuscripts and photographs submitted will be considered for publication. Lakeside cannot be held responsible for such materials in case of damage or loss.
By Pamela A. Keene The biggest lake party of the year takes place on the weekend of July 18-20 as the fifth annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run takes center stage at Lake Lanier. From the Thursday evening meet and greet at Gianni’s at Lake Lanier Islands through the Saturday night awards ceremony and afterevent party, organizers have predicted that this will be the biggest Pirates of Lanier Poker run ever. “Our goal this year is to raise $300,000 for the children,” said Rea Williams with the board of directors of Lanier Partners of North Georgia, event hosts. “Each year this just gets bigger and better and we’re always pleasantly surprised at the camaraderie and enthusiasm generated by this three-day event.” Three children’s charities will benefit from this year’s event – Camp Sunshine, Naval Special Warfare Kids and new this year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County. Additionally, there’s $8,500 in cash prizes at stake for the best poker hands: $5,000 for the best hand, $2,500 for the second best and $1,000 for the third
Mandatory “Captains’ Meeting” and “Welcome Party” at the Grand Hall, Lake Lanier Islands Resort • Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Poker Run on the lake • Saturday, July 20, 6 to 10 p.m., After-event Party and Awards Ceremony, Sunset Cove, Lake Lanier Islands Resort Additionally, the group is best. The organization is also awarding trophies for the Best Decorated Boat, the Best Dressed Crew, the Most Patriotic Boat and the Worst Decorated Boat. “In years past, the cash winners have tended to donate their winnings back to the event, allowing us to give even more money to our children’s charities,” Williams said. “The generosity of people just blows me away.” Here’s the schedule of events for the weekend: • Thursday, July 18, 5 to 10 p.m., Meet and Greet at Gianni's, Lake Lanier Islands Resort • Friday, July 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Cheeseburger in Paradise” Raft Up on the Lake, donated by Norman’s Landing • Friday, July 19, 6 to 10 p.m.,
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‘Ten commandments’ of boating safety according to the USCGA Here’s a different type of column this month but one that every boater should read. It’s the “Ten commandments” of boating safety from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary: 1. Thou Shalt Wear a Life Jacket Coast Guard statistics show that the vast majority of drownings occur when no life jackets are being worn. Always have an adequate number of life jackets on board and make sure that children are wearing life jackets that fit correctly. 2. Never Shalt Thou Drink and Drive Whether a car or a boat, it’s just plain crazy to drink and drive. Rarely does alcohol account for less than 25 percent of boating accidents in a given year. 3. Taketh a Boating Safety Course Yes, something as simple as an eight-hour boating safety course can make all the difference. Seventy percent of boating accidents involve skippers who have never taken a course. Check out the website at the bottom of this article to get connected to one of our upcoming “About Boating Safety” courses. 4. Safety Begins With Thou
ways maintain a look-out. You are also required to use all means available to do so. Have radar? Roy Turn it on. Speed is another matCrittenden ter because, like driving a car, speed should always be reduced if USCG visibility and/or weather demand Auxiliary it. Nearby boat traffic is also a factor. 7. Knoweth Thy Weather MORE INFO: 770-393-4382, Clearly, if you have ever left email@example.com, your dock under beautiful skies Flotilla 29 Lake Lanier, and then came home under heavy http://a0700209.uscgaux.info weather, you know how important it is to know, before you go, what Adults between the ages of 40 to expect during the course of and 49 account for the highest your journey. Make it a habit to rate of boating fatalities. You set check the weather forecast before the tone for safety for the entire going out, and the weather chancrew and passengers. Remember, nels on your VHF/FM marine also, that you as skipper are radio are also available with uplegally responsible for everyone. to-date weather information. 5. Thou Shalt Know The 8. Haveth Thy Boat Meet Rules of Navigation State and Federal Standards Can you imagine giving the Can there be any easier way to keys to the family car to one of ensure that your boat meets your children and they have never USCG and state requirements opened a book on driving regula- than getting a FREE vessel safety tions, much less taken a course. check by a certified Coast Guard Most agree that at Lake Lanier Auxiliarist? No penalty for failthe most often rule of boating vi- ure here. The Vessel Examiner olated are the “Rules of Navigawill come back for a recheck after tion.” any deficiencies are corrected and 6. Thou Shalt Keep a Good award the windshield decal. Look-Out, While Driving Safely 9. Useth a Carbon Monoxide You are required by law to al- Detector
Safe boating course set for July 13 Flotilla 29 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Lake Lanier, announces a one-day, seven-lesson “About Boating Safely” course. The course is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2013. This course also serves as a PWC certified course for children under the age of 16. This course will be given at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Rd., Flowery Branch, Ga., on the left just before the entrance to Aqualand Marina. Classes run from 8:30 a.m.
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Contacting USCGA in an emergency on Lanier The USCGA Operations Center with watch stander is open from mid-May through September, weekends and holidays, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., and can be reached by VHF/FM marine radio on Channel 16 or by cell phone by calling 770-967-2322. If you have an enclosed cabin, equip it with a Carbon Monoxide detector. Most recently manufactured cabin cruisers will come equipped with one. You can’t smell this stuff, see it or taste it, and it can get you without you ever realizing its presence.
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Taking it to the next level; know where the fish are in the lake Do you ever wonder why certain anglers seem to be catching fish pretty well most of the time? To be sure, this is not an accident or sheer luck – although I’ll take a little good luck any time I can find it. It’s also not about the latest hot lure you just read about or saw on television. Owning the best boat on the water and trying the latest technique you’ve been hearing about won’t get you there either. Amazingly, it’s not about finding secret hot spots. The bass fishermen who enjoy consistent success on the lake are putting everything together. It’s a form of synergy that improves nearly every day on the water. I’m not saying you should stop buying new lures. I still enjoy purchasing the latest versions that make sense to my ways of fishing. Having a quality boat and electronics can only help your efforts if paired with working knowledge. Trying new techniques helps us to expand our angling horizons and become more effective in a variety of conditions. However it’s well worth noting that nothing puts fish in the boat if you’re not around fish. It’s been written that 90 percent of the fish are in 10 percent of the
mer water stratifies by temperature layer and a thermocline forms at around the 27-foot depth Tommy on our home lake. Schools of fish Wilkinson will usually be found somewhere close to this depth give or take a Casting few feet. Don’t forget the forage Lanier factor. Schools of baitfish are always a big plus when other conditions are present. water. Productive fishing is all Find fish in your living room about eliminating the unproducBass gravitate to areas that tive water and executing the bahave sufficient oxygen along with sics well once you narrow the a combination of the right strucpossibilities. Marginal water ture and cover. A nearby food varies with the seasons. On Lake source is also critical. Structure is Lanier, middle spring is a great best defined as an underwater tertime to catch large numbers of rain feature with significant depth fish in the shallows. Those who changes. For our practical purmaintain this strategy into the late poses these are points, submerged spring and summer typically see humps, and reefs which are really catch rates plummet. That could nothing more than the humps and be why so many people have beridge tops that come to within a come accustomed to only fishing few feet of the surface. Old creek during the pre-spawn phase. or river channels can cut in close Those who know the requireto these areas making them perments of bass in our reservoirs are fect for a quick transition from the most successful. Remember shallow to deep water. Cover can that deeper is better for the most take the form of rock piles, part on lakes with predominant stumps, blow downs along the populations of spotted bass. It’s shoreline, and man-made brush also worth noting that the coldest piles or submerged timber in the and hottest months typically depths. The best place to start cause bass to concentrate in the searching is, surprisingly, in your largest numbers. During the sum- living room or computer room.
Good basic map work will take you a long way to finding the fish. Select maps with detailed contour lines. This will give you a better feel for the underwater terrain. The typical contour interval is 10 feet on commercially available products. Some find it slightly confusing to visualize in 3D while studying a piece of paper or computer screen. Remember that the apex of a “V” shape pointing away from the shoreline indicates a point while the reverse indicates an old draw or hollow (miniature valley) that often results in a shoreline cove. Target potential hot spots at home and explore them on the water armed with a depth finder and marker buoys if you’re looking for deeper targets. Don’t discount what you can see above the water. Pay especially close attention to the terrain above shore. It’s commonly points to what you’ll find down to good fishing depths. If you noticed any clearly sawn tree stumps on a point or steep bank, start looking for the submerged brush pile at 25 to 35 feet deep. If you want to know more about what the bottom is like in a given area, tie on a jig or Carolina rig to find out whether you’re dealing
with rock or clay and sediment. From late spring through late fall, you should always look for signs of life in the vicinity. This could mean balls of baitfish showing up on your sonar unit, dimpling schools of shad at the surface, or especially isolated fish blowing up with surface feeding activity. If you see groups of fish on top you are obviously in the zone. When the schools go down, conduct a thorough recon with your depth finder. Something is attracting fish to that area. Understand your electronics Speaking of electronics, today’s units are nothing short of phenomenal. If you’re looking for the ultimate in fish locating technology, consider the newest units by the top companies in the business. Lowrance offers StructureScan Sonar Imaging for HDS. It offers unbelievable distance in side scanning capability along with a separate down scanning transducer element that delivers incredible detail of what’s under your feet. Fish are clearly separated from surrounding cover. Humminbird also offers a super version of this product. Their Down Imaging technology gives See Fishing, page 11
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Continued from Page 10 picture like images of what’s below the boat. Both manufacturers offer the capability of side and downward views to be used in conjunction with each other. Gone are the days when a brush pile looked like an amorphous blob. With this technology you see the structure with new eyes along with any fish that might be hanging around. A tree actually looks like a tree. A sunken boat looks just like you think it would. You get the picture. If the budget is not ready for one of these new cutting edge sonar units, don’t lose sleep over it before your next fishing trip. Remember that the latest in technology is not the guarantee to a limit in the live well. I discovered that back when I purchased my first Jon boat. I equipped it with a unit which was probably a second generation of the legendary Lowrance “Green Box” flasher. I expected it to fill my stringer with bass, no effort required. Needless to say, my expectations were a bit high. After a lot of trial and error I learned that it was a great tool – if you knew where to look and used it along with an underwater topographic map. Regardless of the electronic graph unit you have, the most important thing is in understanding how to read it. Understand that it’s a tool which is part of a bigger picture in your quest to find productive fishing waters.
Websites to check out Yet another tool for finding fish holding structure is seeing it with your own eyes. As we all know, a while back, Lake Lanier experienced record low water levels. For years, smart anglers ventured out in low water conditions with the specific purpose of scouting out areas with the right combinations of structure and cover for future visits. In the past folks marked these spots on maps and the really serious fishermen took photos of these places to create albums of hot spots. But even the most dedicated were unable to cover more than a small portion of the lake. Remember, we’re talking about hundreds of miles of shoreline. Modern technology has made a huge breakthrough in this daunting task. Imagine having HD video of the best structure on Lake Lanier from one end to the other along with GPS coordinates. On your PC or laptop, zoom in on a map of the lake, and tell the program what type of structure you want to target. You can select groupings of stumps, rock piles, drop offs, wash outs, and more. You can even combine different types of cover. You’ll spot the upper sections of brush piles protruding above the surface. Choose your favorite areas or places you’ve never even tried before. You’ll see from the water line about See Fishing, page 12
Lake level: 1071.6 or about one half foot over full pool. Surface Temp: lower 80s. Clarity: Clear with light color in upper tributaries. Bass fishing has been good to very good with most anglers enjoying success with typical summer patterns. The spotted bass are gravitating to deep water structure with cover. Locating brush piles has been a key to success. The average brush pile depth is 25 feet but you’ll find them both shallower and deeper. Points and submerged humps are the terrain features to focus your attention on when searching for brush. When you become familiar with a spot, stop your approach within an appropriate distance and cast beyond the brush pile target with your favorite topwater bait or swim bait. Bring it in over the sweet spot and do this several times. Fish often suspend over the brush and will charge up to attack a properly presented lure. Keep moving and hit lots of spots. If this tactic is not producing, try swimming a Fish Head Spin rigged with a Super Fluke Junior a few feet over the submerged cover. If you’re striking out with this, go into or adjacent to the brush with a finesse worm rigged shakey style or a drop shot rig. Expect this scenario to remain solid over the next month. Striper fishing has also been very good. Linesides are also locking into summer patterns. Search for schools of fish near creek mouths and increasingly out toward the old river channel. Down rods baited with lively blue back herring have been the most successful technique for anglers lately. Drop these down to depths of 30 to 35 feet over bottom depths of 60-plus feet. Stripers will also relate to submerged humps and points. Instead of brush, look for schools of baitfish to attract these predators. When you locate lots of bait at the right depth, striped bass will typically be very close. Look for the lead core line trolling bite to kick in at any time. Eight to nine colors of line out along with a leader and bucktail jig will enable you to cover a lot of water and put fish in the boat. This fishing should be consistent through the month.
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By Pamela A. Keene The Lake Lanier Association brought good news – and attention to continuing issues – to its membership at the organization’s early June annual meeting. In addition, the group paid tribute to former president Jackie Joseph, who has been made Chairman Emeritus, upon stepping down from full-time service to the board. Executive Vice President Val Perry reported that the group, which was a party in recent court cases with Florida and Alabama over the water coming from Lake Lanier, has paid off its legal fees from years of litigation. However, the LLA is closely following a bill that passed the U.S. Senate in May – the Water Resources Development Act, which, if passed, will affect a number of water initiatives around the country. It is staying in touch with the Georgia Congressional delegation about the bill, which is headed to the U.S.
House of Representatives. Board member Wilton Rooks told the group that he expected the issue to be seen in the news media in the coming months. Project updates The meeting included an update about Shore Sweep, LLA’s signature lake clean-up event that will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Volunteers annually collect nearly 30 tons of trash, debris and Styrofoam from around the lake. In recent years, Shore Sweep has developed into a larger event with the lake divided into segments and volunteers scouting locations that need attention on the day of the event. Executive Director Joanna Cloud announced that she is seeking boat captain volunteers as well as people to help with planning for the event, which is typically held on the last Saturday each September. Rooks also reported on the progress of the Water Control Manual, which is being managed
by the Corps of Engineers. The lake continues to operate under the manual that was written in 1958; the draft plan for a revised manual in 1989 was the catalyst for the Tri-state Water Negotiations and the beginning of the decades-long litigation. Steps include the creation of a draft environmental impact statement, a framework for public comments and the release of the final environmental statement, which is expected sometime in 2016. The topic of raising the lake’s full-pool level from 1071 to 1073 was also addressed. In addition to raising the full-pool level by two feet to increase the storage capacity of Lanier, the association is advocating that the currently-required minimum flow of 5,000 cubic feet per second be eliminated. The association is active with various safe lake initiatives, many that were developed because of the tragedies that occurred on See LLA, page 43
analyze your approach and put everything together in a logical manner. Plan your fishing and fish with a plan. Until next month, be safe and enjoy the lake!
Tommy Wilkinson is a veteran of the fishing industry and resides in Jefferson, GA.
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LAKE LANIER OLYMPIC VENUE Hall’s proposed budget includes LLOV funding By Jane Harrison Funding for improvements to the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue remained on the Hall County’s 2014 fiscal year budget prior to a commission vote on the budget June 27. The proposed budget included $150,000 for the venue at Clarks Bridge Park, matching the amount approved by the Gainesville City Council in May No one commented on the proposed funding at an open house hosted by Commissioner Scott Gibbs in North Hall about two weeks before the budget vote. Gibbs represents District 3, where LLOV is located. About 25 people attended the meeting during which Gibbs and representatives from county departments discussed the proposed budget and answered questions. There was no mention of the proposed LLOV allotment at the June 13 public hearing held by the board of commissioners. The city is on board for providing $150,000, regardless of how the commission votes. County Commission Chairman Dick Mecum has expressed his support of the proposed funding. County approval would provide a combined total of $300,000 for fiscal year 2014. Funds would be forwarded to Gainesville-Hall ’96, the non-profit organization that originally worked to bring the Olympics to
Lake Lanier. The non-profit’s new board, to be elected from nominees this month, would decide how to use the money. The reorganized Gainesville-Hall ’96 board will consist of members from the Lake Lanier Rowing Club, Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club, Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce, Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gainesville City Council and Hall County Commission, plus seven at large members chosen by the board. Steve Gilliam, co-founder of the organization, expected the board to initiate steps toward hiring a venue manager who would oversee facility maintenance, recruit regattas and other events, seek grant money, and spearhead fund-raising projects. The board would also make decisions about facility improvements, such as replacing worn out docks, upgrading restrooms, and enhancing climate control in the boathouse. The venue was the site of 1996 Olympic rowing and canoe/kayak competition and is one of the only Atlanta 1996 Olympic sites still used for its original sports. The rowing and paddling clubs on Lake Lanier have kept the Olympic flame alight, offering lessons, training athletes and hosting or contracting the facility for regattas.
Paddles galore at Olympic Venue By Jane Harrison Paddlers on dragon boats, stand up boards, recreational canoes, and kayaks cut the water in the June 22 SUP Sidney and LCKC Paddlethon at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. The paddle fest brought dozens of people out to the lake on a sparkling summer day to race, practice and try paddling for the first time. The extravaganza included the third in a series of Stand Up Paddle competitions for beginning to elite athletes on the human powered boards known as freshwater surf boards, with a paddle. The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club joined forces with Dawsonville outfitter The Outside World to host the 3and 6-mile races. SUP is also on the summer lineup of weekend activities at the venue, along with kayak, canoe and dragon boat rentals.
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Visitors at LLOV on June 22 enjoyed SUP races, lessons, paddlethon fundraiser and free "try it" sessions.
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Lake Lanier Rowing Club Contact: John Ferriss Phone: 770-287-0077 Email: LLRC@mindspring.com Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Website: www.LakeLanierRowing.org Club offerings: Recreational and competitive rowing for ages 13 to 80+. Beginner to elite offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and camps hosting of local, regional, national and international rowing regattas. Calendar of events: Sept. 7 - Learn to Row Class 3 Begins
Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club Contact: Office Administrator Brenda Miller, LCKC President Kevin Seitz Phone: 770-287-7888 Fax: 770-287-3444 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.lckc.org Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Club offerings: Recreational and competitive canoe and kayaking for ages 12 and up. Beginner to masters programs offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and summer camps. Also hosts local, regional, national and international competitions. Calendar of events: Weekends through Sept - Canoe, Kayak, SUP Rentals Thru July 19 - Summer Day Camp July 19 - Moonlight Paddle July 20 - Summer Sprints July 23 - Adult Learn to Kayak Class 3 Begins July 29 - Adult Learn to Kayak Class 4 Begins Venue seats about 2,000 with parking capacity of about 400 cars. The boathouse and tower are available to rent for meetings and special occasions.
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Stand Up Paddle boards, kayaks, dragon boats and more paddle craft ruled the water at the LLOV June 22.
As the SUP races wound down, many families took advantage of a free opportunity to hop in a boat and paddle around the Olympic course. LCKC member Kevin Seitz and other club volunteers provided a quick lesson, helped them into life jackets, and set them out on the lake. For many, it was their first outing on Lanier under their own strength. First-timers got to see LCKC athletes in action as club members racked up kilometers in a fundraiser to purchase more boats. In addition, a class of Adult Learn to Kayak students practiced their strokes and a crews of dragon boaters tried paddling the long boats in unison.
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Average May - June elevations among historic highs on Lanier By Jane Harrison Lake Lanier’s average level in May was the highest on record for that month and the average elevation of Lanier’s waters in June was shaping up to be among the top six ever recorded for the first month of summer. Levels recorded in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buford Dam elevation data base show the average pool at Buford Dam for May was 1072.77 feet above sea level, beating the previous May highs of 1072.42 in 1983 and 1972.40 in 2003. As of June 18, Lanier had measured above 1072 each day. If the trend continued, last month would be one of the highest average Junes on record, the others occurring in 2003, 1997, 1983, 1976 and 1963. Each presented an average higher than 1072. Abundant rainfall this spring and early summer boosted the lake to historic highs after several years of low levels. Beset by drought in 2008 and lower than normal rainfall for nearly a decade, the lake has rarely reached a monthly average at full pool since 2003. Full pool is 1071 at Buford Dam, a measure set by the Corps, the federal agency
which built and manages the 39,039-acre reservoir. A review of elevation data since the lake first reached full pool in 1958 shows that high times on Lanier in May and June do not rival the spring swells of 1964, 1980, and 1977. Those years rocked with Aprils that had Lanier lapping over roads, secluding businesses, and threatening communities, according to newspaper archives. Torrents that soaked Lanierland also bore down on the river system below it. Due to the swollen Chattahoochee River through metro Atlanta and rising Flint River in southwest Georgia, the Corps closed or greatly moderated flow from Buford Dam. Ironically, the agency which in recent times has undergone scorn for letting go of water during periods of low rainfall took criticism for not releasing water before the lake invaded shoreline inhabitants. Highest Recorded Level: 1077.14, April 1964 At age 6, the young lake still had not achieved full acceptance of those whose farmlands it covered and rural communities it severed. When it raged onto shore
after heavy rains in April, it threatened their livelihood. On April 10, 1964, Lanier grew up to its highest level ever at 1077.14 feet. Fed by mountain run-off rushing in from bloated northern headwaters, Lanier measured 1077 or above for five days during an April that drenched Gainesville with a record 14.04 inches of rain (normal was 4.09 inches). April slogged in after a March with 12.40 inches of precipitation. The engorged lake submerged U.S. 23, blocking what was then a major artery between Hall County and Atlanta prior to the construc-
tion of I-985. Service stations and stores along the corridor lost thousands of dollars in trade, merchandise was damaged, and a Flowery Branch doctor sent prescriptions by boat, according to archives of Gainesville newspaper, The Times. Lake water encroached on Gainesville’s Flat Creek sewer plant, briefly necessitating its closure. Water hit within three feet of the city’s water intake pumps, causing worry about flooding the system and leaving the city without water. South of Lanier, homes were evacuated near Atlanta as the
Chattahoochee River rose over its banks. Merchants near West Point at the Alabama border moved their merchandise as the river encroached on their stores. Gates at Buford Dam were shut off due to inundation around Atlanta, Columbus, West Point and other areas. That April finished off with the highest monthly average recorded on Lake Lanier: 1075.51. Second highest monthly average: 1074.29, April 1980 The scenario developed similarly to the spring of 1964: a wet April sloshed in after a record See Elevations, page 51
Climate, operations combine for high water levels By Jane Harrison It is no coincidence that Lake Lanier’s highest elevation levels have been recorded in April. In early spring, when the trees are still bare and rainfall generally more plentiful than other months, runoff from mountain tributaries and 692-miles of shore rush into the north Georgia lake. And, at the cusp of recreation season on the lake, operations at Buford Dam generally gear toward providing lake-goers with what they want: a full lake, when possible.
Spring weather patterns and dam operations have contributed to the highest levels recorded on Lanier. Persistent precipitation and significant rain events in March and April 1964, 1977, and 1980 took Lanier to its highest points since it grew to full pool in 1958. This year, with rainfall measuring more than 7 inches above the 30-year average for Dec.-May, Lanier rose to its highest May on record and remained at least a foot above full pool through June 19.
Todd Hamill, climatologist/hydrologist with the Southeast River Forecast Center, and James Hathorn, Jr. Chief, Water Management Section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District explained how climate and operations combine to give Lanier high marks, especially in early spring. According to Hamill, March is generally the wettest month, except during some years between 2000-2012, when winter and See Climate, page 54
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Lakewood 400 Antiques Market celebrates 10 years By Pamela A. Keene With more than 500 dealers, the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market celebrated its 10th anniversary in the middle of June. Spun off from the long-standing Lakewood Antiques Market on the south side of Atlanta, the 75,000-square-foot air-conditioned facility on Atlanta Highway in Cumming draws dealers from around the country on the third weekend of every month. They’re selling decorative arts, collectibles, antiques, sports memorabilia and more. Several dealers specialize in nautical items, from hand-made lamps created from vintage gear to ships’ wheels and one-of-akind objects perfect for decorating lake homes. There’s even a painter that can create custom signs made to order. “We’re not an antique market, per se, because we offer to much more than that,” said co-owner Barbara Spivia, who with her husband Ed opened the market at its current location in 2003. “Our dealers travel the show circuit and it’s incredible what they bring in each month. You never know what you’ll find here and people keep returning because they’re confident of our quality and selection.” Spivia said that customers come from across the Southeast, many staying in the market’s partner hotel, Hilton Garden Inn. There’s a $49, plus tax, per night special for people shopping at Lakewood 400.
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From the fascinating to the remarkable, Lake Lanier harbors many personalities and places along its shores. Lakeside presents “Shore Lines” – stories about people who live, work and play around the lake and the places that make the area special. By Pamela A. Keene he coaches were prepped and ready for the young aspiring sailing students as University Yacht Club conducted two one-week sailing camps in June. More than half of the youngsters had attended previous years’ camps, but it was still fun and educational for the nearly 45 kids who turned out for this year’s sessions. “It was amazing to see the enthusiasm of these kids and how they just took to the water,” said coach Chris Jackson, who grew up sailing at Lake Lanier Sailing Club. “You could really see how they progressed from just learning about the boats to being able to sail them by themselves on the last day.” The camp was organized by Susan Reddaway and Rick Smith, both avid and accomplished sailors. It is sponsored by the University Yacht Club Maritime Foundation and the University Yacht Club. With a staff of eight certified coaches – for a ratio of one coach for every two to three sailors– the camp immerses students in everything about sailing and boating. On the first day, they take a swim test, practice capsizing/safety drills and learn about the parts of the sailboat. Throughout the week, they add more information about the sport and the mechanics of sailing. “These kids were so anxious to get on the water, so we combine their ground school each day with on-the-water drills and special activities, like the greased watermelon contest and fun with water balloons,” Reddaway said. “Because of the huge age range –
from age 6 to 14 – it’s important to make sure that we’re teaching to all levels of skill and experience, as well as keeping their attention. It’s a challenge, but it’s very rewarding to see how each one of them grows over the week.” Each week, the sailing weeks started on Sunday afternoon then continued with sessions starting at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Friday is parents’ day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., when the kids can demonstrate what they’ve learned. The daily schedules are flexible, depending on the weather conditions, but time is split between shore-learning and time on the water in boats. “We have to be adaptable,” Reddaway said. “For instance, it was a windier day than expected on a day we had planned to do more on-the-water drills, so we switched it up and took the kids out on the larger auxiliary sailboats with adult captains and let them see what it’s like to sail a big boat. The next day was clear with a light breeze, which made it perfect for our safety and sailing drills.” In addition, all coaches are at various colleges around the Southeast or are still in high school. Guest speakers come to the sailing week and scheduled boating programs to share their knowledge and a favorite is John Martin, dubbed “Dr. Knots,” an avid sailor on Lake Lanier, teaches basic sailing knots. Linda Merkle, a Lake Lanier sailor who now serves on the board of the sport’s International IFDS organization, US Sailing, and advocates for disabled sailors, told the
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This year's UYC Juniors Sailing Camp featured instruction on Lasers, Sunfish and Holders in addition to the fleet of Optis sailed by the younger campers.
young sailors about the many ways that sailing opens doors to lifelong adventures and learning and weather safety. The purpose of the UYC Boating Program, now in its third year, goes way beyond teaching the kids how to sail. “It’s also about team work, sportsmanship and being responsible,” Smith said. “We tell the kids that they’re responsible to take care of the boats, from rigging to putting them away at the end of the day. And if someone finishes early, they’re expected to help other sailors until all the boats are stowed. Most of them already know about being responsible, but it never hurts to reinforce these practices.” In the smaller Optis, the younger kids are paired up early in the week. By the end of the week, they’ve gained the confidence to sail by themselves from the beach at University Yacht Club out to “Turtle Island” at the edge of Big Creek. “We give them a measurable goal and then encourage them to reach that goal at their own pace,” Reddaway said. “By the end of the week, they’re all confidently sailing to Turtle Island on their own.” Coaches fill dual roles of teaching classroom principles – points of sail, safety, rules of the road – and coaching on the water, using Zodiacs and small boats PHOTO COURTESY UYC with outboards. The idea is to get Youngsters Connor McIlhinney and Jackson Hutton learned about team- the youngsters comfortable in the sailboats on the water. work (right).
“We really work with the kids to help them enjoy coming to the lake first, then how to have fun learning a new sport,” said Jenna De Blasio, a returning coach. “That’s right,” said coach Chris Jackson, who has been a sailboat racer from an early age. “It’s not about racing at the UYC Junior Sailing Week; it’s more about learning to like the activity of sailing and all that it has to offer. If they decide they want to race as they get older, that’s OK, but right now we want them to do the best they can and have a good time.” The summer sailing weeks are the focal point of the UYC Junior Program, but the organization’s UYC Maritime Foundation sponsors programs all year long for young people, with UYC hosting these events. In the summer,
there’s the Sunscreen Series, almost every Sunday featuring sailing and classroom learning. During the cooler months on the third Sunday of each month, youngsters learn about boating safety, take rides on larger cruisers and sailboats, and experience various shore activities, including learning more knots and even watching movies about sailing. “This is one of the most popular activities we host at University Yacht Club,” Smith said. “Every year, the boating activities fill up almost as soon as the dates are announced. It’s been a labor of love and a fine example of everyone working together to make these weeks successful. And the key is that we’re introducing youngsters to this wonderful sport. You couldn’t ask for anything more than that.”
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year, as Lanier gained 16 feet from December to May. Third Highest Monthly Average: 1074.23, April 1977 Boat docks, recreation areas, portions of the Lake Lanier Islands golf course, and a Dawson County road went under the lake as Buford Dam held back a flow that would have flooded Atlanta and more than 25,000 acres downstream, the Corps reported in April 1977. Despite the Corps’ restraint of flow from Lanier, high water on the Chattahoochee flooded homes in Cobb County. Lake elevation ranged from 1076.20 on April 5 to 1071.73 as the month ended. Level remained at full pool through June, but had dipped to an average of 1066.92 in August. Other high points recorded The May 2013 average level was the seventh highest monthly average recorded on Lanier. Corps data reveal that the lake reached other high monthly averages in April 1979, ranking 4th at 1073.82; April 1976, 1073.58, 5th; and March 1990, 1072.87, 6th.
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Corps to review cooperative management proposal for Lanier parks By Jane Harrison A proposal seeking public-private cooperation to keep Lake Lanier recreation sites open is under review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers legal department. Lanier Operations Manager Tim Rainey said that without additional funds, it is doubtful the Corps can continue to keep all its Lanier parks open. The Corps operates 34 day use parks and seven campgrounds on the lake visited by an estimated 7.5 million people annually. The proposal, announced by Rainey at last month’s Lake Lanier Association annual meeting, would allow for cooperative management partnerships between the federal agency and private non-profit entities. Rainey said the idea is “in a holding pattern” while Corps legal officers in Washington, D.C. review it. He did not know how long the review would take. “I need this done by next year,” Rainey said. “We’re not going to have much money to operate.” He expected the Corps recreation budget will be flatlined next fiscal year. The cutback has him looking at “what we can afford to operate and what we
cannot” and evaluating new methods to keep parks open. Under the proposal, the Corps would share management of parks with a non-profit agency that would collect fees for basic operating costs and reinvest additional monies collected into the sites. Corps rangers would still patrol and maintain the parks; the private sector agency would manage basic operations, including marketing and advertising. The non-profit might also offer amenities, such as selling firewood and ice at campgrounds, that might enhance the recreational experience, generate more funds, and lure more tourists to
Lanier parks. Rainey said he envisions a partnership similar to that between the Cradle of Forestry in America, a non-profit forest conservation group, and the U.S. Forest Service at Brasstown Bald. The non-profit organization operates a Visitor’s Center with a gift shop and a shuttle service from the parking lot to the viewing platform of Georgia’s highest peak. The proposed partnership would not affect the 14 parks that the Corps leases to cities and counties around Lake Lanier, such as Laurel Park and River PHOTO BY JANE HARRISON Forks Park in Hall County and Some Lake Lanier parks may be open on a limited schedule. War Hill Park in Dawson County.
Florida company to manage Georgia lodge parks By Jane Harrison New menus and stylish interiors may greet visitors to Unicoi and Amicalola Falls state parks this summer. The two parks in the Georgia mountains are among five state lodge parks contracted for private management beginning July 1. Coral Hospitality, based in Naples, Fl., has been in charge of the Unicoi lodge in Helen since November. The state handed over
operation of Amicalola Lodge, between Dahlonega and Dawsonville, in December. This month, the parks were to be wholly managed by the private hospitality company whose clients include Miami-area resorts, golf clubs and other Georgia properties. The move to private management evolved as Georgia State Parks officials sought to keep the taxpayer-funded playgrounds
open in the midst of state budget cuts. Georgia State Parks Director Becky Kelley sees the partnership as a more efficient way to do business in the competitive tourism industry. “There are some things we do great,” she said of the state parks department, “but there are sometimes savings we can realize.” She added that a private company more adept at responding to customer desires is better able to
offer discerning travelers the amenities, accommodations and food they seek. Coral Hospitality Corporate Executive Officer Lee R. Weeks said the company plans to increase revenue and decrease expenditures while improving hospitality services. “The parks department is good at running parks, but it doesn’t know much about managing lodges,” he said. See Parks, page 53
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LAKESIDE 53 ISI Cycling, Gainesville. Group road cycling for all speeds and levels in North Hall area, mountain biking at Chicopee Woods, see www.isicycling.com. First Friday, Gainesville. Live music performances on the downtown square; patrons can purchase alcoholic beverages and wristbands from local restaurants and stroll designated downtown area, beverage in hand, 5-10 p.m. July 5, Aug. 9, Sept. 6. Free. www.gainesville.org. Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. Farmers sell locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, 6 a.m.-sellout Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Jesse Jewell/East Crescent Dr. (770) 531-6900. Farmers Market, Gainesville. Farmers market features locally grown produce, cooking demonstrations, 2:30-sellout or 6:30 p.m., Fridays through Sept., Downtown Gainesville Square. www.gainesville.org. Dahlonega Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon Tues. & Sat. through Oct. 12, Hancock Park, Downtown Dahlonega. www.dahlonega.org. Appalachian Jam, Dahlonega. Acoustic mountain music pickers and singers perform 25 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 12, Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, Downtown Dahlonega. www.dahlonega.org. First Friday Concert, Dahlonega. The Remember When Band performs at 6:30 p.m. July 5, Hancock Square, Downtown Dahlonega. www.dahlonegadda.org. Tuesday Night Cycling Races, Dawsonville. Bicycle races each Tuesday night through Sept. 24, various start times 5-6:45 p.m., Atlanta Motorsports Park, 20 Duck Thurmond Rd. www.ampcyclingseries.com, www.usacycling.org. Holiday Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. Strenuous trek, including 531 stairs, river crossing, boulder climbing and rock jumping to swim near Bridal Veil Falls, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 6, 7, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking. www.gastateparks.org, (706) 7547981. Rabun Ramble 5K/10K, Lake Rabun. 7:30 a.m. July 6, Hall’s Boathouse Pavilion, Lake Rabun Rd. $30. www.active.com, www.rabunramble.com, (706) 782-7043. July Movie Under the Stars, Dahlonega. View The Croods at Hancock Park, just off Historic Downtown Square. Family activities begin at 6 p.m. July 12. Free. www.dahlonega.org, (706) 864-3513. Trail Crew Work Day, Gainesville. Bring water, lunch and gloves for trail maintenance work, tools provided, ages 18 and older, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2123 Elachee Dr. Call to register. www.elachee.org, (770) 535-1976. Dingo Days of Summer Cycle Races, Flowery Branch/Oakwood. Cycling categories junior to pro, various start times, registration costs. Criterium July 13, Downtown Flowery Branch; Circuit Race July 14, Downtown Oakwood. www.feedyourdingo.com, www.usacycling.org. Friday Night Concert, Dahlonega. Kurt Thomas performs at 6:30 p.m. July 19 at Hancock Square, Downtown Dahlonega. www.dahlonegadda.org. July Movie in the Park, Dawsonville. June Movie in the Park, Dawsonville. Outdoor viewing of Trouble with the Curve, activities/concessions begin at 8 p.m., movie at dusk July 19, War Hill Park, 4081 War Hill Park Rd. Free. www.dawsoncounty.org, 706-344-3646. Dirty Spokes Sawnee Mountain 4-Mile Trail Run, Cumming. 8:30 a.m. July 20, Sawnee Mountain Preserve, 407 Spot Rd. $30 by July12, $35 July 13-18, $40 race day. www.dirtyspokes.com.
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Continued from page 52 The company plans to survey park-goers to find out what they want prior to revising what’s already in place. “We’re not going in to try to make a lot of changes. We plan to increase hospitality services and marketing and grow the customer base through marketing initiatives,” Weeks said. He added visitors this summer may notice few changes. Guests can still make reservations through the Georgia State Parks website. The parking fee will remain $5 daily. Menus will have more options. The parks will no longer be patrolled by state employed rangers/resource managers, but will be manned by Coral-employed security personnel. In addition, some familiar faces at visitor’s centers and restaurants may be gone as parks employees opt to take other state-offered jobs or seek other employment. A visitor’s center worker at Amicalola said he was among a few employees leaving “for other venues, other ventures.” Coral CEO Weeks said that about 98 percent of parks employees were invited to stay on, but some were leaving to continue their state benefits. He added Coral expected to retain about 80 percent of former employees. The Florida company is no high country newcomer. Coral got its first breath of mountain air at Brasstown Valley Resort, in Young Harris, which it has operated since 2005. Its management there has helped increase revenue and improved amenities and services, according to Bill Donahue, executive director of the North Georgia Mountains Authority. The authority functions as a liaison between the state and the private contractor. In addition to lodge parks in north
Unicoi State Park will be under private management after July 1.
Georgia, Coral also contracted to manage George T. Bagby in Fort Gaines, Little Ocmulgee in Helena, and Georgia Veterans, in Cordele, where it has operated the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club since 2003. Donahue reported the private company will supervise renovations scheduled to begin late this fall or early winter at Unicoi and Amicalola lodges. He said the state scrapped its previous plan to spend $10 million at Unicoi and decided instead to split the funds, derived from bond sales approved by legislators, between the two parks. He expected Coral to update rooms, meeting spaces, and cabins with fabrics, colors and designs aimed toward tourist-appeal.
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Continued from Page 17 early spring were drier than normal. During March, large scale storm systems pour down rain on North Georgia. Due to cool temperatures, there is not much evaporation from the soil. Nor is there evaporation or demand for water from leaves, which have not yet emerged. “The ground stays wet and ripe for run-off,” he said. The lake gets fed. As run-off spills down from the mountains, via Chattahoochee and Chestatee rivers and other inlets, Lanier gets more water. Late March runoff in the headwaters may not reach Lanier until April. In 1964, extraordinary rain amounts both months took Lanier to its highest level ever. This year a wet April, May and early June resulted in inflows higher than expected, Hamill said. April and May deluges came to a Lanier already at full pool as the Corps adjusted releases for the summer recreation season. Plentiful rainfall downstream decreased demands on the northern reservoir.
Hathorn, Corps hydrologist, said that downstream reservoirs, West Point and Walter F. George, were also full in May. Abundant rain allowed retention in Lanier. “Mother Nature played the biggest part. Operationally, we benefited,” he said. High levels on Lanier require a balancing act to prevent flooding downstream. The dam that stores much of Georgia’s water supply also holds back the flow that could devastate Atlanta and points southwest. Flood control was one of the original purposes the federal government built Buford Dam. Hathorn said the Corps likes to evacuate water as quickly as possible when Lanier reaches above full pool, but the flow from Buford Dam must be gradual to avoid overflows along the Chattahoochee, Atlanta and other reservoirs. He added that there is no gated spillway to swiftly evacuate water from Buford Dam. Lanier “has a huge volume of space for storing flood water,” he said. Buford
Dam can temporarily restrain Lanier at an elevation of 1085 feet. That’s the top of the project, he said. If the lake rose that high, an automatic emergency spillway system would pour water out of the dam. Hathorn said the Corps attempts to ensure that sufficient storage is available in Lanier to accommodate consecutive major rain events. When those do occur, draw downs may need to be curtailed to prevent downstream flooding. Releases were temporarily halted in April 1964. It is absolutely possible for Lanier to top 1964’s record of 1077, Hathorn said. Such a level would submerge parts of facilities, docks, marinas, recreational areas and personal property and escalate shoreline erosion. It would necessitate numerous relocations, depending on how quickly the Corps could evacuate water. That could be a while. It took about seven weeks to lower Lanier back into her banks after she reached her highest in April 49 years ago.
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Georgia Tech brought its "Georgia Summer Tour" to Lake Lanier in June with a reception hosted by President G.P "Bud" Peterson. The fifth annual event was designed to give parents, alumni, and supporters an update of what's happening at the college. The Lake Lanier Islands Resort visit was the final leg of the five-stop statewide tour. Above, Peterson, far right, is shown with (left to right) Dene Sheheane, executive director of Georgia Tech's Office of Government and Community Relations, Mike Giles and Abit Massey both of the Georgia Poultry Federation, and Wilton Rooks, Tech alum and member of the Lake Lanier Association.
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Provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The Corps of Engineers welcomes you to beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier. Located just 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, the lake offers some of the finest camping opportunities in the South. The Corps operates 7 campgrounds at Lake Lanier. Camping enthusiasts may enjoy the luxuries of fully developed areas with water and electrical hookups or “rough it” at designated primitive areas. Most campgrounds have park attendants on duty to assist our visitors. Camping in undesignated areas such as on the lake’s shoreline and islands is prohibited. 99
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Day Use Parks The Corps operates 35 day use parks at Lake Lanier. Facilities range from parks with boat ramps to those with designated swimming areas, picnic tables, shelters and playgrounds. All day use parks close daily at 10 p.m. Boat launching is allowed at all hours unless otherwise posted. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all parks. Picnic Shelters Picnic shelters are available at several Corps’ parks around the lake. They can be reserved for a fee. Call the Lake Lanier Management Office at 770-9459531. Day Use Fees Day use fees are charged at some park areas which have boat ramps or beach areas. Fees (per day): Boat launching $3/$4 Vehicles $3/$4 Pedestrian/bicycle $1 Annual pass $30 Rules, Regulations and More Guidelines are not intended as restraints to the enjoyment of park visitors, but as aids for orderly operation, visitor safety and for the protection of the environment and public property. Complete rules and regulations are posted at the entrances to all campgrounds and copies are available at entry stations. To view annual opening and closing dates and rates for campgrounds and picnic shelters, visit www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civ ilWorks/Recreation/LakeSidneyLanier/ recreation/Schedules
STATE, COUNTY & CITY PARKS 7 SHOAL CREEK 11 BIG CREEK 14 CHESTNUT RIDGE 33 CLARK’S BRIDGE 79 MARY ALICE PARK 86 FLOWERY BRANCH PARK 52 LUMPKIN COUNTY PARK 56 WAR HILL 71 CHARLESTON 74 SHADY GROVE 75 YOUNG DEER 87 LANIER POINT 88 LONGWOOD PARK 89 HOLLY PARK 90 LAUREL PARK 91 RIVER FORKS 96 LAKE LANIER ISLANDS 99 DON CARTER STATE PARK
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Rangers look for signs of impairment when stopping boaters By Jane Harrison A lazy flotilla of watercraft rocked gently on the water at Sunset Cove, where a large commercial paddlewheel boat puttered slowly amidst a sea of pontoons, speed boats, ski craft, jet skis, and almost every kind of floating rig imaginable. A leatherskinned senior couple, beers in hand, bobbed contentedly on water noodles as a party beat played tribute to the first sunny Saturday afternoon in June. A quartet of skimpily clad 20-somethings sat atop a plastic board while a water nymph stroked them through the maze. “Be careful … we’ll follow you in,” said Cpl. Adam Loudermilk to the board crew as one tipped a beer toward the lawman’s boat. Loudermilk, ranger Kevin Goss, and intern Lance Martin surveyed the popular party zone adjacent to the Lake Lanier Islands beach, where they issued warnings for wave runners roughing up the no wake zone and pulled boats over for improper display of registration numbers. Two Hall County Marine Unit officers watched the scene on jet skis. Although coolers and cup holders flaunted beverages that
induce a buzz, the Department of Natural Resources law enforcement agents did not cite imbibers. Neither did Hall County officers. Drinking and boating is legal. The new Georgia statue that changed boating under the influence restrictions did not outlaw the use of alcohol on the state’s waterways. What it did was drop the legal limit from a blood alcohol content of .10 to .08, equalizing the limit for boat pilots and drivers on the road. Open containers, illegal on the road, are prominent on the lake. “We don’t stop ‘em just for that … that’s not against the law,” Loudermilk said. “In half the boats I stop, the guy does have a drink sitting there.” He added that if he sees alcohol aboard or if a boater salutes him, beer in hand, he “observes them” a while. As of late June, only one person charged with drunk boating tested near the new legal limit; the others measured way above. All but one of eight who breathed into intoximeters at the DNR’s Aqualand Marina testing site registered .12 or higher. Boaters who are obviously drunk – for instance cutting in front of other boats, maneuvering erratically, and behaving incoherently when pulled
over – are those that bring the eyes of the law upon them. Many times it’s a minor violation that catches officers’ attention. The officers who cruised Sunset Cove while patrolling Lake Lanier on assignment from Big Creek in Hall County to the Gwinnett County line scanned the water for infractions. Families on pontoons waved and pleasure boaters signaled salutations as the new 21-plus foot Edgewater bearing DNR’s official seal motored by. The officers waved back. When boat pilot Loudermilk, a 10-year DNR veteran on Lanier, or lookouts Goss and Martin spotted something amiss, the captain flipped on the blue lights and pointed at the driver to stop. Cordial introductions followed: “Hi, I’m Kevin Goss and this is Adam Loudermilk. The reason we stopped you today … .” Boaters politely complied with rangers’ requests. The pilot of a massive houseboat lacking identification numbers docked the vessel so skillfully that the rangers remarked he obviously was not tipsy from drink. When Loudermilk smelled alcohol on a passenger among a boatload of couples, he focused on the driver, who like
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Cpl. Adam Loudermile steadies a PWC as conservation ranger Kevin Goss explains to the operator why they pulled him over.
many others, did not have the proper numbers posted on the boat’s hull. The man’s steady eye, coherent speech and ready show of documents and safety equipment vanquished suspicion of drunkenness. “We have a designated driver,” the passenger boasted. The lawmen’s’ senses keened when they observed beers in cup holders on a young family’s boat after it roiled the water in a no-wake zone. Again, the driver appeared sober. At about 6 p.m., approximately halfway through their 8-10
hour shift, they had pulled over about a dozen boats, including numerous personal watercraft operators making waves in no wake zones. Officers regarded the drivers as sober. The weekend passed with numerous warnings for minor violations, but no BUIs. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of drinking on Lake Lanier. On a playground where alcohol and water mix regularly and legally, it’s only those who call attention to themselves – or crash –who get arrested.
Highway, waterway cultures differ when it comes to alcohol use By Jane Harrison The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety introduced Georgia’s new boating under the influence law in May with a snappy two phrase slogan: “Boat or car .08 is the law. Where the rudder meets the road.” It’s technically correct. The law pushed by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Lake Lanier Legislative Caucus equalized the legal blood alcohol content limit at .08 for drivers and boaters. But, the rudder doesn’t exactly meet the road when the bottle pops open on the lake. Alcohol flows legally in boat cabins where open containers are allowed and skippers can drive, beer in hand. Repetitive arrests for BUI cannot result in a felony. And drunk boaters can generally get off with lesser penalties than drunk drivers. Plus, there’s no such thing as public drunkenness charges on the water. Different rules and enforcement techniques apply to boating, an outdoor recreational activity whose enthusiasts revel in relative freedom. In separate interviews, two local law officials explained
some of the procedures, rules and philosophy pertaining to boating and drinking. Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard’s office prosecutes boating violations on Lake Lanier. DepartWoodard ment of Natural Resources Sgt. Mike Burgamy oversees DNR enforcement on the lake. Following are edited, paraphrased excerpts from interviews with each: Q: What alerts an enforcement officer to a potential drunk boater? Burgamy: They might cut in front of another boat or move erratically. When an officer stops a person, he looks for signs of impairment from the be- Burgamy ginning: slurred speech, glassy bloodshot eyes, clothing in disarray. Woodard: The average BAC for drunk boaters arrested by
DNR is .14. To draw a ranger’s attention, boaters generally exhibit much more erratic behavior from a much higher level of intoxication. But officers do not have to witness a violation to do safety checks, license and equipment checks. I anticipate we will see a drop in the BAC average. Q. What happens during a stop when the officer sees signs of BUI? Burgamy: The screening phase, an interview and field sobriety test. (According to the screening interview form filled out by law enforcement, the officer asks basic identification and health-related questions, checks the subject’s vision tracking and coordination, and asks him or her to recite the alphabet and count to 20 forward and backward. In addition, the subject will be asked to blow into a portable alco-sensor to get a preliminary BAC reading, which is not the official level accepted in court.) Q. What happens when a subject does not pass the screening phase? Burgamy: Officers make an arrest and read the Implied Con-
sent Warning verbatim (informing the subject that if they refuse official state administered tests, their boating privileges will be suspended for a year and their refusal may be used as evidence at trial). Q: What happens to the person’s boat? Burgamy: Officers determine if there is someone sober on board to drive it. If not, one of our rangers might drive it to one of DNR’s facilities. Or we might call Towboat/US. Q. Where is the state administered test performed? Burgamy: Officers determine if they will perform a breath, blood or urine screening or combination. Breathalyzer tests are done at the DNR’s Aqualand Marina facility. Subjects are transferred to a medical facility for blood and/or urine screening if the officer suspects drug use. Q: What happens if the test registers .08 or higher? Woodard: They go to jail. Most people bond out in five hours or so. To get home, they have to call somebody. Q: Does a boat have to be
moving for a person to get a BUI? Woodard: Officers either have to prove moving or have circumstantial evidence of it. If DNR has been patrolling a cove, left for 10 minutes and came back, there’s one person there, the engine’s warm, there’s circumstantial evidence they drove there. It gets more complex if there are multiple people aboard. They’re looking at who owns the boat, who has the keys, and other evidence. They don’t have to see it move at the time of infraction. Q: Can a person age 21 or older be arrested if their BAC registers less than .08? Woodard: It depends on the circumstances. If they test at .06 and it took them an hour to get to the test site, yes, because their body metabolizes alcohol basically at .02 an hour. Persons can also be charged with BUI less safe … let’s say a 21 year old who has never drank consumes a drink and a half. If she manifests a less safe ability to control a vessel, she can still be arrested and convicted for BUI with a BAC of less than .08. It is not a magic or See Patrol, page 67
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Lake Lanier Marinas Info AQUALAND MARINA Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-967-6811 Website: www.aqualandmarina.com Location: 6800 Lights Ferry Rd., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Houseboats, covered cruisers, & all types of open slips plus covered & open dry slips, totaling 1,725 wet docks and 460 dry docks Store: Yes Store/Dock hours: Dock open 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun.Thurs.; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri./Sat. Types of fuel: Non-ethanol, 90 octane Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $4.99 On-site eatery: Dockside Grill Take-out menu: Sandwiches Restaurant description: Casual Menu: Famous “Docker Burger,” sandwiches, salads & seafood grilled & fried. Phone: 770-363-2318 Security: 24/7, gated Additional amenities: Self service work yard with deep draft well & marine travel lift, houseboat launching ramp, pump-out station, bathhouses with showers, laundry facilities, wet slips with private gated parking. Sales of new boats by Coast to Coast Yacht Sales, brokerage services by Marine Max, rental boats & cabins by Lanier Aqua Rentals. AQUAMARINA LAZY DAYS Hours of operation: : Office/Dock, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat./Sun. Phone: 770-945-1991 Website: www.lazydaysmarina.com Location: 6700 Holiday Rd, Buford Types of slips available: Wet docks for 75-150 foot covered & 100-foot open slips; 554 dry stack; New 125' x 24' & 150 x 26' HB slips now available. Types of fuel: 90 Non-ethonol and ValvTect diesel marine fuel Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $4.99 premium; $4.39 diesel Security: Holiday Marina security patrols marina Full Maintenance, Repair and Service: Marine Max, 770-614-6968 Additional amenities: Free pump/porti-potti station for members. Wet slips: private gated access, golf cart valet service, free dockside pumpout. New gas dock easy access for houseboats. New courtesy docks for dry stack customers. Boat sales: Marine Max. BALD RIDGE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., marina has 24/7 access. Phone: 770-887-5309 Website: www.baldridgemarina.com Location: 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Cumming Types of slips available: Covered & uncovered. Store: Sandwich shop; some boating supplies Store hours: Seasonal Types of fuel: 90 Non-ethanol; diesel Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $4.99; $4.59 diesel (Dock open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.) On-site eatery: Dockside Sandwich Company Eatery hours: 11-6 M-F and 10-6 Sat/Sun - Seasonal Menu: Grilled & cold sandwiches, snack foods, drinks Restaurant description: Casual Phone: 770-889-5177 Security: 24/7 security, gated
Additional amenities: Full-service department, parts department, boat body work, yacht repair & Marine Max Stovall sales dock. Boating supplies/commissary/dry goods/retail clothing items. GAINESVILLE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-536-2171 Website: www.gainesvillemarina.com Location: 2145 Dawsonville Hwy., Gainesville Types of slips available: 600 slips, dry stack covered up to 25', wet covered & uncovered up to 80'. Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $4.89 (Dock open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 7 days a week; Pay-at-the-Pump, 9 a.m.- ‘til 30 minutes before dusk, 7 days a week) On-site eatery: Skogies Menu: Barbecue, seafood and American fare. Phone: 678-450-1310 Security: 7 days a week Additional amenities: Parts department, land service shop, recreational room, bath house, pumpout station. Sales of new, used and brokerage boats. Bennington Pontoon Boats, Four Winns Deck/Sport Boats and Yamaha Outboards. HABERSHAM MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat./Sun. Phone: 770-887-5432 Website: www.habershammarina.com Location: 2200 Habersham Marina Rd., Cumming Types of slips available: 650 slips for dry storage up to 27’ Store: Yes Types of fuel: 90 Recreational fuel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $ 4.68 (Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat./Sun.) Security: Yes Additional amenities: Repair services, detailing and bottom cleaning. Also bathroom and shower facilities are available. HIDEAWAY BAY MARINA Hours of operation: Office: 8:30 a.m5:30 p.m., 7 days; Marina: 24/7 Phone: 770-967-5500 Website: www.hideawaybaymarina.com Location: 6334 Mitchell St., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Wet (510) Dry (150) Showroom: Atlanta Marine Store/Gas Dock hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7 days a week Types of Fuel: 90 octane, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $4.58 On-site eatery: Fish Tales Security: 24/7 manned security Additional amenities: Restaurant-Seasonal, complete boat/motor repair, new bathhouse w/ locked showers and AC, laundry, pump out, trailer storage. HOLIDAY MARINA Hours of operation:Office/Store/Dock, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri./Sat./Sun. Phone: 770-945-7201 Website: www.holidaylakelanier.com Location: 6900 Holiday Rd., Buford Types of slips available: 22-100' Uncovered including 80,
90, and 100' Breakwater Slips; 26-85' Covered Slips totalling 1238 Slips Store: Yes; Convenience items and basic boating supplies. Types of fuel: Premium, unleaded & diesel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13): $4.99 premium; $4.99 unleaded; $4.49 diesel (5 percent discount with Westrec advantage membership) On-site eatery: Castaways Seafood Bar & Grill Menu: Fish, chicken and burger baskets Phone: 678 765-0424 Security: 24/7 Additional amenities: Boat rentals, repair service, pumpout station, boat sales, TowBoat US LANIER HARBOR MARINA Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days; Gas dock: 24 hours. Phone: 770-945-2884 Website: www.lanierharbor.com Location: 2066 Pinetree Dr., Buford Types of slips available: 40’x16’ & 50’x18’, with power, water, satellite hook-up Store: Yes Store hours: 24/7 gas dock & store Types of fuel: 89 octane, 93 octane Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $4.89 mid-grade, $4.99 premium, with 10 cents off a gallon, both mid-grade and premium, for Boat US members. Security: 24/7 Additional amenities: 24/7 towing service PORT ROYALE MARINA Hours of operation: Store/Dock hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon.-Thur.; 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.; 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat./Sun. Phone: 770-887-5715 Website: www.bestinboating.com/port_royale Location: 9200 Lan Mar Rd., Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncovered, 20' to 80'; covered, 24' to 80' totaling 514 slips & dry stack storage (470) for up to 39'. Store: Service Store & Ship Store Types of fuel: 90-octane Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $4.74 On-site eatery: Pelican Pete's Bar and Grill Security: Night security Additional amenities: Climate controlled bath house with showers, 24/7 self-service pump out, rental boats, Courtesy dock for dry stack, two ship stores, full-service center, largest floating gas dock in Ga., 16 gas pumps. SUNRISE COVE MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store/Dock, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. Phone: 770-536-8599 Website: www.sunrisecovermarina.com Location: 5725 Flat Creek Rd., Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncovered-20-70'; Covered24-50'; to include an exclusive 44' Sailboat Breakwater Dock. Total Wet Slips 688 and nine (9) Dry Storage Spaces (boats on trailer). Store: Yes Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 6/26/13) $4.95 with 5 percent off with Westrec Advantage Membership Security: 24/7 Additional amenities: Club House, bath house, laundry facility and pump-out open 24/7.
Lakeside’s Dining Guide Lakeview Dining Big Creek Tavern – Lunch, dinner and breakfast at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays. Open year around. Featuring the “Best” Angus Beef, a step up from old-fashioned American food. Billiards, video games, beer, wine, liquor. Buford. B-3, 678-482-1662. Bullfrogs Bar & Grille – Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Dine poolside or indoors. Selections include salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts and a variety of drink options from full-service bar. Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. Castaways – Holiday Marina. Offering fish, chicken and burger baskets; hand-cut potato chips with special toppings; casual dining. Full bar service, tropical and frozen drinks. Call for hours. C-3 678 765-0424. Seasonal. Dockside Grill Café – Offering full lake views of Lanier in a casual outdoor café setting. Featuring the famous Docker burger, sandwiches including grouper, tuna and mahi. Call for operating hours. Aqualand Marina, Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-363-2318. Dockside Sandwich Company – Offering sandwiches, lahvosh, salads, chips and snacks. Baldridge Marina, Cumming. Seasonal. 770889-2185. Fish Tales Lakeside Grille – Casual lakeside dining featuring grouper fingers, signature salads and much more. Full service indoor and outdoor bar with live music. Open daily, 11:30 a.m., closing at 10 Sun-Thur, 11 p.m. Fri-Sat. Hideaway Bay Marina. C-3, 770-967-3775. Pelican Pete’s – Picturesque dining right on the water at Port Royale in an open-air thatched-roof building. Selection of sandwiches, burgers, fish and more. Call for hours. B-2, 770-887-5715 ext 5. Pier 29 – Located on Lake Lanier at lake marker 29 opposite Browns Bridge. Family friendly restaurant with a separate bar and dining patio with live music. Dockside delivery available at restaurant’s courtesy dock as well as delivery to Port Royal Marina. Cumming. www.pier29onlanier.com, 770-781-2242. Skogies – Made from scratch seafood, BBQ and American fare with a great view served in a laid back pet friendly environment. We serve the best breakfast on Lake Lanier! Menu items include eggs benedict served five ways, Omelettes, shrimp & grits, cathead biscuits & gravy, breakfast sandwiches & more. Call from your boat & they will pick you up. C-1 678 450-1310; www.skogies.net. Sunset Cove Beach Club – An open-air eatery on a quiet stretch of beach near Chattahoochee Rapids at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner. Views of the lake during the day or dine under the stars in the glow of firelight from the fireplace. Come by car or by boat. Also at Sunset Cove, Dog and Draft features 12 beers on draft, plus hot dogs, brats and sausage in pretzel buns. Fire and Ice kiosk offers smoked barbecue and burgers. On the waterpark side, Gianni’s Italian Bistro serves pizza, subs and pasta. By water, Sunset Cove is between buoys 7SC and 5SC. www.lakelanierislands.com. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. Windows Restaurant – Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort and overlooks Lake Lanier. Provides breakfast buffet and menu options
daily, and special dining events every Saturday night throughout the season. Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3, www.lakelanierislands.com, 770-945-8787. American Antebellum – Southern contemporary cuisine including fried catfish with pimento dumplings, grilled wild salmon, thyme roasted pork chop, ribeye with buttermilk mashed potatoes and more. Weekend brunch features biscuits and gravy, ham steak and eggs, buttermilk pancakes, shrimp and grits, and more. Downtown Flowery Branch, C-3, 770965-8100. www.antebellumrestaurant.com. Austin’s Steak and Seafood – Specialties include seafood, premium aged steaks and chops, baby-back ribs, chicken and pasta. Open daily, lunch and dinner. Full bar. Cumming. A-3, 770-844-0902. Braise – Open for lunch and dinner, Tues.Sun. Also features fried green tomatoes, BBQ shrimp, oyster po’boys, braised short ribs and pot roast. Dessert for two features apple cobbler and brownie a la mode. Comfort food redefined. Live weekly entertainment downstairs at Coo-Coo’s Nest with an extended bar menu and drink specials. Located at 1920 Freedom Pkwy., just off Ga. Hwy. 400. A-3, Cumming, 678-456-8932. Coastal Breeze Seafood Grill – Offering seafood, steaks, ribs, oysters on the half shell, salads, burgers and more. Lunch and dinner, full bar. Sun.-Thur 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight. 5390 Lanier Island Parkway. C-3, www.coastalbreezega.com, 770945-9181. Collegiate – Old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs and milk shakes served in 1940s setting. Gainesville. C-2, 678-989-2280. Foster House – Lunch and dinner served family-style featuring casual dining at lunch and fine dining in evening. Lunch served 11 a.m.2:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Dinner served 5-8:30 p.m., Thurs.; 5-9:30 p.m., Fri./Sat. Cumming. A-3, 770-887-9905. Norman’s Landing – Specializing in fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, Canadian baby-back ribs with Kansas City barbecue sauce. Cumming. Casual. A-3, 770-886-0100. Silver Bay Seafood – Specializing in seafood dishes like fried grouper, snapper, baby shrimp, oysters, scallops, broiled swordfish, mahi, and much more. Located at 2415 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville, C-2. 678 450-4900. Two Dog Café – Classic small town diner with an emphasis on fresh food and fast service for lunch and dinner. Located at 317 Spring St. Gainesville. C-2, 770-287-8384. Wild Wing Café – Offers casual dining, live music, special Monday Trivia Night and 2 Fer Tuesday nights (buy a dozen, get a dozen wings free). Located at 311 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Gainesville. C-2, 770-536-9177. Yahoola Creek Grill – Features Southern-inspired, made-from-scratch cooking from our outdoor deck, cozy dining room and loft. Full beer and wine list. Open for lunch and dinner, Wed.-Sat. Open for brunch and supper on Sunday. Closed Mon./Tues. Located on S. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-482-2200; www.yahoolacreekgrill.com. Continental/Fine Dining Adam’s – American Mediterranean cuisine including Rack of Lamb, Calf’s Liver
Anglaise, Mediterranean Chicken Penne, Oysters Rockefeller and Seafood Pastilla Rolls. Full bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat., 5-10:30 p.m. Located at 15 East Main St., Buford. B-3, 678 754-0379. Aqua Terra Bistro – European fusion cuisine served daily. Open for lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; noon-2:30 p.m., Sat.; dinner hours are 5-10 p.m., Mon.-Sun. Located on Buford’s historic Main Street. No reservations. B-3, 770-271-3000. Blue Bicycle – a bistro touting “great food in a place not to feel rushed.” Open for lunch Thurs./Fri.; open for dinner Tues.-Sat. Reservations are suggested. Located at 671 Lumpkin Campground Road, behind the Outlet Mall on GA. Hwy. 400. Dawsonville, B-1. 706-265-2153. Corkscrew Café – Fine dining featuring varied menu choices, open lunch and dinner. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Tues.-Thurs.; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri./Sat.; noon-9 p.m., Sun. Reservations suggested. Located on 51 West Main St., Dahlonega. 706-867-8551. Luna’s – Continental cuisine, romantic atmosphere. Gainesville. C-2, 770-531-0848. Oar House in Dahlonega – Specialties: handcut steaks, seafood dishes and homemade desserts, “everything homemade from the bread to the pickles.” Located Hwy 52E, 4 miles east of Dahlonega. D-1. Reservations suggested. 706-864-9983. Poor Richard’s – Specializing in Prime Rib, steaks, ribs and fresh seafood. Casual dining, dinner only. Full-service bar. Gainesville. C-1, 770-532-0499. Scott’s Downtown – Upscale casual ambience with specialty sandwiches for lunch and gourmet entrees for dinner. Gainesville. C-2. 770-536-1111. Barbecue/Country/Home Cooking Johnny’s BBQ – Real Pit BBQ pork, chicken & ribs. Brunswick stew. Minutes from Clark’s Bridge rowing venue. Gainesville. Casual. D1, 770-536-2100. Old McDonald’s BBQ – Real Pit BBQ, Brunswick stew, ribs. Minutes from Lake Lanier. Casual. Buford. B-3, 770-945-3431.
Deli Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe – Light breakfast, lunch and dinner and desserts followed by fresh roasted coffee. Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-967-4080. Italian Dominick’s Italian Restaurant – Features cuisine from the north of Italy, with veal, chicken and seafood dishes. Favorites include chicken saltimbocca and garlic bread appetizer. Half-price bottles of wine on Monday nights, half-price appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and endless pasta and salad on Wednesdays. Dominick’s is open Monday thru Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch and dinner from 5-9:30 p.m. Located at the corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center., Buford. B3, 770-614-0019. Piazza – Features traditional Italian dishes, homemade raviolis, pizza, chicken, veal and seafood specialities. Open 7 days a week: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri./Sat. Located on 24 East Main St., Dahlonega. B-1. 706-867-9881. Vinny’s New York Pizza & Italian Grill – New York-style pizzeria known for generous portions and reasonable pricing. Specialties include Philly Chicken and Cheese sub, New York Pizza, Chicken Caesar Salad, Sausage & Pepper plate, baked pasta and Lasagna. Desserts include Cannoli, Tiramisu, Italian Funnel Cakes or cheesecake. Wine and beer available. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun, 5-10 p.m. Located at 4977 Lanier Island Pkwy, Buford. C-4, 678482-9966. Mexican La Cazuela – An Atlanta area landmark that’s expanded to two locations around Lanier. Features fajitas, selection of combination platters and more. Cumming, 678-947-0718, Buford, 770-614-6871. Oriental Little Tokyo – Japanese dining - hibachi grill, sushi. Dine in, take out. Open Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-10 p.m.; Closed Mon. Buford. B-4, 770-9453350.
Lakeside’s Safety Guide A GUIDE TO BOATING AND SWIMMING SAFETY RESOURCES PRESENTED BY LAKESIDE ON LANIER BOATING
Boater Education Courses with Certification Exam
Swim Lessons/ Aquatics Programs
Boating Safely & Personal Watercraft Certification
Frances Meadows Aquatics and Community Center
• Course: NASBLA certified entry level classroom-only course with test for boater education and PWC certification. Covers basic boating terminology, navigation, operation, legal requirements, emergencies, water etiquette and more. • Instructors: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers • Minimum age: 12 • When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 6, 13; Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 12. (Bring sack lunch) • Where: U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 29, 6595 Lights Ferry Rd., Flowery Branch • Cost: Individuals $40, family discount $25 (call or email for information) • Information/registration: http://a0700209.uscgaux.info/public_education.php, firstname.lastname@example.org, (770) 217-4059.
• Location: 1545 Community Way, Gainesville. • Information/registration: (770) 533-5850, www.gainesville.org/swim-lessons www.gainesville.org/online-registration. • Lessons/Cost: Swimming and water safety program for all ages and levels, age 6 months to masters, basic aquatics safety to skill proficiency for competitive swimmers. Four 30-minute group lessons available at various times/dates through Aug. 8. City resident $45, non-resident $60. • Swim camps: Camps for ages 6 and older for beginners to advanced competitive swimmers, 9 a.m.-noon July 1-5. Register by June 8. City resident $90, non-resident $120. • U.S. Masters Swimming: For swimmers age 18 and older to improve fitness, develop better technique, or train for competition. 1-3 days week, Gainesville/Hall residents $30-$50, non residents $40-$65.
Basics of Boating - America's Boating Course • Course: NASBLA certified basic boater safety program covering boat handing, safety equipment & procedures, navigation, boat types & terminology with exam for certification. • Instructors: Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron • Minimum age: None • When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 10 • Where: Lake Lanier U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Management Office, 1050 Buford Dam Rd., Buford. • Cost: $35 for text, families may share • Information/registration: http://atlantasboatingclub.com/public-classes/basics-ofboating-boatsmart, BoatSmart@usps-atlanta.org Boater Education Courses without Certification Exam • Professional Tutoring: On-line or in person tutoring designed to prepare individuals for exams required for certification and licensure for maritime jobs by instructor Steve Johnson, retired US Coast Guard, experienced ship navigator, deck officer, and USCG license instructor for Sea School. www.navteach.com, email@example.com, (770) 312-0989. • Advanced Boating Classes in piloting, marine communications, and other boating skills offered periodically by the Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron. Offered in the fall and winter. Information: www.atlantasboatingclub.com. Vessel Safety Checks • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certified Vessel Examiners perform safety inspections on recreational boats, personal watercraft and paddle sport vessels. Free. When/Where: All inspections 8 a.m.-noon July 6 East Bank (Gwinnett); July 20 Charleston (Forsyth); Aug. 3 Tidwell (Forsyth); Aug. 17 Old Federal (Hall). Information: http://a0700209.uscgaux.info, firstname.lastname@example.org, (678) 4923118. • Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron offers vessel safety check-ups by appointment. Information: http://atlantasboatingclub.com/vessel-safety-check/vessel-safety-checksignup.
Cumming Aquatic Center • Location: 201 Aquatic Circle, Cumming • Information/registration: (770) 781-1781 www.cummingaquaticcenter.com (register online) • Lessons/cost: Swimming and water safety program ranges from toddler-age in Parent Child Aquatics Program to teens and adults in Learn to Swim and Adult Aquatics Program. Six 30-min. group classes per session offered twice a week or Saturday mornings. Private or semi-private lessons available. Parent & Child, Pre-school Aquatics, $57; Learn to Swim Program, Adult Aquatics, $89; private lesson $30 each; semiprivate lesson, $45 each. Brenau University • Location: Brenau Fitness Center, 500 Washington St., SE, Gainesville • Information/registration: www.brenautigers.com, Blaire Bachman, (770) 534-6279, email@example.com. • Lessons/Cost: Custom private swim lessons for all ages and abilities. Four 30-min. lessons $100; advanced level-four 1-hr. lessons $150. Brenau Masters Swim Team offers practice and competitive program for swimmers of all levels, high school age and older. $60/month. University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus • Location: 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood • Information/registration: http://www.gsc.edu/about/ce/Pages/RecreationSports.aspx, (678) 717-3605 • Swim lessons: For ages 3 (must be potty trained) and older range from introduction to water skills to swimming and skill proficiency. 50-min. lessons, 4 times a week, 14 sessions June 3-July 18. $75. Lanier Aquatics • Location: Frances Meadows Aquatics and Community Center • Information/registration: www.lanieraquatics.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, (770) 519-6500 • Swim program: Year round swim program for entry level to advanced competitive swimmers based at Frances Meadows Aquatics and Community Center. Summer program will include sessions at the Oakwood YMCA.
July safety tip: BAC estimator may help imbibers say no By Jane Harrison A blood alcohol estimator, like the drink wheel formerly distributed by The Traffic Institute or on the web at www.intox.com/drinkwheel.aspx, can provide imbibers estimates of their blood alcohol content based on what kinds of alcohol they have been drinking, the number of drinks they’ve had, how many hours they’ve been drinking, and their weight. For instance, the online drink wheel shows that a 180 pound man consuming six American beers in two hours can have a BAC of .087, above the legal limit. A 130 pound woman consuming the same number of beers may register .133, way above the legal
limit. Different factors may determine how drinking affects each person, including how much food they have in their stomach, their body type, medications they may be taking, and fatigue level. Boaters out in the sun for hours and possibly dehydrated can experience more intense effects of alcohol use. Hall County Prosecutor Stephanie Woodard said tools like the drink wheel may be useful in helping people self-police. “Anything that says how many drinks (you) have had or intend to have means that you are thoughtfully contemplating whether you should drink.” That thought process might be a natural inhibitor leading boaters to avoid or reduce alcohol consumption on the lake.
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Cumberland is Georgia’s most special island With more than 20 miles of beaches and dunes facing the Atlantic Ocean, the hundreds of wild horses understand the freedom and beauty of running alone with the breezes and tides of Cumberland Island. This breathtaking vision of the way life was more than 100 years ago is the true beauty of Georgia’s southernmost barrier island. It is situated three miles from the mainland and boasts a diversity of ecosystems including saltwater marshes, mud flats, tidal creeks, maritime forests, white sand beaches, and dunes. Cumberland Island is three miles wide, slightly larger and much less inhabited than New York’s Manhattan Island, and limits visitation to 300 people per day. Cumberland is an important sanctuary to threatened loggerhead sea turtles. These turtles can weigh up to 350 pounds, lay eggs from May to September, and are fervently protected by both state and federal biologists. Cumberland was established as a national seashore in 1972 which has allowed the sand, wind, sea, and natural flora and fauna to reclaim some of the land. One of the most striking relics of the past is the remarkable Dungeness ruins that Andrew Carnegie’s brother Thomas built as a magnificent estate in the early 1900s and abandoned in the 1920s. A fire burned much of the structure in 1959, leaving the haunting stone ruins that are seen today. Though time and tide move
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MORE INFO: 770-289-1543 JFish51@aol.com www.fishinglanier.com slowly, one part of Cumberland Island seems to stand still, and that is Greyfield. Located on the western shore facing the Intercostal Waterway, this rambling old home was built in 1900 for Margaret Ricketson, daughter of Thomas and Lucy Carnegie. It was opened as an inn in 1962 by Margaret’s daughter, Lucy R. Ferguson, and her family. The Greyfield compound includes over 200 privately owned acres on Cumberland including its own small wooden gazebo on a high dune at the beach where one can perch to watch the great blue herons, gulls, ibis, osprey, and terns paint an ever-changing kaleidoscope of nature above the constant crash of waves from the sea. Greyfield is quite exclusive and extremely expensive, so unless you have permits and plan to camp, I would suggest coming to St. Marys and obtaining a room at the Riverview Hotel which was built in 1916. This property has also been the choice of such notable people as John D. Rocke-
Seagulls and fishermen at the rock jettys on Cumberland Island (above). A wild horse on Cumberland Island.
feller, Sr., Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Andrew Carnegie, Governor Eugene Talmadge, Senator Richard Russell, and even weatherman, Willard Scott. This old hotel is on the waterfront and has become the central gathering point for folks headed to Cumberland Island. From the dock of St. Marys’ Waterfront, visitors board the Cumberland Lady for camping or day trips to enjoy swimming, shelling, fishing, wild horses, loggerhead sea turtles and much more. No picture or story could ever accurately capture Cumberland. One must become caught up in the natural rhythm and feel this special place. The desert-like sweep of sandy beach is dotted with shells, the slight movement of ghost crabs, and free-roaming wild horses. Inland, the moss shrouded live oak and pine maritime forests provide ample habitat for a wide array of wildlife,
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including deer, feral hogs, bobcats, and a diverse bird population. A team of experienced naturalists are always on-hand to take patrons on eco-tours of Cumberland Island. This is the absolute best way to experience the unforgettable beauty and unique history of this barrier island. The unique experience of combining the natural wonder of the
shifting sands and ever-changing flora and fauna of Cumberland Island make this diverse geography one of the most romantic and interesting places in our part of the world! Bill Vanderford has won numerous awards for his writing and photography, and has been inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Guide.
Ferry to Cumberland Island and National Seashore:
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The Dungeness Ruins (above) on Cumberland Island. A wooden walkway (left) above the marsh on the island.
• Adults: $20 • Senior Citizens: $18 • Children 12 & under: $14 • Park User Fee: $4 • Reservations: 877-860-6787 or 912-882-4335 • Tip: Ask about Plum Orchard Tours. Ticketed guests must check-in at the Cumberland Island Visitors Center a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure.
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The ferry boat to Cumberland Island.
Extremis, something captains don’t want to experience For those of you that have taken or plan to complete a boating safety course … Congratulations and Thank You! Your efforts will certainly improve the overall safety of boating and benefit everyone that enjoys the lake. In addition to learning the required safety equipment and precautions that are taught in boating safety classes there is one subject that causes the most challenge to fully understand and apply correctly … the Navigation Rules of the Road. Online and live seminar events vary widely in complexity depending on the use of this valuable information. For example: the USCG Captain’s course requires students to successfully complete a difficult exam, with a minimum passing score of 90 percent while some boating safety classes only have time for a brief introduction to this necessary aptitude. Passing the paper test is only the beginning. Experience will deliver the true benefit of collision avoidance. With that premise in mind this article will begin a
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Continued from page 58 exclusive number. It is a number that we’ve said as a community that absolutely you are presumed to be impaired and less safe to be driving. (Note: Individuals younger than 21 can be charged with BUI with a BAC of .02 or greater.) Q. A person can be charged with BUI within three hours after operating a vessel. Why is that? Woodard: They have to be under the influence at the time they operated the vessel. The timing has to do with blood alcohol level, which takes time to have affect after consumption. There are scientific ways to calculate after the fact what your blood alcohol level was when you were driving. If there is an accident on the lake, like we’ve had, someone goes home and their blood alcohol level is taken, we can extrapolate back to what it was. We can know you were drinking while boating. The three hour rule lengthens the time limit for DNR, because it can take DNR an hour to get you to the breathalyzer. Q: Explain the legality of the following: Boat passengers obviously drunk. Woodard: Interesting that we have pedestrian under the influence, but we don’t have passenger
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push last season and we’re not done. Basically the caucus decided to make .08 and the educational aspect the highest priority. BUI punishment is up to the individual prosecutor. It can be punished from no fine to a $1,000 fine. In our jurisdiction, what I charge for a DUI, I recommend for a BUI. Q. Why is alcohol allowed on the lake and not on the road? Woodard: I think that we, America as a country and especially this region, have had a long history of outdoorsmen and hunting and fishing enthusiasts … there’s not a stigma at all surrounding the presence of alcohol in a vessel. Our laws just legislate community and country conscientiousness and currently alcohol use on boats is not seen as a criminal behavior or even as much of a public safety issue on the lake as it is in cars. It’s not the prosecutor’s war to prevent lake parties. There’s a lot of freedom and I don’t want to curb freedom. I want to contemplate others’ safety as well as protect people enjoying our resources. (See Safety Tip, page 64, for additional information about alcohol consumption and BUI levels.)
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Beware of technology going rogue As a general rule, I am OK with technology. In fact, I use some periodically without any lasting psychological effects. And though I have not killed any of my various digital devices yet, I have, just recently participated in the death of a clock radio. Hard to say how such thoughts creep into one’s conciousness. I suspect that over time, we have been hardwired to rebel against the occasional laptop. Especially when it suddenly decides to permanently delete 434 pages of painstakingly gathered graphs, charts, and text just moments before making a critical presentation that will determine one’s continued employment. I can understand the occasions such attack on an inanimate object to the extent that computers and similarly constructed technology are worse than cats when it comes to finicky, unpredictable acts of random and ruthless chaos. But threatened by a clock radio? Really? I mean, when was the last time that you truly felt
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tossed the owner’s manual into? Do you really think that we have that kind of time here?” At that point, my wife and I left the bedroom and waited in the living room watching America’s Most Misguided Attempts at Humor on the TV. He appeared in short order, almost tripping over the ottoman. “It’s done,” he said, handing me a receipt. “If we need anything, we’ll call you.” After he left, my wife leveled me with her eyes. “You picked out the first clock radio you came to, didn’t you?” Other than going to get a gallon of milk, I really didn’t have a good response to her accusation. After all, who would have ever thought that I’d live to see the day when I would get busted by a clock radio gone rogue. Phillip Bond Sartain is a Gainesville, GA lawyer and freelance writer.
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