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June 2016

3292 Thompson Bridge Road #250, Gainesville, GA 30506 Phone: (770) 287-1444 Fax: (770) 287-1445 E-mail

Vol. 22 Issue 6

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pan Am Games a success Officials from the Pan Am Games praised the organization behind the Olympic qualifier and the revamped 1996 Olympic site and foresee future international competition at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. Page 14

Lanier offers bird habitat A spring morning resounded with the songs, calls and shrill warnings of tree and brush dwellers as two dozen bird watchers treaded softly into their diverse habitat at the Linwood Nature Preserve in Gainesville. Page 45

Myrtle Beach, S.C. South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach is renowned for a carnival atmosphere of putt putt golf, beaches, franchise eateries and many nice public golf courses, but I was lucky enough to find a different world within this artificial madness! Page 66 Also inside: Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Captain’s comments . . . . . . . .Page Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Curb Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Dining guide . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Fishing report . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Glenn Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lake Lanier Olympic Venue . . .Page Lake levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lanier map . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Marinas information . . . . . . . .Page Outdoor activity calendar . . . .Page Safety guide . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Sailing calendar . . . . . . . . . . .Page Steve Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Vanderford’s travel . . . . . . . . .Page US Coast Guard Auxiliary . . . . .Page

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Another abandoned boat is removed from Lake Lanier. This vessel, a 24-foot pontoon, was pulled from the lake just north of Thompson Bridge. Story, page 2.

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June 2016

Boat removal continues thanks to Lake Lanier Association 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 Jane Harrison, Millie Adcox Columnists Glenn Burns, Roy Crittenden, Steve Johnson, Mike Rudderham, Ken Sturdivant 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 In May another one bit the dust, another abandoned boat, that is. As part of the ongoing program to rid Lake Lanier of abandoned or derelict boats and docks, the Lake Lanier Association, with the help of several area businesses, removed a sunken 24foot pontoon boat near marker 2LR and Little River Park. However, there appears to be a twist in this saga. “We sent divers down to see if there was any registration information on the vessel before we began to remove it, but because of the way the sides of the boat were collapsed, divers weren’t able to establish ownership,” said Joanna Cloud, executive director of the association, which is spearheading the abandoned vessel removals. “However, once we had the boat out of the water, we were able to locate information that has led us to the last owner of record.” Cloud said that the association is pursuing communication with the owner in hopes of being able to recoup some of the costs from extricating the boat. “We’re contemplating next steps,” she said. Reports from area boaters


The most recent abandoned boat, a pontoon, is raised by TowBoat/US with help from Boat Dock Works. Inflatables raised the boat, seen in the lower right.

identified the location of the submerged aluminum-hulled pontoon boat. The association called on its community partners to assist with getting it off the bottom of the lake, including Robert Estrada with TowBoatUS, Brad Wiegand with Boat Dock Works, and Travis Terry with Terry’s Towing. “These great business owners and others like them have been a lifesaver to moving our removal program forward,” she said. “Their services are either completely comped or very deeply discounted to help us.”

The process can be complex. In this case, the pontoon boat was floated to the surface to ensure that it would remain intact through the removal. It was moved to a nearby boat ramp where volunteers punctured the water-filled pontoons so they could drain. The boat still had its motor on board. Because it was so heavy it had to be winched up to put it on a waiting truck that took it to a salvage yard. The association recently was notified of a $25,000 grant from

the state to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources that will be used for clean-up projects on Lanier in coordination with the non-profit group. “We are so grateful for this funding to help with our program,” Cloud said. “However, we still rely on our business partners to assist because there is much work to be done. In this case, where the last owner of record has been identified, we will always do our best to hold people accountable when they can be identified.”

June 2016



6095 Blackberry Lane, Buford

Watermark Cove, Gainesville

TERESA SMITH LINDAL HOME with SOARING tongue and groove ceilings, HUGE lake views and EASY walk to SS dock. The kitchen is to DIE for and you MUST see! Master on Main opens to covered porch o'looking the lake. 3 BR/ 3.5 BA. and 3 fin levels. Open concept that EVERYONE will LOVE. $690K (Hall)

1976 Riverview Dr., Gainesville

SOUTH LAKE RANCH, 4 bd/3.5 bath, 4 sides brick and great views. Corp line is 30ft from water, 50 ft deck. $499K (Hall)

BUILD THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS on Lake Lanier. 10 lots for sale with your own FREE dock slip that is all YOURS! Both interior and lake front ranging from $139K-$269K. You'll LOVE the community pavilion and hot tub overlooking the lake as well as a private swimming pool for the 18 residents inside the beautiful gated community!

Lake Lanier Specialist 770-654-4173

6830 South Bluff Ct., Gainesville

3651 Jewell Circle, Gainesville

6615 Sweetwater Pt., Flowery Branch


GORGEOUS SOUTH LAKE CHARMER with FABULOUS porches and pool overlooking lake. Double slip dock in FANTASTIC water across from Holiday Marina and Yacht Club. 3 finished levels with HUGE bedrooms and Master on the main. Finished terrace level has wet bar, rec room, living room and TONS of storage. $990K (Hall)

REMARKABLE LAKE VIEWS from every room! 5BR/5 BA home w/single boat slip at community dock. 3 finished floors include a huge master suite w/sitting area, recreation rm, wet bar, sauna, media rm and more. Walk from your backyard to the dock slip. Coffered great rm, library & dining rm & 2 walkout covered patio's. Close to downtown Gainesville. REDUCED $815K (Hall)

WALK IN THE DOOR AND ALL YOU SEE IS WATER! Wonderful floor plan with all of the upgrades! Gorgeous hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, great covered deck, Master on main w/HUGE Master bath. 5 BR/4.5 BA w/2 unfinished basements! REDUCED $829K (Hall)

5560 Point West Drive, Oakwood

200 Lake Circle, Dawsonville

3633 Lake Ridge Ct., Gainesville

5345 Sherri Drive, Gainesville

GORGEOUS SUNSET LAKE VIEW! Ranch on fully finished terrace level w/2nd kitchen! 5 car garages, 3 sides brick. Open floor plan includes gourmet kitchen, HUGE great room w/14 ft ceilings and dining room. Master on main & 3 additional BR on main level. Storage galore in this beautiful home on a corner lot. REDUCED $549K (Hall)

AMAZING NEWER CONSTRUCTION, rustic & elegant, gorgeous views and easy walk to double slip dock. Concrete siding & stone, 3 car garage, 5 BD/4.5 BA, master on main, 3 fplc's, nearly an acre lot, energy efficient, finished terrace, deep water. $1,197K (Dawson)

STUNNING "STREET OF DREAMS" home. Master on the main, 5 BD/4.5 BA, 3 finished levels including 5 fireplaces, custom wet bar, media room, and killer stone screened porch with spa, deck, upper screened porch, office, keeping room and so much more! REDUCED $995K (Hall)

HELLO WATER & LAKE VIEWS! One of the BEST lots on Lanier! 7 BR/6.5 BA Nantucket style home. Gourmet kitchen opens to the gt rm. Guest ste over the 2 car garage. Master on main PLUS 2 additional BRs. Terrace level is AWESOME w/a HUGE bath, bunk rm & LARGE rec rm w/ living & game areas. Grandfathered pavilion near the lake. Fantistic screened porch & fire pit o'looking the lake. Grass to the water and GORGEOUS top of the line dock in DEEP water. REDUCED $1,439K (Hall)

5274 Trudy Circle, Gainesville

4054 Ryckeley Drive, Gainesville

5999 Blackberry Lane, Buford

9730 Peninsula Dr., Gainesville

FABULOUS NEWER BUILT CRAFTSMAN HOME with two story windows, gourmet kitchen, hardwoods, master on main, 4 BD/3.5 BA, finished terrace level, single slip covered dock w/party deck. Great lake location. $690K (Hall)

2BR/1BA HOME on one of the best lots on the lake! The corp line was drawn around the home and it has GREAT views. Great south lake weekender with a covered 1 slip dock. Seller has approval for a 32 x 32 dock with 40 ft ramp and soil tests for a 3 bedroom/2 bath. Great screened porch $425K (Hall)

SOUTH LAKE LOCATION in impeccable condition, master on main, open floor plan, 2 car garage plus boat door on terrace, 4 BD/3.2 BA, covered single slip dock, large private lot. $725K (Hall)

COZY & CHARMING LAKE CABIN in Forsyth just before you cross Browns Bridge. Covered single slip dock, 3 BD/2BA with fantastic deck and sun room overlooking the lake, newly updated master. $417K (Forsyth)

Two great lots on Lake Lanier!

6621 Westerly Lane, Gainesville

6052 West River, Flowery Branch

4725 Virginia St., Oakwood

IMPECCABLE HOME in Marina Bay w/open flr plan, vaulted gr rm & keeping rm, master on main. 4BR/4.5BA, hdwd flrs, 10 ft celings on the main, 3 car garage, granitie counters, glazed kitch hen cabinets, stone & cedar siding, single slip at community dock k included. Fabulous gated n’hood with swim & tennis. REDUCED $719K (Hall)

3.5 ACRE LOT WITH DOCK. Very private and wooded lot with room to build a large home to your own specifications. Includes lake access and dock. $249K (Hall)

FANTASTIC LOT WITH DOUBLE SLIP DOCK on great south lake water. Nearly 1 acre and 100 ft lake frontage. Bring your builder. $450K (Hall)

CHARMING LAKE home w/2 lots & a SS boathouse. Cozy FR w/wood burning stove & views of the lake! Country kitchen w/breakfast area open to the FR. Relaxing covered deck w/views of the lake. Full finished basement with plenty of room for guests. Large out bldg/workshop w/air conditioning! Very clean home; move in ready. Excellent location & is around the corner from everything! REDUCED $325K (Hall)

2621 Bridgewater Cir., Gainesville. 240 ft of frontage on 3/4 acre lot. $350K (Hall)

3908 Harbor View Ct., Gainesville. Single slip dock on cul-de-sac. $139K (Hall)


June 2016

Bev Knight Lead Agent



Dani Brown Luxury Coordinator


on Lake Lanier since 2012


***Feattured Listing*** ! ISTING NEW L

Spacious home on one-of-a-kind point lot Located in sought-after Forsyth County, over two acres at end of peninsula w/ over 500 ft. of Corps shoreline. 250º big-water views yearround. Spacious & charming home w/ 6BRs, warm organic finishes, hand-selected Tennessee fieldstone, charm galore, privacy. Could easily accommodate two families, room to build a second home on property. $1.29m

2+ acres, over 500 feet of shoreline

Warm, secluded, welcoming

Double-slip dock, DEEP water

Nature-inspired finishes throughout

250º lake views

Wa ater's edge estate

Exttraordinary luxury

Oh, the views!

Eagle’s View Manor

European infusion


Dbl-slip deep wtr prtty dock, ro oom for 2 fa amilies, re esortt-like pool/patio are ea. $1.749m

Aw wa ard d win nn niing g land dm ma ark

Huge deep wtr dock, custom-built w/ top-notch finishes & below appra aisal. $1.59m

Swim/ttennis/golf comm SOLD! SOLD!

Designer fiinishes, importte ed appls, sgl slip dock, stunning landscaping, beautifu ul pond & wttrffa all. $1.124m

Sou utth lake distinc cttion SOLD! SOLD!


Lg dbl slip dock, deep water,, scre eened porch, 2-storyy vaulted family rm, chef’s kitchen. $724.9k

Marina Bay landmark

Contempora aryy design, yearro ound views, easiest walk to water,, ro oom for wine cellar! $1.195m

Panoramic point lot


Ye ear-round lake views, luxury styling, open floor plan, 2nd kitchen in bsmt, deck at water ’s edge. $899.9k

Like-a-dream in ntterior UNDER

Over 25,000 sq ftt, panora amic big wtr views, gated, 2 docks w//1 in place, imported FPs. $1.29m


Builder//owner, nautical design, sleeper loft, fin. bsmt, hot tub w/ a view. $699k

Prof. landscaping, giant master suite w/ FP,, cofffered ceilings, grand entrance. $895k

Pool and lake

Huge home, Dbl-slip IPE prty dock, 2 kitchens, bonus spaces, all year views. $825k

Coun nttry club stunner


Spacious luxury home, re esortt quality pool, party dock on good water, fin bsmt w// bar,, billiard ds, more e. $650k

Offf lake, custom gunite pool & oasis bkyard d, updated gourmet kitchen. $699k

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June 2016


Jackie Powalowski

Darlene Plavcan

Jamie Bishop

Multi-million Producer

Investment Specialist

Mktg. Coord., Agent





Lake lots! Build exactly what you want!! CONTR U N D ER

Luxe lots > 2 acres, gated comm, marina, views. Starting at $395k.

Pointe West, single-slip party dock. $249k

Oh, the views


Fl Br, .79 ac, gated & prt cleare ed, $239k

Beautifully updated AY! IN 1 D SOLD

Just a few steps to water,, coastal style, cro ow’s nest nook, 2 mstrss, dbl-sli dock. $599k

Masterpiece reno

Amazing big-water views, like new, charming arcchitecture e, shed/ workshop, D'ville. $449k

On private cove

Charming 4 BD, 3 BA lakefront home with easy walk to deep water dock. $550k

Forsyth gem

3BR, nice views, easy walk, good water, open flr plan, granite/stainless/hdwds. $425 K

Fisherman’s paradise

Lakefrontt ranch SOLD! SOLD! ! D L O S

Move-in re eady 3BR, 2BA ra anch, single slip dock with partty deck on good water. r. $349k


Gville, 1+ ac, driveway cut, views, $189k

Platffo orm dock, 0.75 acres. Gainesville. $79k

2 homes for price of 1 SOLD! SOLD! ! D L O S

2 BD, 2 BA main home + loft, 1 BD, 2 BA + loft cabin, huge detached gara age/ workshop. $549k

Master on main

Mtn/lake views, swim/tennis comm. $69.9k

Unbeatable deal UNDER


– Perffect location, private yard d w// 3 decks, huge vehicle/boat parking, sgl-slip dock. $450k

South lake



Cov. ss dock, 4 BR, master on main, fin terra ace lvl, 2 storyy gre eat ro oom, gentle walk to wtr $415k

Easy walk, lake views, SS dock, open flr pln, beamed beadboard d ceiling, fin terrace lvl. $399k

Nestled in tree tops

Furnished cotttage



Move-in re eady, open floor plan, 4BR, 3.5BA with lrg g deck & sgl-slip w// partty deck. $385k


Quiet secluded cove, extra a parking fo or boats, glorious views fro om sun room, sgl-slip dock. $375k

Gentle walk to water ED! REDUC

Cra afttsman 3BR, 2.5BA ra anch plan, gentle walk to good water.. $295k

Priivate cove, move in re eady, finished basement, boat ra amp access. $360k

Hidden Harbor ! ISTING NEW L

Swim/tennis/lake n'hood, gorg geous re enovation, cul-de-sac lot, spacious home. $289k

Fully furnished updated cottage, front to back lake views, extra a-long single slip dock. $350k

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June 2016

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$1,895,000 • THIS ONE WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY! Exquisite European elegance on the water. Make your home at one of Lake Lanier ’s finest luxury destinations! Stunning 5BR home with a finished terrace level. This type of landmark property rarely hits the market. Elevator and pool ready. FMLS #5560287 Chattahoochee Country Club, Gainesville.

$995,000 • LAKE AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS WITHIN LUXURY CHESTATEE GOLF COMMUNITY! Outstanding custom lake home features an open floor plan for entertaining and an in-water Corps line, riprap shoreline, and large fenced backyard with lush landscaping. Spectacular terrace level with wine cellar, media room, bar, so much more! FMLS#5614540

$849,900 • GORGEOUS WATERFRONT CRAFTSMAN STYLE HOME. Top of the line aluminum private twin slip party dock! Very deep water. Located in "Chestatee Landing", a Forsyth Co. luxury lake community w/Swim & Tennis. Open plan w/two story great room w/stone FP, open dining room, granite kitchen w/island & stainless appliances, master on main, and screened porch. Terrace level includes a family room, wet bar, fitness room, bonus room/office, guest room & full bath. Beautiful landscaping. Dock path suitable for a golf cart. FMLS# 5690264

$1,165,000 • LUXURY LAKE LIVING WITH GORGEOUS LONG RANGE LAKE AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS IN HARBOUR POINT! Custom built Lee Wagner home features all brick construction, 6 bedroom & 5 1/2 baths, views from every room, and 3 finished levels. Features tall ceilings & hardwood floors on all 3 levels, luxury kitchen open to the great room, in-law suite with second kitchen, sunroom, screened porch and covered patio. Handicap features throughout plus an elevator. Boat slip option available. FMLS# 5534976

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C a l l U s N o w To L i s t F o r S u m m e r !

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$849,900 • Elegant custom designed 5BR/5.5BA lake front home in Harbour Point Subdivision with beautiful lake views! 1.52 acre lot with level side yard located across from the marina and clubhouse. Main level master suite, Finished terrace level features an ensuite, family room w/FP, game room, craft room, and great storage. Boat slip option. Gainesville. FMLS# 5666346

$1,550,000 • LAKE LANIER RESORT LIVING WITH THE VERY BEST VIEWS!! VACATION EVERY DAY from this picture perfect setting & home w/fantastic mid-lake location. Twin slip deep water dock and gorgeous salt water pool! This rustic elegant setting features an open plan, walls of glass, hardwood floors, study, covered porch w/stone FP, master on main plus 4 ensuites.  Gainesville, FMLS # 5594778

$995,000 • EXQUISITE VIEWS OF LAKE AND MOUNTAINS! DEEP WATER PARTY DOCK. Charming apartment or office over the garage, two screened porches & hot tub. Finished terrace level w/wet bar, family room w/rock fireplace, two BR suites & bonus room. FMLS# 5655552, Gainesville

$819,000 • FANTASTIC RANCH FLOOR PLAN ON GORGEOUS LOT WITH GRASS TO WATER VIEWS! Cherokee Forrest - North Hall Schools, Gentle walk to single slip dockk! Fenced and ready for future pool. The home features four sides brick, an open flowing plan, finished terrace level is open with a second kitchen. FMLS #5632303

U N D ER ! T C A R T CON $779,000 • LAKE LANIER RESORT WITH EVERYTHING ON YOUR LIST! Perfect Lakke Lanier lifestyle. Fabulous water views w/Corps line steps to the watter! Twin-slip deep water party dock! Also available to purchase turnkey furnished & with 2 boats. FMLS# 5634839

$659,000 • AMAZING OPEN SUNSET VIEWS WITH CORPS LINE IN THE WATER! Deep watter SS dock, ability to upgrade. Spacious 5BR/4B rannch on fin terrace level in North Hall School District. MLS# 5588803

$749,000 • PRIVATE GATED LAKE LANIER COMMUNITY IN NORTH HALL. This well maintained home feattures ann open plan, tall ceilings. Beauutiful kitchen w/islannd, open to large dining area and great room with Brazilian cherry floors & FP. Master on main w/custom closet. Awesome screened porch, spacious maintenannce free deck, and great level backyard. The unfinished terrace level is ready for finishing. A gentle path leads to the deep water, oversized single slip covered dock w/6500 lbs boatt hoist. FMLS# 5642673 4431 Nautical Way, Gainesville

U N D ER ! T C A R T CON $529,000 • ADORABLE 3BR/3.5B WATERFRONT LAKE LANIER HOME WITH BEAUTIFUL LAKE VIEWS!! Parrtially finished basement w/stone FP. Single slip dock on deep water, w/room to expand to 32 x 32. New paint, HVAC systems & roof ready for your updates. Bonus room upstairs could make a 4th bedroom option., Gainesville

$499,000 • DREAMING OF BUILDING ON LAKE LANIER? Secluded 2.6 acrre fabulous water front lot with CORPS LINE IN THE WATER and AWESOME SUNSETS! Approximately 250 of shoreline, wide open views, level topography, great soils, deep water allways and private setting!. Permitted for 32 X 32 twin slip private parrty dock. FMLS# 5665095 3394 Small Woods Lane, Gainesville

$579,000 • HILTON HEAD STYLE HOME LOCATED ON SOUTH LAKE LANIER. 4BR/4.5B, perfect setting for family fun or peaceful relaxation, Can be sold turnkey with furnishings for immediate summer fun. Deep water single slip private dock. FMLS# 5539985


June 2016

About the combination of boating, alcohol and guests It is my practice to scan a number of Coast Guard Auxiliary, professional and commercial publications as I prepare these articles for publication. I was prompted to select this topic after reviewing the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2015 Boating Accident Statistics, published annually by the U.S. Coast Guard. We all know that it is illegal in Georgia to drive an automobile with an open container of alcohol on board but it is not prohibited to do the same while operating a boat. So where does that leave us as recreational boaters when it comes to having a fun time on the water with alcoholic drinks being consumed by the skipper and/or passengers? I am not a lawyer and not giving legal advice here, but I simply want to give you something to think about when this subject comes up. In our popular “Boating Skills & Seamanship” course, we cover this subject in Chapter 2, under “Substance Abuse.” We remind students that alcohol is a contributing factor in many boating accidents and deaths. “Legal issues aside, drugs and alcohol have no place on a boat. Operating a boat is usually a simple, relaxed

cohol, used either by the victim or by another person involved in the incident. So, how much alcohol is Roy “too much?” The federal Blood Crittenden Alcohol Concentration (BAC) has been changed from 0.10 to 0.08, USCG which reinforces the concern for Auxiliary alcohol abuse. In Georgia, it is illegal for those under the age of 21 to operate a boat or PWC if their n MORE INFO: 770-393-4382, alcohol level is 0.02 or more., Those 21 years of age or older are Flotilla 29 Lake Lanier, considered to be under the influ ence, and may not operate a boat or PWC, if their BAC level is 0.08 or more or if drugs are deContacting USCGA in an emergency on Lanier tected. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) The USCGA Operations Rangers who enforce the law on Center with watch stander is our lakes will check BAC on susopen from mid-May through pected skippers should they deem September, weekends and holiit necessary. It is interesting, also, days, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., that Georgia law also contains a and can be reached by VHF/ provision stating that if a person FM marine radio on Channel found operating a boat or PWC 16 or by cell phone by calling under the influence while a child 770-967-2322. under the age of 14 years is onboard, is also guilty of the charge affair, but a single wrong choice of endangering a child. So we’re at a single moment of inattention talking serious business here. can turn an afternoon outing into Now, what about the liability a disaster.” During 2015, there you assume for the other people were 626 boating fatalities and aboard who have been drinking, 2,613 injuries in the U.S., with 17 even if you haven’t had a drop of percent of the deaths involving al- alcohol and are completely sober.

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“Seaworthy” has reported frequently of claims filed where intoxicated guests, after losing their balance and perception, have had serious falls, even while the boat is still tied to the dock. Guests have drowned after falling or diving overboard and toxicology re-

ports showed a high BAC level, a condition that was not always noticed by the skipper or other guests. Lawsuits have been filed against skippers in such cases and the complaints always allege that the skipper should have known of See USCGA, page 60

Safe boating course set for June 7, 18 Flotilla 29 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Lake Lanier, announces two one-day, sevenlesson “About Boating Safely” courses for the month of June. The courses are scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 and Saturday, June 18. 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 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. until 4:30 p.m. and cost is $35. Discounts available for additional family members.

Course contents include: • Know your boat • Before getting underway • Navigating the waterways • Operating your vessel safely • Boating’s legal requirements • Boating emergencies • Enjoying watersports • State of Georgia regulations Any person born after January 1, 1998, must have completed a boater education course approved by the Ga. DNR before he or she may legally operate a motorized vessel on Georgia state waters. Successful completion of this course may result in a reduction in your boat’s insurance premium.

n MORE INFO: Ricky Ashe, Public Education Officer, Flotilla 29 • 770 833-8935 •


• Available in 3, 4, 5 & 6 step models • Pontoon boat and swim platform models available • Superior craftsmanship • High quality aluminum construction • Textured plate aluminum steps to prevent slipping • Fixed mounting or flip up mounts (included) to allow the unit to be rotated out of the water for storage • Easy to install • Lightweight • Lifetime limited warranty The Aqua-Stairs® dock ladder is great for people and pets. These steps actually enable some people to get in and out of the water where they were prvenioulsy unable with conventional dock ladders. They are just like a staircase! Why

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June 2016


THE PATTI CHAMBERS TEAM Experience isn't expensive, it's priceless!

The Chambers Team 631 Dawsonville Hwy • Gainesville, GA 30501 • Office 770-503-7070






THE MOMENT YOU STEP INSIDE grand entry hall of this fabulous 4 side brick @ entrance of Chattahoochee Country Club, you'll be impressed. Lots of detailed craftsmanship. Spectacular kit. w/stainless appl. & professional series gas stove opens to greatroom and screened porch. Formal LR & DR. Entire upper level is dedicated to a true master suite plus media & study. 2 add'l BRs on main and 3 on lower. 2 staircases. Inviting pool & only steps away to double slip boat dock w/party deck. One of the best lots on Lanier. Sunsets are unbelievable!

FIRST TIME THIS DESIRABLE WATERFRONT HOME has been on market! Sellers bought in 1977 and built in 1991. You'll never find a better lot on Lanier. Level and grassed. Large pavilion w/fireplace, concrete floors and metal roof truly at water's edge. Nice single slip dock with party deck. Custom home with 3 BRs, 3 baths, office, workshop and much more. Easy stroll to Shoal Creek Park which is ideal for walking or biking.

LAKEFRONT COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE. This incredible lakefront property offers the very best with spectacular views. Level and grassed yard to covered boat dock. Big water views! Master on main, gourmet kitchen, finished terrace level, 2 fireplaces, screened porch plus swim/tennis. This is a unique property rarely available on LAKE LANIER!

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A VERY SPECIAL LAKE HOME flowing with custom features and 3 levels finished. Enjoy the beautiful view and close proximity to the spectacular double slip/party deck (boat dock). Abundant space with open floor plan, master suite on main, screened porch, granite and stainless kitchen. Additional bedrooms and study can be found on second level. Daylight terrace level finished for a perfect guest suite. Great outdoor living!


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June 2016

The Southern Fishing Report by Ken Sturdivant

A sampling of fishing information and tips from area guides Lake level: Down 1.15 feet Clarity: Creeks are stained, main lake is clear Temperature: 70s

a 3/16 ounce Davis Shaky Head and work it slow. A Chattahoochee jig has continued to perform well also. Experiment with the different baits to figure out Bass fishing which the fish prefer that day. Bass fishing is good. The fish Focus on main lake rocky points are in their post spawn “funk,” and on secondary points as well. but they are starting to recover The brush is starting to hold and getting more active. The fish in some locations around the morning bite for spots and lake, and soon they will mainly stripers has been good with a va- be found on the man made brush. riety of baits to include: jerkbait, Remember that the post spawners swimbait, topwater, spinnerbait, are often lethargic and will be for and a fluke. The focus with these another week or so. Slow down baits should be fairly shallow on when the bite is tough and go to flats and shallower rocky points the worm or jig as discussed and humps as well. above. A fluke is often a good The fish continue to move choice on these less aggressive deeper each day as they make fish also. We should be in the full their way out to the summer blown all day top water bite now. brush locations. We are starting to This will be a fantastic bite and see a lot of schooling fish in the not one to be missed. early mornings over various types This report brought to you by of structures, such as humps and Jimbo On Lanier, 770 542-7764 road beds, with some of the activ- ity being over deep water. Catching these fish, which are often big Striper fishing ones, requires a precise cast to the Striper fishing is very good. area of activity. The top water bite recently was Set up your rigs to make long very good early and on cloudy casts to be ready for these situadays. The Red Fin and Spook has tions. When the fun stuff bite been the most successful top slows down, switch to a worm on water baits when fished on points

and humps. You can run and gun points by pulling up and casting three or four times on a point and then move to the next point or you can use your trolling motor to thoroughly cover an area with top water and a couple of free line Herring. After the sun gets up we are switching to Umbrella rigs fished over a 25 to 35 foot bottom. We are using a three ounce four arm rig with nine one ounce Capt. Mack’s buck tail jigs with white and chartreuse four inch shad bodies. We always start out with one rig with white and one with chartreuse shad bodies. Some days they only want white and some only chartreuse. Pull your rigs at 70 to 80 feet behind the boat and troll at 3 to 3.5 mph. Look for this pattern to change soon as the water temperature rises. The fish will move deeper, the top water and Umbrella rig bite will show and the down rod Herring bite will “kick in.” The south end of the lake outperformed the north end recently. This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of

Crappie fishing Crappie fishing was good for the month of May. The secret to catching crappie this time of year is to use the method of “run and gun” (targeting as many docks with structure as possible). Using your Lowrance Down Scan and Structure Scan will greatly assist in finding these spots. There are a lot of fishermen on the lake, and it is getting busier with recreational boaters as well. We’ve been catching good numbers of fish targeting docks in 15 to 25 feet of water, mostly three quarter pound to one and a half pounds in weight. When you start catching smaller fish, move on. Also, some fish are on submerged brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water. The brush piles with tops about 10 feet below the surface are producing best. Your electronics will help you determine whether there are fish on the brush piles or not. If there are, throw a marker buoy and fish the whole brush pile by circling your buoy to find the best angles. Stay off the brush about 30 feet, cast your jig past the brush pile and retrieve slowly while shaking your rod. This will give the jig

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LAKE LANIER OLYMPIC PARK Opening festivities reunite ’96 volunteers, celebrate Pan Ams By Jane Harrison Dave Roselle sported an original blue and white “Atlanta 1996 Olympics” polo shirt when he welcomed guests to the opening ceremony of the Continental Olympic Pan American Championships last month. The Olympic qualifier for sprint canoe/kayak, also known as Pan Am Games, reunited many volunteers and organizers whose passion ignited the Olympic torch in northeast Georgia more than two decades ago. “I came back to see it,” said Roselle, from Jackson County, adding he’s proud to carry the Olympic spirit back to Lake Lanier. Similar words rang throughout the reception at Grace Episcopal Church and opening festivities at Pearce Auditorium on the eve of competition at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. “It’s exciting, it’s wonderful to see the people from all over,” said Jim Mathis who was part of the local team that welcomed an Atlanta Olympic Committee searching for a flatwater venue in the early 1990s. Mathis, founder of Gainesville-Hall ’96, waxed sentimental about the momentous days that etched memories into the hearts of volunteers and those who invited international athletes into their homes in 1996. Festivities before the 2016 Olympic qualifier reflected a warm and exotic welcome, but not the same kind of fiery enthusiasm the Olympics sparked 20 years ago. It was a decidedly lower key affair than the one that aroused the community way back then. But, those who sipped wine, ate locally-prepared hors d’ouevres and cheered during a cavalcade of flags got a taste of international flavor uncommon in recent years around Lanier. From the “we are one” remarks from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to the soulful crooning of the featured singer and fluttering feathers of Brazilian dancers, the evening presented a mix of sights and sounds rare in these parts. GH ’96 Chairperson Mimi Collins opened the ceremony with remembrances of the community’s 1996 Olympic effort. Gainesville and Hall County “invested emotionally and financially in that event,” she said. The fact that Lake Lanier Olympic Park still holds sporting events it originally hosted during the

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Attendees at the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony applaud during the Cavalcade of Flags at Pearce Auditorium. Dave Roselle, right, poses in the 1996 Olympics volunteer shirt he wore two decades ago.

Olympics is a “huge accomplishment,” she added. Collins lauded recent city, county and sponsorship investments that reinvigorated a venue that had lost its luster over the years. “We envision investing $10 million in the entire park to make it the vision and the diamond we know it can be,” she said. Danny Dunagan told attendees “it’s nights like this that make me proud to be mayor of Gainesville.” He added he became a fan of sprint canoe/kayak from the moment he knew what the sport is. “I thank every athlete, coach, school and person who has kept this dream alive so many years,” he said. He praised the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club “for its unbreakable spirit and knowing what is possible.” Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell remarked “the county is privileged to dedicate funding and resources to the Olympic venue as it continues its original purpose” in the development of rowing and canoe/kayaking. He wished athletes well as they strive toward “the greatest athletic event on this earth.” Gov. Deal, who made Hall County his home for 45 years, invoked memories of a broadcaster’s assessment of Gainesville as “the friendliest community” of the 1996 Olympiad. “You embody the Olympic creed,” he told athletes, many of whom skipped the ceremony, presumably to focus on their coming tests. “The

important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well,” he quoted from the creed. He described “as one” all who were there representing “The Americas” in the continental Olympic qualifier for North, South, and Central America, plus nearby island countries. Regardless of differences in language and culture “we are all one” in the Americas, he said. Along with reciting the Olympic motto, “faster, higher stronger,” he also interjected his own slogan, “Georgia is the number one place to do business.” “Come back to Gainesville, come back to the state of Georgia …when you get older and become entrepreneurs. It’s a good place to come.” Cecilia Farias, COPAC President, said Lake Lanier Olympic Park fulfills “expectations of an Olympic legacy.” She commended GH ’96 for improving the infrastructure to hold the event. “Thanks for embracing the event with deep ownership.” Nashville singer Mike Farris and his nine-piece band, Roseland Rhythm Review, belted out soulful standards on the Pearce stage in a brief performance capped by gyrating, swiveling, prancing Dance Brazil performers from Atlanta. The carnival proceeded out into the auditorium’s great lawn for picture-taking and well-wishing before the Games began.

Contact: Office Administrator, Brenda Miller; LCKC President, Terry Baker Phone: 770-287-7888 Fax: 770-287-3444 Email: Website: Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Park 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: June 4 - Gainesville-Hall Dragon Boat Challenge June 4-Oct. 30 - Weekend Canoe, Kayak, SUP Rentals June 5-July 15 - Summer Day Camps June 17 - Moonlight Paddle June 18 - Southern Invitational Sprint Regatta July 16 - Summer Sprints Regatta

Lake Lanier Rowing Club Contact: LLRC President, Duane Schlereth Phone: 770-287-0077 Email: Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Park 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Website: 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: June 6-July 16 - Youth Summer Camp June 7-18 - Learn to Row Class 1 July 12-23 - Learn to Row Class 2

Non-club Event June 4 - Lake Show Concert Venue seats +/-2,000; parking capacity +/- 400 cars. The boathouse and tower are available to rent for meetings and special occasions.


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So, what are the values of these programs to you?

Before you ansswer, just think abou ut these questions:

i If LLA had not removed 25 ² 40 tons of trash each year for the last 27 years, what would your view of Lake Lanier look like?

i If LLA had not monitored lake quality for the past 15 years, wh w at wo w uld we know about the condition of the lake?

i If LLA had not picked up the challenge of removing abandoned boats and derelict docks, who would?

i If LLA had not accepted the challenge of installing solar lights in the lake, who would have? ?

i If LLA did not work wiith city, countyy, state and federal officials on Lake Lanier issues, who would have?

i If LLA did not create a project to protect islands that are disappearing from erosion, who would have? As they say, a picture is work a thousand words, so take a minute to scan through the attached story boards about these projects. The bottom line is that if LLA did not exist, you would probably create an organization to do what it does. But fortunately LLA has worked on these and other issues for the last 45 years as a volunteer organization.

i Protect your pro operty values i Preserve the values that brought you to Lake Lanier i Create a betterr lake recreation expe erience :KDW¡V LPSRUWDQW WR \RX" )LVKLQJ VNLLQJ VZLPPLQJ tubing, rowing, jet skiing, family outings, scenic views, teaching kids and grandkids to enjoy water sports, increasing property valuess,, quiet enjoyment of sunsets? As the center of population and econo n my of Metro Atlanta continues to move northward, the pressures and challenges to Lake Lanier are going to increase. Now is not the time for LLLA to shy away from those challenges. We need your help to continue to do what we have done and to respond to those challenges. Help us protect what is valuable to you! Join us now as we continue to work to protect your lake. Call Joanna Cloud, our Executive Director, at 770.503.7757 for details, email or visit for details and to join online.



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LCKC paddlers look to future after Pan Am games None of the local competitors qualified for Rio’s 2016 Olympics By Jane Harrison “I felt that I hadn’t finished yet,” said Maggie Hogan the only American sprint paddler to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. The 35-year-old former Division 1 swimmer from California won her Olympic berth in the Women’s K1 500 meter race in the Pan American Continental Olympic Championships at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. It was her third try in 11 years on the U.S. National team. She said it would be her last. Question is, how many of the young Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club athletes who hoped for Olympic glory this year will stay for another chance in 2020 or even 2024? None of the seven Lanier paddlers, most of whom are more than decade younger than Hogan, made the podium in Olympic qualifying events on their home waters. Race-by-race LCKC Head Coach Claudiu Ciur, LCKC parents and supporters saw Olympic hopes dashed by faster competitors from Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. The seven – Chris Miller, Stanton Collins, Ian Ross, Gavin Ross, Ben Hefner, Farran Smith, and Tim Hornsby – needed to win against other paddlers from the western hemisphere to automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympics in the last chance regatta May 19-22. At the regatta’s close, there remained a glimmer of hope that some of them may go to Rio de Janeiro pending deliberations of the International Canoe Federation. “There is a 10 to 25 percent chance that two or three (LCKC) athletes might get invitations

based on their Pan Am performances,” said Ciur, also the Team USA head coach. Ian Ross and Hornsby, who trains elsewhere but still identifies with LCKC, may get the nod, as could Miller and/or Collins. Ciur speculated that the dearth of American paddlers headed to the world’s highest acclaimed athletic competition may prompt the sport’s governing body to invite strong performing Americans to Brazil. He expected to know more by late June or early July. LCKC paddlers’ Pan Am results have Ciur and his troupe adjusting plans. “I’m still looking to the long term plan,” said the 8year-LCKC coach who believed this would be the year to realize his dream of coaching at least one Olympian. The former Romanian Olympic team canoeist said he will be asking his athletes, “Where do you see yourself in the future? Are you in for the long term?” The coach said he would “sit down with all of them and make a plan.” Some indicated they’ve charted their course. “I’m going for 2020,” asserted a disappointed but undaunted Ian Ross, who was making his second try for an Olympic berth. “I’m part of the sport. I want to make a mark for a long time and retire from the sport on top and be remembered,” said the 23-year-old canoeist. Ben Hefner, another Ciur protégé, wants to finish school, “keep in touch with the water,” and shoot for a future Olympics after he’s made a mark toward a career. After investing 10 years paddling and earning his undergraduate degree, the scholar athlete plans to earn a doctorate

degree in engineering management or oceanic engineering. “I’ll stay fit and come back to sprint for 2024,” he said after his second Olympic attempt. Miller, 24, an all-round workhorse for LCKC racing everything from 200 meters to 1000 meters in single and double kayaks at Pan Ams, is also heading back to school. “I’ve got to finish school first and see where life leads me,” he said, pondering whether he’d make another Olympic effort. Miller raced a man whose life has evolved around kayaking. Canadian Adam van Koeverden, 34, won his fourth Olympic berth at Pan Ams. The popular Canadian athlete and owner of four medals from Athens, Beijing and London commanded the single kayak 1000 meter race from the start. The red-suited van Koeverden emerged from his boat to the cheers of not just his home team but others who revere his accomplishments, including LCKC athletes who have shared his practice waters on Lanier. Miller lined up against the legendary Canadian in the 1000 meter final. En route to the starting dock, a surprised Miller heard the formidable competitor offer, “Good luck, Chris!...I told him good luck and that’s the last I saw of him.” First-time Olympic qualifier Hogan said her main emotion was “relief” after she got her Olympic bid. The life-time competitive athlete said she climbed into a sprint kayak late, at age 26, after swimming for the University of California at Santa Barbara and surf ski ocean racing. She finally got to realize her dream at an American Olympic site and stayed at the home of a Lanier family with an Olympic legacy. Hogan and coach Michele Eray, a 2012 South African Olympic team paddler, said they felt right at home with Richard and Connie Hagler, founding members of LCKC who were among the core group that brought 1996 Olympic canoe/kayak and rowing to Lake Lanier. Hogan actually finished second in her race but achieved her Olympic bid because the winner from Canada had already qualified. The exuberant silver medalist exited the award podium PHOTO BY JANE HARRISON accompanied by rave applause Maggie Hogan was the only American sprint paddler to qualify for the and was flocked by supporters posing for photos with an upcoming Olympics in Rio.


Brazilian team members photograph Jr. Women’s K2 500 gold medal winners and their coach on the first day of Pan Am Games competition.

Olympian. Among them were the flower girls who had escorted her to the ceremony. “I want to be an Olympic kayaker,” remarked seven-year-old Autumn Carden. The dream begins, anew. Notes from the competition: • Men’s K1 1000 meters-Chris Miller, finished 7th, following his coach’s guidance to “go easy” after the first 500 meters to save strength for the K2 1000 qualifier two hours later. “The first one was really just to get the jitters out.” • Men’s C2 1000 meters-Ian and Gavin Ross came in fourth after a show of strength and stamina from Cuban gold medalists Fernando Jorge Enriquez and Serguey Torres Madrigal, who almost had to be helped from their boat at the finish dock. The Cubans, shaky after the all-out sprint, laid down on the dock, seemingly unable to stand before their cheering teammates. “It wasn’t exactly what we expected,” said Ross. “The Cubans tore out of there …if they didn’t hold it, we could have taken them. But they held on to the finish line.” • Men’s K2 1000: Miller and Stanton Collins finished 5th, behind another strong Cuban duo with gold and pairs from Mexico and Argentina, winning silver and bronze. Collins said the strong tail winds, usually a favor in sprint competition, wreaked havoc with their rhythm. “We didn’t have a cadence until the last 200 meters.” • Women’s K2 500 meters— LCKC’s Farran Smith and San Diego paddler Samantha Barlow

teamed up, finishing 5th behind medalists from Canada, Mexico and Colombia. Smith, age 16, was one of the youngest competitors racing for an Olympic bid. • Men’s C1 200 meters—Ben Hefner described his effort in the rain Saturday morning as “a great race,” with a good start, fast middle and finish not as quick as he’s done before. Although he said his time was slow, he felt he “couldn’t have done better.” He finished eighth in his second Olympic bid. • Men’s K1 200 meters—Tim Hornsby, who raced in the 2012 London Olympics, saw four more years of training and international competition end within about 38 seconds. Hornsby, who many considered one of the U.S. canoe/kayak team’s best shots at an Olympic medal, did not make the podium. The visibly disappointed Olympic hopeful got out of his boat and sat at the end of the finish dock where appeared to be consoled by his Canadian training partner. After several minutes, he slipped back into his kayak and paddled back to the boathouse without a nod to fans. • Jubilant Olympic qualifiers: Of all celebrations throughout Pan Ams, one of the most jubilant involved the Brazilian pair of Gilvan Roberio and Edson Silva, who won the Men’s K2 200 meters. Their jubilation erupted into splashes and broad grins from the water and continued on dock with hugs, cheers and photographs with team members and fans. Similar joyous displays as athletes realized dreams many esSee Pan Ams, page 54

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Reading ‘Blue Thunder’ brings back racing memories I just finished reading a book called “Blue Thunder,” by Thomas Bordick and Charlene Mitchell. It’s about how the mafia owned and finally murdered world boat racing champion Don Aronow. Aronow founded the boat companies of Formula, Donzi, Magnum, Cigarette, and Blue Thunder. Formula was later bought by Dick Genth who had Thunderbird Boats. I raced him one year in the St. Petersburg Boat Show Race. He beat me, but not by much. His passenger, besides his mechanicthrottleman was the older boy who played on the “Flipper” TV series. He was making a fool of himself at the trophy presentation, so I asked him what he did to win, he said nothing. I said exactly and he calmed down. The next time I saw Dick Genth I asked him where his noisy rider was and he said, “I got rid of him, thank God.” I first began to know about the Donzi boats after I won a marathon race in the Gulf of Mexico off Tierra Verde which is next to St. Petersburg, Fla. The race was presented by orchestra leader Guy Lombardo for the opening of his new hotel and nightclub. Lombardo was himself a racer in a 7 liter hydroplane called Tempo V. On my way to the dock I saw another race boat dead in the water, so I went to see if I could be of assistance. The boat was a 16’ Donzi that had run out of gas after the race. The driver was the plant manager for Donzi and a fellow worker. They both eventually drove for my Cobia/Mercury race team with much success. Every time I went to Miami I usually visited Thunderboat Ally, and there I met Don Aronow in almost the exact place where he was gunned down. That was the place to go if you wanted to discover the latest tricks in racing. The book not only talks about the mafia bosses, but a lot of guys I raced against. The night before the 1970 Bahamas 500 Aronow’s riding mechanic/throttleman “Knocky” House and I spent hours debating the pros and cons of certain set ups on race boats, of course a beer or two enlightened our discussion. That year a Bahamian driver won. I never did find out how Don and Knocky did, but I heard they had some sort of trouble. Our 27’ Magnum with triple outboards finished eighth or ninth out of 42 boats. Aronow’s most successful boat

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Legislative caucus meets about Lanier issues By Pamela A. Keene Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon when the Lake Lanier Legislative Caucus meets to discuss all things Lanier. The group will convene at Lanier Islands for a roundtable discussion among themselves in preparation for the Georgia General Assembly’s 2017 session. The meeting is open to the public to come as observers as these officials discuss a variety of issues, including boat titling legislation that will be proposed in

2017, long-term strategic funding for the Lake Lanier Association’s ongoing abandoned vessel removal, and concerns regarding siltation. A discussion about improvements at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park is also on the agenda. Chaired by Sen. Renee Unterman, the caucus comprises all the legislators from counties that touch Lanier. Local officials will also be invited. “This will be a chance for us to talk among ourselves about our accomplishments as well as issues facing the lake,”

Sen. Unterman said. “We will also be getting updates from several organizations, such as the Department of Natural Resources about the number of fatalities at the lake.” In the 2016 session, the Georgia Legislature earmarked $25,000 for the removal of abandoned vessels and derelict docks on Lanier. The funds will be administered through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to support the removal program spearheaded by the Lake Lanier Association.

The future of boating with rapid advances in technology With all the rapid advances in technology, what do you think the environment of boating will look like in just a few years? Sometimes I feel my age when discussing conventional navigation and boating safety to a class or seminar. Mercator projection is now a foreign term, charting is routinely performed by high speed GPS. No longer are the depths below you a secret – in full view with 3D sonar – even cameras that can peer below. Then there are night vision optics that can see the surface in darkness and inclement weather. There are countless more developments but I don’t have room to adequately discuss in a monthly article. With regards to the military, there is a new class of vessel that is now part of the US Navy, the USS Zumwalt DDG1000 (search Wikipedia to see a photo). As you can see it looks nothing like a normal warship. It almost features the flare of a WWI battleship or a dreadnought. What makes this vessel so unique is the 610’ stealth design paints a target about the size of a small fishing boat on the radar. It is so stealthy that it is considered a hazard to other navigation because of its invisibility by normal sensors found on commercial and pleasure type vessels. Pleasure boats and yachts are

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into different technologies. Rudder and propellers are substituted by extremely versatile water jets providing incredible speed and agility. What do I think boating will look like in a few years? Nothing compared to today! Even professional licensed education is morphing into ultra-modern requirements of training with advanced navigation systems such as electronic charting, high tech radar and sonar sensors, and cartography presentation in 3D satellite composite form. Some would question why we need to know the basics, the prerequisites in USCG licensing and boating safety. The simple answer: it all comes down to the decision you make when the moment on the water arrives. Depending on only one source of navigation and collision avoidance information can lead to increased risk. My glimpse of the future of boating: remarkable progress to the already vast array of choices of advanced electronics and systems. In the end, the basics will still be the foundation to safe boating as they are today. That basic component of boating safety will not change with time, just increase in scope and complexity. Steve Johnson, US Coast Guard (ret). is with CPO Johnson, Inc.

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‘Godzilla’ didn’t show up this winter Last fall, when we saw this “Godzilla El Nino” predicted, we thought we would see some really major rainfall through the winter and spring. There were some days in the winter where we did see heavier rains, but not to the extent we thought we would see with that strong of an El Nino. We had an extremely early start to spring. We saw near record high temperatures in March and April. Consequently, trees and plants began blooming early, soaking up the moisture from the soil. I have really been monitoring the rainfall since March 1st, the beginning of meteorological spring. I began noticing below average rainfall totals week by week. During the middle of last month, the U.S. Drought Monitor came out and showed much of north Georgia in moderate drought conditions. For now, the moderate drought conditions are not having an impact on lake levels. We are in great shape going into June. However, June is generally one of our drier months. We are now going from El Nino into a La Nina pattern. Instead of ocean warming in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, we are going to get ocean cooling. The cooler than average sea surface temperatures will begin to alter the normal global wind patterns in such a way that we could be in store for a long, hot, and dry summer. The

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LAKE LANIER WATER LEVELS OCT 1 1066.45 2 1066.48 3 1067.13 4 1067.89 5 1067.92 6 1067.91 7 1067.87 8 1067.84 9 1067.80 10 1067.97 11 1068.00 12 1067.98 13 1067.96 14 1067.85 15 1067.72 16 1067.59 17 1067.54 18 1067.54 19 1067.44 20 1067.41 21 1067.37 22 1067.31 23 1067.26 24 1067.27 25 1067.27 26 1067.35 27 1067.27 28 1067.25 29 1067.24 30 1067.22 31 1067.24 AV 1067.49 MAX 1068.00 MI 1066.45

NOV 1067.51 1068.60 1068.86 1068.97 1069.04 1069.13 1069.54 1069.78 1070.17 1070.33 1070.42 1070.41 1070.34 1070.40 1070.44 1070.39 1070.27 1070.83 1071.38 1071.48 1071.43 1071.39 1071.21 1071.01 1070.80 1070.58 1070.36 1070.41 1070.47 1070.47


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Wake for Warriors helps wounded veterans adjust to life after deployment By Pamela A. Keene After 28 years as a U.S. Marine, Lt. Col. (ret.) Dave Deep knows a few things about the scars of deployment. Coming home can be daunting, but for veterans facing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder or physical disabilities, finding a sense of normalcy can be more than challenging. “After seeing so many lifechanging injuries, we started looking for something that these veterans could do to stay active and look forward to,” says the

Delta pilot who lives on Lake Arrowhead in Northwest Georgia. “About five years ago, my neighbors and I hosted five to 10 vets to come wakeboarding on the lake, and it really caught on.” Deep continued to invite the warriors to the lake and eventually connected with Semper Fi Fund, a national group that provides services for all members of the military, not just Marines. It opened doors to a broader group of participants and additional financial support. He secured 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status so be

able to accept donations. At the Atlanta Boat Show, he connected with Perry and Jenny Serwitz, owners of Pull Watersports and a Tige boat dealer in Forsyth County. As a result, Tige has signed on as a major sponsor. Deep enlisted the help of his friend, graphic designer and wake surfer Levi Dills of Kennesaw, to develop the group’s logo and a “wow” paint job for the program’s boat. It’s a gray and red grinning shark that cuts a mean presence on the water. Wake for Warriors hosts multiPHOTO COURTESY OF WAKE FOR WARRIORS

Vets get a lifeline to the future through wakeboarding By Pamela A. Keene In 2006, a mortar exploded 10 feet from infantry Marine Ryan Sullivan. He suffered head, face and neck injuries and was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury as a result of the blast. Since then, Sullivan has tried a couple of times to get out on the water on a wakeboard, but it wasn’t until he met Dave Deep and Levi Dills that his dream of wakeboarding became reality. “In April, I was watching wake-surfing videos on Insta-

gram and saw #wakeforwarriors, so I sent a message and Dave got right back to me,” said Sullivan, who happened to be in Atlanta at the time training for his new job with the Federal Reserve. “Once he found out that I was here, he invited me out to his house for the weekend, and he and Levi got me up on the board within the first hour. Now I’m learning tricks and can’t believe I’m doing this.” Sullivan lives in Philadelphia, but he plans to make as many wake weekends as possible. He’ll be at Lake Lanier this summer

and will travel to New York in July for an event. “My 10-yearold daughter is coming to see me there, and she is so fired up,” he said. Sullivan said that Wake for Warriors has been more than a game-changer for him and the other veterans who participate. “It doesn’t just make me feel better for a day; it’s changed my future. This is something that I can enjoy and be good at. And it’s all because of what Dave and Levi are selflessly doing to help other veterans. They’re amazing.”

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ple events across the country on weekends. Typically, five to 10 veterans and their families take part so that they can spend oneon-one time with instructors and other participants. It also gives them the opportunity to meet new people, many of whom become fast friends. The program is funded by donations and sponsor organizations. One hundred percent of the money goes to benefit the veterans, to pay for plane tickets, transportation, food, lodging, gas for the boats and equipment. “We adapt the person to the gear so that more people can partici-

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n July 4 – Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, 9:45 p.m. Info: Lake Lanier Islands Resort n Thru Aug. 13 – LanierWorld opens for summer n July 1-4 – Independence Day Celebration includes: July 1, dancing 3-7 p.m. at Sunset Cove; Haywire Band from 7-11 p.m. on Sunset Cove Stage. July 2, all-day entertainment provided by KICKS 101.5; fireworks at 10 p.m. July 3, DJ performing 2-6 p.m. at Sunset Cove; fireworks at 10 p.m. Info: Northeast Georgia History Center n June 14 – Forum: New Gainesville Chautauqua – “Becoming America” with Patrick Henry. Info: Piedmont College n June 16, 18, 24, 26 – North Georgia Theatre’s 2016 Summer Season opens with Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Presented in the Black Box Theater at 7:30

By Pamela A. Keene In less than six weeks, Lake Lanier will be literally crawling with pirates eager to share their loot with three local charities: Camp Sunshine, Camp Twin Lakes and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County. Organizers have been at work since last year’s event and recently reported that registration is filling up for the 300 slots at this year’s Pirates of Lanier Poker Run. “Our traditional meet and greet on Thursday will be all new this year,” said John Woodruff, chairman emeritus of the board of Lanier Partners, which produces the world’s largest poker run for children’s charities. Last year, the group raised just under $380,000 during its three-day event. “(That Thursday) A casino party, plus a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament, will add to the excitement of the weekend. We already know that more than 100 people who follow poker tournaments from around the country will be coming to our event, just

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Lake Lanier area offers diverse habitat for birds By Jane Harrison The c-r-e-e-p … c-r-e-e-p … c-r-e-e-p of a Great Crested Flycatcher and joyous twittering of a Red-eyed Vireo serenaded a group walking the woods near a swath of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Lanier. The spring morning resounded with the songs, calls and shrill warnings of tree and brush dwellers as two dozen bird watchers treaded softly into their diverse habitat at the Linwood Nature Preserve in Gainesville. Led by nationally-known ornithologist Georgann Schmalz, the birders heard or sighted about 40 kinds of birds who live near the lake by choice or by chance. Schmalz, who taught at Fernbank

Birding at Linwood Ornithologist Georgann Schmalz identified 35 kinds of birds at Linwood Nature Preserve in last month’s bird walk. She and birders saw and/or heard the following birds on the 2-hour walk: Black Vulture 1 Osprey 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 Mourning Dove 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 White-eyed Vireo 4 Red-eyed Vireo 6 Blue Jay 4 American Crow 5 Carolina Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 4 Carolina Wren 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4 Eastern Bluebird 2 Wood Thrush 3 American Robin 1 Gray Catbird 1 European Starling 1 Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Common Yellowthroat 1 American Redstart 1 Cape May Warbler 1 Northern Parula 1 Bay-breasted Warble 3 Eastern Towhee 1 Scarlet Tanager 5 Northern Cardinal 1 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 3 Brown-headed Cowbird 4 American Goldfinch 1 Schmalz plans another bird walk at 8 a.m. June 30 at the Linwood Nature Preserve 415 Linwood Dr. The walk is free and no reservaions are needed.


An Indigo Bunting perches on a blackberry vine in Linwood Nature Preserve.

Science Center in DeKalb County for 28 years and is a three time past president of the Atlanta Audubon Society, identified by sight and sound the energetic creatures that fluttered in the tree canopy or preened in the open. The passive park presented an orchestra of chirps, tweets, and trills from the feathered performers mostly hidden by lush early May foliage. The ornithologist, whose research and workshops have helped national wildlife agencies inventory Southeastern birds, speculated that the Linwood preserve – a 33-acre bird sanctuary – is probably the best birding site on Lake Lanier. “Ninety percent of birding is heard only,” said the keen-eared Schmalz, encircled by bird lovers getting their auditory nerves in gear. Listening for the “pitch, tempo, rhythm, and behavior of the notes” helps birders identify species that are feeding, nesting, or just visiting. Sometimes it takes good ear-eye coordination – and binoculars – to actually spot the singer. About three months of the year, early spring to early summer, the varied environment near Lanier attracts part-time visitors. Migrating birds, such as hooded warblers, tanagers, and thrushes, seek “refuge from concrete,” Schmalz said. Stopover places, like Linwood or even a backyard with one or two trees, can make the difference between life and death for winged travelers. Some birds that seem atypical at an inland lake make the trip from seaside homes and stay on Lanier. Ospreys, Sea Gulls, and Terns – fish eaters – snatch their meals from the water year round on Lanier. Birds of prey – Bald eagles and even Cormorants – scan Lanier’s surface for a catch. Eagles swoop down and grab fish in outstretched talons and have been seen recently on the Chatta-


Birders led by ornithologist Georgann Schmalz, right, focus on birds near the native plant garden at the Linwood Nature Preserve.

hoochee River arm of the lake. The webbed feet of the large black and white winged Cormorant are useless as fish-snaggers, but they propel the diving bird underwater to hook fish and snakes in long curved beaks. Birders at Linwood were surprised to learn that the seabirds nest on Lanier’s islands or mainland shore. Most knew about Lanier’s Ospreys, often seen on tall trees jutting from shore and on the green trusses of Bolding Bridge on Dawsonville Highway at the Hall-Forsyth county line. Migrating ducks, such as Hooded Mergansers, stop in occasionally. Anglers see flocks with their white-marked hoods floating on the lake in early spring. Sea Gulls not only swoop and dip into Lanier year round, they also forage around shopping center parking lots and landfills. “A gull can go anywhere and do everything,” Schmalz said, joking about their versatility. “When I die, I want to come back as a gull … they can do everything.” Schmalz reported an incredible sighting of Loons at Tidwell Park in the past. About 600 of the spotted aquatic birds known for their haunting wail flocked to the park for a brief stop in winter. “The lake is great for overwintering water fowl,” Schmalz said, but it also has a sad downside. Most of its 38,000 acres were wooded before Buford Dam was built. The flooding of forest-

land destroyed bird and wildlife habitat and created 697 miles of shoreline, or edges. Predators – not just birds of prey, but snakes, possums, and raccoons – stalk birds and raid nests on Lanier’s edges. Schmalz remarked for that reason, she does not like edges. The life-long birder likened the area’s natural environment to a giant hamburger. Deciduous trees, vines, conifers, water, and brambles are “like condiments on a burger.” Take those away and the burger is flavorless. Sights and sounds of Linwood’s feathered inhabitants spiced up the morning. A male Bluebird flitted from the top of a park sign to a nearby tree. Binoculars focused toward the jungleesque yak of a Pileated Woodpecker near the native plant garden. A brilliant Indigo Bunting clung to budding blackberry

vines. Mourning Doves coo-ed and a Red Bellied woodpecker quirrrr-ed. An American Redstart sounded forth with its squeaky tsweet, tsweet as birders strained to view the orange and black warbler. A Wood Thrush piped in its own melodic trill. A rare Louisiana Waterthrush heralded its location near the creek. Grosbeaks, Towhees, and Cardinals foraged in the brambles. The keer-keer of a Red Shouldered Hawk alerted all below that the predator was on the hunt. Newcomer Sasha Comer was amazed at the variety of birds near her Lanier-area abode. Avian discoveries bring her peace. “I find (bird watching) very relaxing. It brings me closer to what I love most – the outdoors.” The diverse ecosystem of the lake seems to bring birds close to what they love, too.


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Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-967-6811 Website: 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: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sun. Types of fuel: Non-ethanol, 90 octane Price of fuel: (as of 5/26/16) $3.55 On-site eatery: Pig Tales Menu: BBQ, burgers, wings and more 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.


Hours of operation: Office, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., marina has 24/7 access. Phone: 770-887-5309 Website: 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 5/26/16) $3.49; $2.49 diesel (Dock open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri./Sat.) 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.


Hours of operation: Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days week Phone: 770-536-2171 Website: 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 5/26/16) $3.79 ((Dock open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 7 days a week; pay at pump until dark) On-site eatery: Skogies Menu: BBQ, 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 stations. Sales of new, used and brokerage boats, South Bay and Berkshire Pontoon Boats, Four Winns Deck/Sport Boats/Cruisers and Yamaha Outboard.


Hours of operation: Office/Store/Dock, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,

Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. Phone: 770-887-5432 Website: Location: 2200 Habersham Marina Rd., Cumming Types of slips available: 600 slips for dry storage up to 28’ Store: Yes Types of fuel: 90 Recreational fuel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 5/26/16) $3.59 Security: Yes Additional amenities: Repair services, detailing and bottom cleaning. Also bathroom and shower facilities are available.

Security: 24/7 surveillance monitoring Full Service Department: Barefoot Boating, 770-820-5949 Boat Club: Carefree Boat Club, 770-361-5501 Additional Amenities: Free pump out for customers, trailer storage, dock carts, ice available, boat detailing service; Dry Stack - smartphone app to control launch/retrieval of boat, Pre-Fueling service, wash racks; Wet Slips - gated/private parking, golf cart valet service, in-slip pump out, weekend newspaper delivery



Hours of operation: Office/Store/Dock—8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sun. Phone: 770-967-5500 Website: Location: 6334 Mitchell St., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Wet (510) Dry (150) Showroom: Atlanta Marine Type of Fuel: 90 octane, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 5/26/16) $3.39 On-site eatery: Fish Tales Lakeside Grille Menu: Grouper fingers, sandwiches, salads and more Security: 24/7 manned security Showroom: Atlanta Marine Additional amenities: Full Maintenance, Repair and Service on site: Harbor Marine & Associates. Bathhouse w/ locked showers and AC, laundry, pump out, trailer storage.

Hours of operation: Office, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-887-5715 Website: Location: 8800 Port Royale Dr., Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncovered, 20' to 80'; covered, 24' to 106' totaling 514 slips & dry stack storage (470) for up to 39'. Store/Dock hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., 7 days a week (Pay at the pump closes same time as restaurant.) Store: Service Store & Ship Store Types of fuel: 90-octane Price of fuel: (as of 5/26/16) $3.69 On-site eatery: Pelican Pete's Bar and Grill Menu: Burgers and more Security: Gated, 24/7 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.


Hours of operation:Office/Store/Dock, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sun. Phone: 770-945-7201 Website: 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 5/26/16): $4.69 premium; $3.79 unleaded; $2.99 diesel (5 percent discount with Westrec advantage membership) On-site eatery: The Twisted Oar Menu: Fresh seafood to savory chicken and steak Phone: 678 714-7572 Security: 24/7 Additional amenities: Boat rentals, repair service, pumpout station, boat sales, TowBoat US


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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 Location: 6700 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford Types of slips available: Concrete Wet Slips from 50 - 125 foot covered & 100 foot open slips; 554 covered dry stack spaces up to 36 feet Types of fuel: 90 Non-ethanol marine fuel treated with ValvTect; diesel Price of fuel: (as of 5/26/16) $3.79 premium; $3.01 diesel

Hours of operation: Office/Store/Dock, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat./Sun. Phone: 770-536-8599 Website: Location: 5725 Flat Creek Rd., Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncovered-20-70'; Covered-2450'; 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 5/26/16) $3.59 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.


Hours of operation: noon to midnight, 7 days a week Phone: 678 304-3157 Website: Location: 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. Types of slips available: 40’x16’ covered, floating concrete dock Store: Yes Types of fuel: midgrade 89 & 93 premium octane, w/Valvetech Price of fuel: (as of 5/26/16) $3.50 midgrade, $3.60 premium, Nautical Club discount: $1 per gallon On-site eatery: Various restaurants at Lanier Islands Security: 24/7 Additional amenities: Lanier Islands

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Lakeside’s Dining Guide Lakeview Dining Big Creek Tavern – lunch, dinner seven days a week; 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. Mon. Thurs, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Fri. and Sat. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sun. from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8050 Big Creek Rd., Buford. B-3, 678482-1662. Bullfrogs Restaurant – Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner daily. This Southern Gastro Pub features re-imagined traditional Southern fare and variety of drink options from full-service bar. Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. 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 Wed.-Sun. for lunch & dinner. Hideaway Bay Marina. C-3, 770-9673775. Pelican Pete’s – Picturesque dining on the water at Port Royale in open-air thatched-roof building. Selection of sandwiches, burgers, fish and more. Call for hours. B-2, 770-887-5715 ext 5. Pig Tales - Casual lakeside dining featuring BBQ, burgers, wings and more. Great customer service, full service bar with draft beer, wine & mixed drinks, live music on weekends. Seasonal. Reopens Mar. 1. Aqualand Marina, Flowery Branch. C-3,678-828-7676, www.PigTales LakeLanier. com. Sidney’s Restaurant (formerly Windows) – Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort and overlooks Lake Lanier. Appetizers, entrees, and deserts using the finest ingredients from local and family owned farms from around the South Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787, 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. Hours: Fri, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon Thurs, closed. Gainesville Marina. C-1 678 4501310; Sunset Cove Beach Club – An open-air eatery on a quiet stretch of beach near LanierWorld at Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner daily Apr.-Oct., Nightly 5-10 p.m. Dec.-Feb. View 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. Boardwalk eateries: Dockside Bar & Sunset Cantina (Tex-Mex), Sweet Water Shrimp Shack, Paradise Fruit & Smoothies. By water, Sunset Cove is between buoys 7SC and 5SC. Buford. B-3, 770-9458787. The Twisted Oar - Holiday Marina. Offering fresh seafood to savory chicken and steak; casual dining. Full bar service, tropical and frozen drinks. Live entertainment, trivia, indoor/outdoor flat screen TVs. twistedoar, C-3, 678 714-7572 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. 5510 Church Street, Flowery Branch, C-3, 770-965-8100. 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. 1920 Freedom Pkwy., just off Ga. Hwy. 400, Cumming. A-3, 678-456-8932. Branch House Tavern - The ultimate sports restaurant in Hall County offers a selection of hamburgers, wings, hearty salads, southwestern grill fare, and a huge selection of appetizers and desserts. Big screen sports action on 50 HD TVs, and live entertainment. Also featuring a full bar and dancing all night long. Take out available. 5466 McEver Rd., Flowery Branch, C-3, 678828-8345 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. C3,, 770-945-9181. Collegiate – Old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs and milk shakes served in 1940s setting. 220 Main Street SW, Gainesville. C-2, 678-9892280. Foster House – Restaurant and special events facility. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m.; Lunch Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2, Sun. lunch buffet 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner - Country buffet and music, Fri. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 305 West Main St., 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. Casual. 365 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming. A-3, 770-8860100. Two Dog Café – Classic small town diner with an emphasis on fresh food and fast service for lunch and dinner. 317 Spring St. Gainesville. C2, 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). 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. 1810 S. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-482-2200; 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.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 5 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Live piano music Thurs.-Sat. 15 East Main St., Buford. B-3, 678 754-0379. Aqua Terra Bistro – European fusion cuisine served daily. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon.Fri.; noon-2:30 p.m., Sat.; Dinner 5-10 p.m., Mon.-Sun. 55 East Main St., Buford. No reservations. B-3, 770-271-3000. Blue Bicycle – Chef owned and operated bistro. Open Tue.-Sat.; Lunch 11 a.m-4 p.m.; Dinner 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Lo-

cated on 30 Industrial Park Rd, Dawsonville, B1, 706-265-2153. Corkscrew Café – Fine dining featuring varied menu choices, open lunch and dinner. Hours: Tues.-Fri.; 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat./Sun. Brunch11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Dinner 4-11 p.m. 51 West Main St., Dahlonega. 706-867-8551. Luna’s – Continental cuisine, romantic atmosphere. 200 Main St., Gainesville. C-2, 770-5310848. Oar House in Dahlonega – Specialties: handcut steaks, seafood dishes and homemade desserts, “everything homemade from the bread to the pickles.” 3072 Hwy 52, 4 miles east of Dahlonega. D-1. Closed for renovations. 706864-9983. Poor Richard’s – Specializing in Prime Rib, steaks, ribs and fresh seafood. Casual dining, dinner only. Full-service bar. 1702 Park Hill Dr., Gainesville. C-1, 770-532-0499. Scott’s Downtown – Upscale casual ambience with specialty sandwiches for lunch and gourmet entrees for dinner. 131 Bradford St. NW, Gainesville. C-2. 770-536-1111. Sperata - Continental fine dining in its 11th year. Private dining available. Lunch Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dinner 4:30 p.m. Mon.Sat., Sun. 2:30-9 p.m. Buford. B-4. 678 7657911, Barbecue/Country/Home Cooking Johnny’s BBQ – Real Pit BBQ pork, chicken & ribs. Brunswick stew. Minutes from Clark’s Bridge rowing venue. 1710 Cleveland Hwy., Gainesville. Casual. D-1, 770-536-2100. Old McDonald’s BBQ – Real Pit BBQ, Brunswick stew, ribs. Minutes from Lake Lanier. Casual. Tues. - Thurs., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 5774 Holiday Rd., Buford. B-3, 770945-8608. Deli Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe – Light breakfast, lunch and dinner and desserts followed by fresh roasted coffee. 5510 Main St., 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. Halfprice bottles of wine on Mon. nights, half-price appetizers from 5-7 p.m. on Tues. and endless pasta on Weds. Dominick’s is open Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch; Dinner : Sun.-Thur. 59 p.m., Fri./Sat. 5-10 p.m. Located at the corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center., Buford. B-3, 770614-0019. Gianni’s Italian Bistro – serves pizza, subs and pasta. Located at LanierWorld at Lanier Islands Resort. Open daily May-October; Nightly 5-10 p.m. Dec-Feb. www.lanierislands. com. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. Piazza – Features traditional Italian dishes, homemade raviolis, pizza, chicken, veal and seafood specialities. Open 7 days a week: 11;30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri./Sat. Located on 24 East Main St., Dahlonega. B-1. 706-867-9881. Vinny’s New York Pizza & Grill – New Yorkstyle 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, 678-482-9966. Mexican La Cazuela – An Atlanta area landmark with two locations around Lanier. Features fajitas, selection of combination platters and more. 4965 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford, B-4 770-6146871. Oriental Kenzo Sushi – Sushi & Japanese Steak, Teriyaki & Fried Rice. Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat. 12-3 p.m. Dinner Sun.-Thur. 4:30-10 p.m.; Fri. 4:30-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 3-10:30 p.m. 4977 Lanier Islands Pkwy, #108, Buford. B-4, 678-288-9050. 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. 2096 Buford Dam Rd., Buford. B4, 770-945-3350.

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Sailing Classes • Windsong Sailing Academy: Basic and advanced sailing training and certifications including engine maintenance, marine electrical systems, coastal and celestial navigation as well as marine meteorology offered by Windsong Sailing Academy through the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Service. Public and private week evening and weekend classes available. Fees vary. (770) 967-1515.

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Boating Safely & Personal Watercraft Certification - USCGA • Course: NASBLA certified entry level classroom-only course with test for boater education and PWC certification. Covers basic boating terminology, “rules of the road,” navigation, operation, legal requirements, emergencies, water etiquette and more. • Instructors: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers • Minimum age: 12, students 12-15 receive PWC certification. • When: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Bring sack lunch) Jun 7 & 18, Jul 9, Aug 13, Sept 17, Oct 15 • Where: U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 29, 6595 Lights Ferry Rd., Flowery Branch • Cost: Individuals $35. Family discount - 2 or more members $25 each • Private lessons also available for groups or organizations outside normal schedule by calling Flotilla Commander Joe Edwards, 404-775-2608. • Information/registration: Pre-registration required. Contact Ricky Ashe, Public Education Officer, at 770 833-8935/ On-Line Courses • and include study guide and Georgia Certification Exam with unlimited exam attempts; cost is $29.50 payable upon exam passage. Temporary certificate printed upon passage; permanent card mailed. • offers free course, exam and print your own certificate; mailed certificate $5. • Other certification courses offered at,, and Other Boater Education Opportunities (Certification exam not included) • Professional Tutoring: Captain’s Training, 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.,, 770-3120989. • Advanced Boating Classes in piloting, marine communications, and other boating skills offered periodically by the Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron. Vessel Safety Checks • Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron offers vessel safety check-ups by appointment. • Vessel Safety Checks by appointment: Both U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons offer vessel safety check-ups at your boat by appointment.

Frances Meadows Aquatics and Community Center • Location: 1545 Community Way, Gainesville. • Information/registration: (770) 533-5850, • Lessons: Swimming and water safety program for all ages and levels, age 6 months to masters, basic aquatics safety to skill proficiency for competitive swimmers, lifeguard training. • Splash Aquatic Club: Competitive swimming groups for Rookie (age 4) through Masters (age 18 and older to improve fitness, develop better technique, or train for competition. Cumming Aquatic Center • Location: 201 Aquatic Circle, Cumming • Information/registration: (770) 781-1781 (register online) • Lessons: 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. Private or semiprivate lessons available. Fees and schedules vary. Competitive swimming and diving programs, Masters Swim Team also available. Lifeguard certification offered. Brenau University • Location: Brenau Fitness Center, 500 Washington St., SE, Gainesville • Information/registration:, Blaire Bachman, (770) 534-6279, • Lessons: Custom private swim lessons for all ages and abilities. Brenau Masters Swim Team offers practice and competitive program for swimmers of all levels, high school age and older. University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus • Location: 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood • Information/registration:, (678) 717-2377 • Swim lessons: For ages 3 (must be potty trained) and older range from introduction to water skills to swimming and skill proficiency. Check website for dates. Georgia Mountain YMCA • Location: 2455 Howard Rd., Gainesville • Information/registration:, 770-297-9622 • Swim lessons: For all ages and levels, parent-child swim, Masters Swim Program, water fitness, water safety, life guard certification. Fees and times vary. NOTE: Please contact Lakeside on Lanier News to list additionalboating and water safety classes.

• USCGA Continued from Page 8 the guest’s condition and prevented their injury or death. So you may ask yourself what is a sober and otherwise competent skipper supposed to do? For one thing, the skipper should limit the amount of alcohol consumed aboard the boat and stop serving drinks to someone who is intoxicated.” The skipper

should also ask that such guests should be instructed to remain seated at all times while underway and you should do your best to make sure they comply. You may also want to consider not inviting friends who have a problem with alcohol. FRoy Crittenden is the Public Affairs Officer for Flotilla 29.

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A laid-back look at the natural, historical Myrtle Beach South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach is renowned for a carnival atmosphere of putt putt golf, 60 miles of beaches, franchise eateries and many nice public golf courses, but I was lucky enough to find a different world within this artificial madness! With a couple of exceptions, this magical revelation was centered around the old fishing village of Murrells Inlet. Even before beginning my exploration of the area, I was lucky enough to find the perfect place to stay. The Inlet Sports Lodge ( is located ideally near the center of Murrells Inlet, and despite being slightly off the main roads, it is one of my best lodging experiences ever. The staff is friendly, very efficient and the rooms are spacious with useful amenities. Visitors soon discover that Murrells Inlet is a laid-back village with a history that includes the famous pirate Blackbeard ... plus the invention of hushpuppies. Local ghost stories abound in the community, and the town is complete with colorful characters ... many of whom still make a living from the bounty of the sea. The best place to immerse yourself into this one of a kind place is by walking the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk that is dotted with open air restaurants and bars along a wooden boardwalk next to moored fishing boats. My favorite of these places is the Dead Dog Saloon, which offers a cornucopia of artifacts and memorabilia hanging on walls or from the ceiling throughout the establishment. Nevertheless, from the honey butter covered hushpuppies to the fresh seafood ... to the constant party atmosphere that is complete with live music, the Dead Dog Saloon is the prime spot to spend an unforgettable evening in Murrells Inlet. Using the Inlet Sports Lodge as a base, I was able to find and experience many other wonderful adventures. Since I love being in or close to the water and nature, I found a way to fish and explore with the help of the friendly folks at the Black River Outdoor Center (www.blackriveroutdoors. com). Their guided kayak eco tours through the marshes or the Waccamaw River are both educational and picturesque, and their kayak fishing guides can take you into shallow areas where the big fish go to feed. Another nearby setting of beauty and nature is the Brookgreen Gardens (www.brook-

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n MORE INFO: 770-289-1543 ALL PHOTOS BY BILL VANDERFORD that boasts many interesting sculptures and colorful gardens. However, I was more attracted to their Lowcountry Zoo which is home to many wild species of birds, animals and reptiles that can be viewed at very close range. The real natural jewel of the Myrtle Beach area is Huntington Beach State Park ( a perfect combination of quiet beaches, salt marshes, coastal woods, walking trails, a stone castle and an abundance of wildlife and birds. The stone castle inside the park is a Moorish style structure named Atalaya by artist, Anna Hyatt Huntington. The castle is full of interesting rooms where the Huntingtons and their staff lived and Mrs. Huntington painted. No trip to the Myrtle Beach area would be complete without sampling one of the fabulous golf courses, and I found probably the best public golf course I have ever played. Though it was necessary to drive almost an hour to the

Inside the courtyard at Atalaya at Huntington Beach State Park.

northern shore of Myrtle Beach, the Tidewater Golf Club ( was well worth the drive. It has been named one of America’s top 100 Public Courses by Golf Digest multiple times and is often among the top 10 courses in South Carolina. All those honors are fine, but they pale in comparison to the beauty visitors see when playing this ocean course! During my visit to Myrtle Beach this time, I purposely stayed away from the high rises, roller coasters, putt putt golf and neon lights. Instead, I discovered Along the Murrells Inlet marsh walk. a natural world of outdoor beauty near a village full of history, ghosts and unforgettable characters. 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.

One of the holes at the Tidewater Golf Club, above. The marsh after sunset near Murrells Inlet, below.

A bald eagle at the Lowcountry Zoo in Brookgreen Gardens, top left. A night heron wading and a snowy egret among the cypress knees at Huntington Beach State Park, above and bottom left.

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Custom designed and built by owner on private lot. Spacious 2 story brick traditional near Corps line w/amazing panoramic views & gentle short walk to dock. Open, light kitchen w/custom cabs, new paint, carpet and unfinished basement w/10 ft ceiings & stubbed for BA & kitchen. Basement has been waterproofed w/ a lifetime warranty, unbelievable space and ready to finish. Great lake home is close to entertainment, shopping, downtown Gainesville and NE GA Medical Center.

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00 $629,9 North Hall home located in prestigious North Gate Manor. Custom built w/attention to detail throughout. Great home for growing family. Outdoor fireplace & patio & veranda. Paved dog pad w/side walk, 4 sides brick. Finished terrace level w/bar & ice maker. Many, many great features. Security.

00 $499,9 South Sailing Waters! Enjoy a charming South Lake Lanier cottage on highly desirable and much sought after lake lot with Army Corp line approx. 5ft from water’s edge! Features include, single slip covered dock w/party deck in deep water; big water views; 2 stone fireplaces; wood floors thru out; double decks; gas cooktop; stone countertops; sleeping loft and much more! Oozing with lots of lake charm & character and absolutely best “find” on Lake Lanier.



Beautiful home in Village at Deaton Creek. 2 bedroom, 2 bath with den/office in Georgia’s award winning 55+ community in Hoschton. 3 years new, this home offers large corner lot, extended brick patio, stainless steel appliances, wood floors, designer crown molding and bright & open floor plan. Come join the excitement and feel younger next year!

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Always dreamed of living on Lake Lanier? This lake home, w/single slip dock, is spacious enough for a primary residence or weekend retreats. Features include 4 BR/4.5 BA, master on main, open kitchen, front porch & exterior decks, finished terrace level, bonus rm & dbl gar. Conveniently located to I-985, Botanical Gardens, shopping, restaurants and Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Very easy walking path to dock. North side of lake close to Laurel Park w/ paved walking trails, picnic area, dog park and more.

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Meticulously maintained Lake Lanier home. Enjoy the single slip dock or relax by the fire pit. Spacious 4 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom home, with basement, features granite countertops, gas cooktop/oven, large kitchen open to great room, wood deck for entertaining, rocking chair front porch and lighted path to dock. Hurry this home will not last!



Almost new home in Cresswind at Lake Lanier, active adult 55+ lake community. This handsome ranch home offers many upgrades such as, richly stained wood floors thru-out; fireplace; unfinished bonus room; designer kitchen with stainless steel & granite; den/office; spacious master suite with large master bathroom and private interior lot. Gated, swim/tennis community, offers grandiose club house with many amenities and numerous active clubs for homeowners.


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CLASSIFIEDS BOATS Pontoon for sale: 2007 Bentley pontoon boat 50 HP Mercury motor. Excellent condition. Tan with burgundy top and tan interior. Totally redone 2-13, $11,500 (payoff) call Archie at 678628-6808.

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3575 Bonneville Drive, Cumming, Come build your dream home on 0.23 acres in Shady Shores. $29,900 Call Christy Scally, KW, 404660-2919 cell, 5910 Leaning Rock Pl, Cumming. Fabulous 3BR/3.5BA well maintained, lake view home. One mile from Tidwell boat ramp and park. $299,900. Call Christy Scally, KW, 404-6602919, 344 Rainey Dr, Dawsonville. Charming 3BR/3BA craftsman home best of both worlds close to Lake Lanier and mountains on cul-desac. $192,900 Call Christy Scally, KW, 404660-2919

PWC LIFTS Drive on PWC lifts, new and used. Wave Armor brand. Hendrix Dock Service, 770 4034899, 770 889-0929. New and used boat lifts and dock accessories. AA Dock Supply, 678 807-7777.

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