Monday, November 30, 2009

Second meeting on alcohol ordinance Wednesday at 10:00 AM

Good Morning All, This email is a reminder of the upcoming Economic Development Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd at 10 am to discuss the Alcohol Ordinance in regards to the C-2 district. This meeting will be held at the Economic Development Building (400 Osborne St.). Thank you, Renee Coakley Executive Assistant St. Marys Economic Development 400 Osborne Street St. Marys GA 31558 Phone: 912-882-8111 Fax: 912-882-8231 E-Mail: renee@stmarysdda.com Website: www.stmarysdda.co All the controversy about the distance between bars and churches and how to measure the distances will be up for dicussion.

County commission meeting tomorrow at 6:00 PM.

Note: 5:00 PM work session on master land use plan. Regular meeting agenda: http://www.co.camden.ga.us/archive.aspx?AMID=&Type=&ADID=657 Proposed changes to Unified Development Code: UDC http://www.co.camden.ga.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1427

In 1996, the DOJ certification ball on plurality voting was last in the court of City Manager Mike "Ming-the-Merciless" Mahaney; not Terry Floyd!

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Clarification: While the letter does not specifically mention switching from majority to plurality, that change was part and parcel to the redistricting change referenced in the letter. Mr. Mahaney would have been well aware of that. Suggestions that Mr. Floyd did not submit the request for DOJ certfication out of some sort of fit of pique or misfeasance are both baseless calumnys upon the memory of a fine attorney.
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hagedorn/visual.htm

Coyote population on the rise in South Georgia

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-29/story/coyotes_becoming_problem_in_south_georgia

Sunday, November 29, 2009

"What is a moral way to raise a chicken?" ???

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/moral-raise-food/story?id=9177569&page=1

Kingfish Feller, the consummate vote whore, is at it again!

From Topix, Kingsland, 11/29/2009 sandy feller it will be a sad day. county workers are still under the "Berry silence law". that is that they can be fired for any reason, or no reason at all". they use the internet to blow the whistle or complain about working conditions. If I ever get on the commission again I intend to work toget that law repealed. Before it's over, watch for Kingfish to promise all county employees FREE health insurance, take-home vehicles, and two pheasants in every pot!

Sunday Funnies; Volume 92.

You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on... If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this: COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you? COSTELLO: Thanks I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer. ABBOTT: Mac? COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou. ABBOTT: Your computer? COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one. ABBOTT: Mac? COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou. ABBOTT: What about Windows? COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here? ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows? COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows? ABBOTT: Wallpaper. COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software. ABBOTT: Software for Windows? COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have? ABBOTT: Office. COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything? ABBOTT: I just did. COSTELLO: You just did what? ABBOTT: Recommend something. COSTELLO: You recommended something? ABBOTT: Yes. COSTELLO: For my office? ABBOTT: Yes. COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office? ABBOTT: Office. COSTELLO: Yes, for my office! ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows. COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need? ABBOTT: Word. COSTELLO: What word? ABBOTT: Word in Office. COSTELLO: The only word in office is office. ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows. COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows? ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'. COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue 'w' if you don't start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with? ABBOTT: Money. COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have? ABBOTT: Money. COSTELLO: I need money to track my money? ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer. COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer? ABBOTT: Money. COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer? ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge. COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much? ABBOTT: One copy. COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money? ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money. COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money? ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT! (A few days later) ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you? COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off? ABBOTT: Click on 'START'.............

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Now comes this from Jim Stein via Ed Clary via Charles Davis.

Click on image to enlarge For those who may not know, the late Terry Floyd was the city attorney at the time. While we may well change in the future to majority voting, I would not hold my breath waiting for the DOJ or the Secrtary of State to overturn the results of this last election if the above assertion proves to be true.

Very interesting. Very interesting, indeed. Stay tuned!

Rick Rogers Seattle, WA Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #1 48 min ago Topix has provided me with a list of IP addresses and some of you just can't help but post from a gov't computer. Thanks to Topix for making it so easy. Amazing!!!!!!!!!! Next stop a judge.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

An absolutely scurrilous calumny, of course, and, hopefully, one that Charlene would disavow.

sears friend Prosperity, SC Reply » |Report Abuse |Judge it! |#3 11 min ago Hungry 4 Turkey wrote: He came dangerously close to the boaters Thanksgiving when he decided to roll downtown. He got frustrated when couldn't break line using his "disability" ahead of the crowds who heard he was coming to Aunt B's. He almost had to resort to fast food. He made some very rude comments regarding a family of color and their using a credit card to pay for dinner. It seems to me that the man is becoming quite the racist in his old age. First the Walmart incident (BTW, I have since heard other versions than his) and some other comments have me wondering if his bid for CCBoC might be on the white power ticket. It is odd

The St. Marys yachtsmens' Thanksgiving.

While waiting for the line to slack at Aunt B's, I went down to the waterfront. At 1:00 PM, I counted 40 yachts (mostly sailboats) riding at anchor or secured to mooring buoys. Lang's dock appeared to be full to capacity but there was no way of telling how many of those were locals versus visitors. There was a line out the door from Seagles all the way tot he opposite end of the block on Osborne.Most of them looked about the right age and dress to be visiting boat owners. Doug Vaught (in shorts and sandals, of course) was in the median recording the line with his cell phone. Also in the median was a guy in his 50s clutching a large, long -stemmed glass full of red wine. From the looks of him, it was not his first of the day. A wet run of the new festival zoning? So, you might ask, why did I go down there. Normally, I don't give a damn what the DMA is up to so long as it does not involve a subsidy from the taxpayers. Well, an old friend sent me an e-mail this morning and suggested that I check it out. He pointed out how these people who stop over might very well like to go shopping in parts of town other than downtown, but have no transportation. I think the subliminal message was that perhaps the community should do something about that. Okay. If some private individuals want to volunteer as a taxi service, fine. However, I see no role for the taxpayers in this. It would seem to me that the ideal solution would be for the DMA to rent one or two vans for the day. Doug Vaught and Greg Bird would no doubt drive them around. Don't look for that to happen, though. Most DMA members are quintessential dogs-in-the-manger. The idea of transporting the boaters and their credit cards much more than a block away from their own cash registers would be absolutely anathema to them all. Not a very far sighted bunch.

Black Thursday at Aunt B's!

Between 10:30 and 3:00 today, the guys and gals at Aunt B's sold 805 dinners! That does not count the dozens of children under 3 who ate for free. By 2:40, customers had consumed every last morsel of the 39 large turkeys the ladies had roasted! When I made my first attempt at 12:45, the line was out the door and down to the Zoot Suit shop. I deferred and went down to the waterfront to see how big a deal the Thanksgiving yachtsmens' dinner was. More about that later. When I came back about 1:45. the line was not quite to the end of Aunt B's building. I went ahead and got into line. When I got to the cashier, she told me that the line had started forming at 10:00. By 11:00 or so, it was out the door and down to Mail-n'-More. There's no doubt the ladies were a bit surprised, and pleasantly so. I saw gobs of people there who were there today for the first time. Before you folks with JDS ask, here's how I know. I was seated on the row closest to the front serving line and right at the end of the line. A rather high percentage of people did not know that the waitresses served the drinks, where the silverware was, etc. I guess the advertising in the T&G, on K-Bay, and my free running of their menu a couple of times really paid off. It could not have happened to nicer folks. Needless to say, the food was delicious, as always. Aunt B's will be closed tomorrow for a well deserved rest but open again on Saturday. Oh, and just a suggestion for some customers: Next year, have the fore thought to arrive with adequate cash and leave the time-consuming credit cards in your wallet. Those of us who already do would appreciate it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Especially those poor devils afflicted with JDS.
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/tgproclamation.html

Bon voyage, Charles!

A fine exemplar of the kind of parochial, xenophobic hatred of "damned outsiders" and the poisonous, self-defeating, class envy which plague this community. Charles, you done your tribe proud! http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2009/11/25/opinion/letters/03letter11.25.txt

White Oak man nabbed minutes after robbing bank at 17 & 82 in Glynn County.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-25/story/white_oak_ga_man_arrested_minutes_after_bank_robbed

Monday, November 23, 2009

Paula Deen catches a ham in the chops but keeps on going.

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/21699504/detail.html#
Win an autographed, first-edition copy of Steve Berry's latest nove, The Paris Vendetta http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/468745/d682272834/1668001270/d0d1e811dd/

Hmm, a "dog park." I could go for that.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-23/story/new_brunswick_dog_park_will_be_named_for_one_mans_best_friend

No, Jeff, it's not "sad." It's called intellectual objectivity and integrity.

Jeff Stanford Saint Marys, GA Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #1 12 hrs ago Its funny how all these folks preach about being class envious. About the "rich" and "elite". But folks like Jay are in the bottom percentile of the income chart. Yet these guys will do anything to protect the truly "rich" and "elite" that will have nothing to do with them. truly sad. I don't subscribe to the leftist victims' zero sum game theory of economics. The "rich" have never done me wrong. In fact, they have provided me with gainful employment for 40 years before I became disabled. Facts are what they are regardless of the net worth or social status of the individual perceiving those facts. Envy is entirely pathological and destructive, especially to the extent that it grossly distorts the perception of reality of those so afflicted. That extends beyond the personal and into the social, as it clearly has in St. Marys, to the detrimemt of the community. Some folks have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of wealth and social status. To the extent that they have achieved same, good for them, if that's what floats their boat. Personally, so long as I have a warm bed,three squares, and, way more importantly, the extreme good fortune of living in the greatest country on Earth where I can say what I mean and mean what I say, I'm quite happy. Sorry to disappoint anyone who fervently wishes that that were not the case. 4:26 PM: Liar Alert! I just got a call from the real Jeff Stanford, the FBO at the St.Marys Airport. He did not post that garbage on TOPIX. I had rather suspected as much. Unless it was another "Jeff Stanford" that neither he nor I know of, then it was just some more garbage from the kind of cowardly, lying, anonymous, human debris one typically encounters on TOPIX, Kingsland. It could well be a Feller operative as the old black-hearted whack job was quick to join the chorus of hyenas on Topix. http://www.topix.com/forum/city/kingsland-ga/TJRN2A9H16COGLDDI

Sunday, November 22, 2009

99 & 44/100 % pure, pernicious, class envious, populist, horse hockey!

Ace Marietta, GA Reply » |Report Abuse |Judge it! |#37 1 hr ago it all boils down to the wealthy make decisions for the less wealthy- who else has the time to piddle in politics? So buy a house at Osprey and spread the word and the wealth. Look at Congress-look at the people with money-no common man sits in Congress. It takes money to control money. Not fair for sure and this is the way it has always been. Nothing new! Just be cautious when voting. Again, mostly rich folks vote. The common man is too busy worrying how to put food on his table and pay his bills. Sad but so true.

Just in case you missed Aunt B's Thanksgiving Day menu the first time, here it is again.

http://camdencommentary.blogspot.com/2009/11/aunt-bs-thanksgiving-day-menu.html

Bam! It's just that simple! :-)

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe?id=7289492

Old Savannah City Mission serves 6,248 at 12th annual Day of Great Thanksgiving.

http://savannahnow.com/news/2009-11-22/record-turkey-dinners-dished-forsyth-park Check out the photos.

Savannah's industrial "megasite" comes to grips with current economic realities.

http://savannahnow.com/news/2009-11-22/taking-mega-out-megasite

Sunday Funnies; Volume 91.

Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep. Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, "Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?" The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars." "What that tell you?" asked Tonto. The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What's it tell you, Tonto?' "You dumber than buffalo poop. It mean someone stole the tent."

St. Marys' pernicious class envy makes front page.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-22/story/some_in_st_marys_push_for_new_election_format If we are going to legislate any changes, then let's do it all and do it right. Firstly, let's seek approval for 6, well defined districts with roughly equal populations - based upon NUMBERS of residents ONLY - not relative wealth, race, downtown business interests, etc. Only residents of that district could run for that district seat and only residents of that district could vote for them. Secondly, go back to majority voting with run offs. Update @ 4:07 PM: Check out would-be proletarian Field Marshal Kingfish Feller's take on the latest "battle" in the local class wars. http://www.camdenganews.com/blog/

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another Walmart "incident" narrowly avoided!

It's a damned good thing I can't walk. If I could, things could have gotten ugly at register 12. At 5:04 this afternoon, I pulled my wheelchair into register 12, the one with the sign which plainly reads "Speedy Checkout: 20 Items or Less." As I pulled up with my cloth bag around my neck containing 4 items, there was a young black woman (early 20's) ahead of me. She was the only one in line. She had a sleeping infant in a car carrier braced into the child's seat of the cart. As soon as she started unloading cans of Similac onto the belt, I thought "WIC coupons." After nine cans of Similac, out came the usual two large boxes of cereal (adult cereal), the cans of fruit juice, and a package of cheese slices that must have gone 5 pounds. Naturally, that turned out to be larger than the size WIC allows. No problem. The clerk paged an assistant manager who took the over- sized cheese and went off on an eight minute search for the right size. Did it occur to the woman to say "Never mind, I'll get the cheese next time," given that there were now 4 more customers waiting behind me? Of course not. Don't be silly. This was a member of the womb-to-tomb, Democrat -dependent generation. Now, about time she had unloaded her 28th item in the 20 or less line, the apparent sperm donor, an early 20ish black male who looked like he could have suited up tonight and played first-team tight end for the Wildcats, came up and broke into line ahead of me to join the receptacle. He plopped 4 of the very largest bags of different Lay's chip products onto the belt. No store brands for these two - no sir! Naturally, when the clerk finally got through going through all of the interminable crap with the WIC coupons and the hapless asst. manager finally returned with the right cheese, then the receptacle pulled out her food stamp EFT card and paid for the premium chips. This whole affair took 16 minutes. To fully appreciate how pissed I was, let me describe these two thoughtless ingrates. The sperm donor had on a dirty white T-shirt, a pair of droopy, silky, athletic shorts, black socks, and down-at- the-heel, cheap, cloth, bedroom slippers. He had no doubt been lounging around their Section 8 pad all day. The receptacle had on the latest sneakers - in pristine condition and with the untied laces placed just so. She had black, skin-tight, Spandex pants stretched over her ample ass. She wore a Superman T-shirt - blue with the yellow chest shield and red "S." She was a super something, alright. Yes, it's a damned good thing I could not walk. 11/21: Speaking of Walmart, thanks to the regular reader who alerted me to this story. http://news.aol.com/article/plea-deal-reached-in-missouri-walmart/776694?icid=mainhtmlws-main-ndl1link2http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fplea-deal-reached-in-missouri-walmart%2F776694

UGA VII has left the stadium.

http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2009-11-19/update-uga-viis-death-comes-surprise-family-says

Now THAT's a fishing report.

http://savannahnow.com/sports/2009-11-19/big-catches-reported-more-expected

Imagine that!

http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2009-11-20/ga-county-looking-sheriffs-badges

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Can Osprey Cove, or any gated community, legally bar non-resident political candidates from entry for purposes of campaigning door-to-door ?

BoB Saint Marys, GA Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #22 1 hr ago Judged: 1 I was at a meeting last night and it was pointed out that the Osprey Cove community was not open to any one campagining unless they lived in that community. That is some thing that has to be also looked into. It was pointed out they can go into any neighborhood in the city and ask for votes. That is wrong. Leonard Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #23 1 hr ago BoB wrote: I was at a meeting last night and it was pointed out that the Osprey Cove community was not open to any one campagining unless they lived in that community. That is some thing that has to be also looked into. It was pointed out they can go into any neighborhood in the city and ask for votes. That is wrong. The legality of that is being looked into. As Bob the Builder said, it was a "stacked-deck" scenario. Note: "Bob" and "Leonard"are both alter-egos of a certain Canadian Green eco-weenie. That's an interesting question. I can see where it would drive our resident alien Marxist and her fellow travelers absolutely bonkers. My guess is that a court would rule that the gated communities do indeed have the right to deny entry to non- residents, period. Their status as qualified politcal candidates should have no effect on the matter. Said non-resident candidates can still campaign inside of the community via the mail, the telephone, the electronic media, and even a plane towing a banner. Conversely, insofar as qualified candidates who are residents of the gated community otherwise have a legal right to be inside of the gates, barring a covenant forbidding it, I see no reason why they should not be able to campaign door-to-door in the community. I see no reason why they should not also be able to use the comunity's facilities (i.e., golf club / country club, etc) for an exclusive political rally. Think of it this way: if a candidate knocks on my door in my un-gated community, I can make the individual decision to not answer the door on a "retail" level. The Osprey Cove folks have simply made that decision on the "wholesale" level. Your thoughts?

Tuesday night's county work session and commission meeting.

Okay, let me see if I can make sense of my notes. First of all, nothing really noteworthy took place at the regular meeting except for a very poorly handled first reading and public hearing on proposed changes to the Uniform Building Code, having mostly to do with mobile homes, particularly "dilapidated" ones and their removal. Commission was all for removing abandoned ones, but Rainer and Sears maintained that no matter how dilapidated and unfit for human habitation an occupied one was, it was nonetheless the residents' home and should be left as is (on the outside chance that they may vote). No, the far more interesting event was the sparsely attended work session on the budget. Mike Fender announced that since the last meeting on Nov. 3rd, they had learned that Crescent Resources, LLC ( http://www.crescent-resources.com/ ), the parent company for Land Mar and Osprey Cove and the company that was going to build out 15,000 acres in Kingsland had declared bankruptcy. As a result, the county will NOT be getting an expected $300,000 in ad valorem taxes from them this year. The state's failure to reimburse the homestead exemptions takes another bite of $130,00o out of this year's budget. Assuming that the assessments currently on appeal will average out to a 20 % reduction in the aggregate appealed assessments (Fender's estimate, but Commissioner Keene said he fears it could go as high as 40%), the grand total shortfall in the current budget could hit $875,000 or more. Fender had identified the following possible "cures" for the problem. For one, the employee premium percentage increases will help a little. However, he noted that the estimated taxpayer portion of the medical bills between now and the end of June would be at least another $600,000. One EMT is retiring. He will not be replaced. They could reduce office cleaning from five days per week to three. They could cancel several local road projects. If those measures were adopted, ( they were, unanimously)the net deficit would be reduced to $292,000. One of the possibilities to reduce that further was to cut all employee salaries by 1%. I overheard Rainer telling Sears in the chit chat (no recorded minutes)before the workshop (they were all there, dressed to the nines, around 4:30 for a group portrait photo) that as mad as the employees got over the premium percentage increase, there was no way he would vote on any thing else involving employees. Sears of course agreed. Sunshine? I agree with their stance, by the way. That's how the commission voted - to accept the non-employee related cuts only. We are left with at least a $292,000 deficit for the remaining 7 months of the fiscal year and that does not even factor in the cost of the sheriff shipping out prisoners, which he told me Tuesday night he fully intends to do come January if there is no solution reached on overcrowding - study or no study.

Life-sized bronze likeness of Johnny Mercer unveiled in Savannah's Ellis Square.

http://savannahnow.com/news/2009-11-19/statue-ellis-square-honors-mercer-legacy

Take this video tour of the Camden County jail then tell me with a straight face that we do not need to take action NOW!

http://www.news4jax.com/news4georgia/21658218/detail.html

The latest dire predictions from "Bob the shrewish Canadian Builder."

Bob the Builder Reply » |Report Abuse |Judge it! |#17 8 hrs ago Judged: 1 Ms Hase, Mr DeLoughy, Mr Trader, Mr Post, Mr Morrissey and others are well aware of the obvious fact that the airport relocation proposal is doomed to fail (and if they aren't then they must be either incapable of reading the documents presented to them or blinded by their own single-minded agenda). I would think that they must crave a way out of the debacle at this point. The incoming council was elected through a stacked-deck process based on a single issue - the airport. They're beginning to understand that this is a council that does not represent the will of the people; that was simply a product of blatant electioneering and misinformation (nod to Hase and Trader's last minute "Urgent Message" email blanket that warned of everything from the loss of the Riverine Squadrons to incurring the wrath of the Navy - both of which have been proven facile at best and outright manipulation at worst.) But in the end we have only our own citizens to blame - the appallingly low voter turn-out and the gullibility of those who fell for the clumsy propaganda. (DeLoughy still wins the Flip-flop prize for his condemnation of the EarthKeepers for releasing public documents regarding the documented environmental devastation of Site 1, then using the same group on his campaign website and then saying that "litter" was the primary issue confronting St. Marys). Given that this election was based on falsehoods, split votes and the most obscene level of obfuscation I have ever witnessed, I would support a run-off no matter what the cost - for make no mistake: a city run by a council that represents only a few (and is born of lies and animosity) is toxic and will, ultimately, result in irreparable harm to us all.

Help available for choosing best Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-19/story/medicare_meetings_scheduled_monday_in_brunswick_kingsland

Pay the fine and move on, people!

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-19/story/st_marys_appeals_500_fine_for_damaging_gas_main

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

This just in: St. Marys in the market for a new city attorney.

It turns out that our current city attorney of just a few short months, Alex Atwood, also serves as a magistrate in Glynn County. It seems he has just recently discovered that there is some prohibition (state law, I assume, or perhaps a bar rule) which prohibits him from holding both positions. He either has resigned or soon will resign as city attorney in favor of keeping the magistrate position. More definitive details as soon as I get them. Update at 7:32 PM. And now I have those definitive details from Councilwoman Hase who called me as soon as she read this post. My informant did not have it quite right. It turns out that he can continue to be the city's attorney, only he can't perform one of his current duties. It turns out that due to a ruling by Judge Amanda Williams, SMPD officers can no longer present the charges in municipal court on tickets they have written. A city "solicitor" (normally, the city attorney) must present the case. However, as a sitting magistrate in Glynn, it would be improper for Mr. Atwood to act as St. Marys solicitor. Councilwoman Hase tells me that council is very satisfied with Atwood's performance to date. The current game plan is to keep him and hire another attorney as the "solicitor." The second attorney's sole duty will be to present cases brought by the SMPD. Now, I know what you're thinking. However, it turns out that, unlike his immediate predecessor, this city attorney is NOT a city employee. He is used on an ad hoc basis and bills by the hour. He is NOT on salary. Ditto for the new solicitor, whoever that turns out to be.

Aunt B's Thanksgiving Day menu!

Click on image to enlarge. Parties of 15 or more may call now (729-7172) to make reservations for seatings between 10:30 and 12:00 and 2:00 and 3:00. On this occasion, no gratuity will be added to the bill, but please don't forget to tip (Jay). If you have the ham, trust me: you must try that pineapple casserole. It's chunks of pineapple with pineapple juice, perhaps thickened with a bit of corn starch (I'm just guessing here), with grated cheddar cheese blended in, then topped with buttered bread crumbs and baked en casserole. Oh, man! It is so good with those thick slices of Virginia baked ham.
Their cornbread sage dressing is as good as it gets! Why not give Mom the day off this year?

New Italian restaurant coming to St. Marys.

Even as I write this, folks from Brunswick are hard at work remodeling the last Sweetest Things location. As soon as Cathy Gentry told me they were from Brunswick and calling the place "Matt's Italian Restaurant," I immediately thought of Matteo's in Brunswick. I just called Matteo's: it's not them - darn it. My guess is that it will open around the 1st of December, if not sooner. 11/19 @ 8:08 AM: Correction: It is them! The woman I talked to at matteo's in Brunswick failed to mention that they were the new owners of Matteo's in Brunswick. Matt Zangla is the son of the original owners. He has managed the original Matteo's for years. Trust me - it will be great!

Savannah schools awarded $10.95 million in federal stimulus funds.

http://savannahnow.com/news/2009-11-18/federal-money-keeping-teachers-savannah-chatham-schools

Indigo snake population in decline.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-18/story/in_southeast_georgia_cj_the_research_dog_sniffs_out_reptiles Just a couple of months ago, I went out to retrieve my mail one drizzly afternoon. There was a juvenile Indigo snake in my front flowerbed. It was about three feet long. Strangely, it was not at all alarmed by my presence. We just eyeballed each other at a distance of about 4 feet for a minute or two. I was not aware that they were so endangered. I've seen about a dozen in my lifetime. They have an unusual habit of occasionally raising about 40% of their body length straight up and looking around. I've seen them do this twice over the years, including one that probably went 6 to 7 feet on the rifle range at Parris Island.

Monday, November 16, 2009

West Savannah three years into a successful revitalization plan.

Picture, if you will, the houses in the photo lining Osborne north of St.Marys city hall and south of the old mill site. Perhaps in the north west part of Kingsland, as well. http://savannahnow.com/news/2009-11-16/west-savannah-neighborhood-see-more-improvement-2010

Sunday, November 15, 2009

How low will O go? The apology tour continues.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/11/obama-emperor-akihito-japan.html

Sunday Funnies; Volume 90.

Hung Chow calls into work and says, "Hey, I no come work today, I really sick. Got headache, stomach ache and legs hurt, I no come work." The boss says, 'You know something, Hung Chow, I really need you today. When I feel sick like you do, I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex. That makes everything better and I go to work. You try that." Two hours later Hung Chow calls again. 'I do what you say and I feel great. I be at work soon. You got nice house."

More (much more) on teacher ethics compalints.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-15/story/georgia_teacher_ethics_complaints_nothing_new_to_board

Friday, November 13, 2009

What took 'em so long !?

I knew it! The very instant that I heard of proposed "ghost hunting" in Orange Hall, I knew this sentiment would be out there. It puts me in mind of the time the supposed Wiccan pranksters got a permit to hold a wedding in the cemetery on Halloween night. I just can't believe this woman, et al, did not show up during the city council meeting where this was debated. http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2009/11/13/opinion/letters/01letter11.13.txt And doubt not that Gull Weaver lost a few votes because of this. Royal, your timing could not have been worse.

Who knew? Charles Manson is a Green eco-weenie!

Apparently, the "movement" accommodates a wide variety of psychoses. http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/12/charles.manson.birthday/index.html

NASA finds "significant" H2O on Earth's moon.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/11/13/water.moon.nasa/index.html

Even more "mega" mega-container ships are here!

http://savannahnow.com/column/2009-11-13/next-generation-container-ships-takes-seas

A one year suspension? That's it!?

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-12/story/licensing_board_recommends_suspension_of_four_glynn_educators_in_cheat

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Council committee to meet to do battle with demon rum.

On Wednesday, at 10:00 AM, in the DDA building (the old police station) conference room (use rear entrance), a committee of the St. Marys City Council, the Economic Development Committee, consisting of Bird, Deloughy, and Weaver, will meet to discuss proposed changes to the city's perennially targeted alcohol ordinance. Attendance is open to the public and public input is solicited. Such weighty issues as the required distances from a bar to buildings housing various other enterprises and how they will be measured (from portal to portal or nearest point to nearest point) will be debated. You will no doubt be forgiven if you leave the meeting with the misconception that St. Marys is actually a small, fundamentalist, theocracy.

Has anyone else noticed the latest from Kingfish "The Energizer Bunny" Feller, the Class Warrior?

http://www.camdenganews.com/blog/ It would appear that less than 48 hours after last Tuesday's election, Kingfish has declared his candidacy for the District 4 county commission seat running on a CLASS WARFARE PLATFORM!!! No - seriously. In his own words!

A belated "Thank You!"

On October 29th, at 9:14 AM, I sent an e-mail to the St. Marys mayor and council pointing out that I had noticed that in front of the downtown union hall polling place, where I now vote (though I literally have to drive past Mary Lee Clark on my way), there was no "van-accessible" handicapped parking place. By 12:30 that same day - a Wednesday, as I recall - I had an e-mail from the mayor thanking me for calling that to their attention and telling me that there would be one painted by election day. Friday morning, when my housekeeper arrived, she told me that she had seen it going in when she went to her regular job at St. Marys Elementary on Thursday afternoon. Sure enough, when I arrived at 11:45 AM on election day, there was a perfectly executed van-accessible space directly in front of the union hall. Before I tell the rest of the story, let me say to the mayor and council, the city manager, and the Public Works Department how much I appreciate their quick response. Of course, when I arrived, there was already a car - not a van with a wheelchair lift but a car that could easily have parked in the two non-van-accessible spaces 30 feet away - parked in the designated van space. The car did have a disabled placard in the window. I slowly drove completely around the block three times waiting for them to finish voting and leave. No such luck. So, in the end, I had to park in the left hand one of the two non-van-accessible disabled spaces 30 feet away, then commandeer the space to my right with my traffic cone. When I went into the polling place, there were only poll workers - no voters! I asked if the car belonged to any of them. They assured me not. Well, it only took me a few minutes to vote. When I came out the car was gone. The only thing I can figure is that the disabled person was able to successfully ambulate over to the candidates' campaign tents, 100 feet away on the other side of the street, but could not make it 30 feet from the regular disabled spaces. It's a damned shame they can't change the state law so that the signs on the van accessible spaces would read "Reserved for vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps." The problem is that insofar as planners invariably, and understandably, put the van accessible places closest to the facilities they serve, that is exactly the first place the non-wheelchair- bound disabled head to park.

Georgia tax collections continue to fall. Some advocate tax increases.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-10/story/georgia_tax_collections_drop_again

Former Cisco truck stops and gas station to be auctioned Dec. 1 on courthouse steps.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-10/story/cisco_truck_stops_and_a_gas_station_to_be_auctioned

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Funnies; Volume 89.

An Irish priest was transferred to Ballina Catholic Church Father O'Malley rose from his bed one morning. It was a fine spring day in his new Ballina parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside. He then noticed there was a Donkey lying dead in the middle of his front lawn. Not knowing who else to call, he promptly called the local police station. The conversation went like this: ''Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?" "And the best of the day ter yer good self. This is Father O'Malley at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. There's a Donkey lying dead right in der middle of me front lawn " Sergeant Jones, considering himself to be quite a wit, replied with a smirk, "Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!" There was dead silence on the line for a long moment and then Father O'Malley replied: "Ah, 'to be sure, that is true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin."

Obama phones.

https://www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/Home.aspx

Savannah engineering firm has world-wide reach.

http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2009-11-08/savannah-engineering-firm-has-global-reach

Friday, November 6, 2009

One reason for the high number of casualties at Fort Hood.

The weapon and ammunition he used were designed to give a high magazine capacity and to defeat body armor. As a result, he was able to get off 21 rounds before reloading. Moreover, many, if not nearly all, of the rounds passed completely through the first victim and struck a second victim. http://www.remtek.com/arms/fn/57/ 11/7 update: I just learned from another source that there is an optional 30 round magazine available for this weapon. So, he could have fired a total of 31 rounds from this weapon plus six from the .357 magnum pistol for a grand total of 37 rounds before having to reload.

For once, Charlene has it exactly right!

Clearly, it's a no-brainer! http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-06/story/mounting_inmate_lawsuits_put_pressure_on_camden_county

An interesting bit of history on the county jail apropos the expansion debate.

http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2009/11/06/opinion/letters/2letter11.6.txt

Tell me!

http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2009/11/06/opinion/letters/1letter11.6.txt Said fire is about 100 yards from my back fence! This morning they do seem to be finished with the burning though. Now to get my van washed.

Spot on, Emily! Thanks.

http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2009/11/06/opinion/3opinion11.6.txt

Here, here.

http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2009/11/06/opinion/1opinion11.6.txt But let us not forget that Commissioner Sears was not up to taking the tough but correct decision.

The state prison system is also in dire financial straits.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-06/story/georgias_prison_system_still_trying_to_pinch_every_penny

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Okay, wonks and wonkettes: Enjoy!

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Now there's an idea!

dover bluff man Brunswick, GA Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #11 4 hrs ago With Glynn County having the same jail issues we are, Glynn and Camden should team up and plan a facility for the next 100 years on 100 acres or so on the north end. If done properly, this would save money for the taxpayers in both counties. (Jay) I wonder if any other counties have ever done that?

Turns out Oconee is currently considering a tri-county jail.

http://www.independentmail.com/news/2009/oct/28/oconee-council-look-tri-county-jail-option/

Not too shabby!

Yesterday, 281 people checked out this blog a total of 1,219 times. http://counter26.bravenet.com/index.php?id=405430&type=traffic&graph=week&dataset=uniquestrends&usernum=2178398764 http://counter26.bravenet.com/index.php?id=405430&type=traffic&graph=week&dataset=pageviewstrends&usernum=2178398764

Interesting numbers on current impact and projected growth of Georgia Ports Authority

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-05/story/georgia_ports_authority_looks_for_backing_for_more_business

GTU covergae of Rainer's disingenuous delay of jail overcrowding solution.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-05/story/camden_jail_decision_delayed_until_january This is one where, if I were on the commission, I would have to agree to agreeably disagree with Steve Berry.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Legendary anthropologist, Claude Levi - Strauss, dies at age 100.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/11/04/levi.strauss.anthropologist/index.html I can't believe he was still alive! I read "The Raw And The Cooked" nearly 40 years ago!

Why, it's Grrreat!

sandy feller Saint Marys, GA Reply » |Report Abuse |Judge it! |#7 21 min ago there is an additional issue. plurality voting. St. Marys in Atlanta enacted a local law permitting "plurality, not majority". in 2005 they moved from majority vote to plurality vote. this enables someone with less than 51% of votes cast to win an election. I am told that this has never been challenged. this means that Tom Cyphers and myself are denied a run off election. what do you think about this situation?

Well said!

From TOPIX, Kingsland: Futurist Jacksonville, FL Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #1 57 min ago Finally an end to the "mill culture" in St. Marys. Perhaps now the city will move forward, capitalize on it's assets , and become self sufficient. Maybe now key city positions will be filled with educated and experienced people instead of being a haven for followers, friends and family.

GTU coverage of Kingsland election results.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-04/story/mounsey_wins_kingsland_post_1_seat

GTU coverage of St. Marys election results.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-04/story/new_council_mayor_elected_in_st_marys

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tonight's local election results.

I just got a call from Shirley Wise a few minutes ago. All she had was the results of the absentee ballots and the results from Mary Lee Clarke. I told her that I knew she was very busy and that I would just wait and get the combined final results when she has them tonight. I will call her back tomorrow morning and get the breakdown per polling place. Hang in there. It will not be much longer. St. Marys final results: Mayor: Deloughy, 790; Cyphers, 749; Eskridge 499. Post 4: Post, 876; Feller, 584; Rillo; 495. Post 5: Morrissey, 758; Haney, 542; Williams, 428; Bennett, 235 Post 6: Howell, 1,066; Weaver, 888. Kingsland: Mounsey, 266; Pettus, 136, Collins, 80. Well, it is really a crying shame about Gull Weaver. She did a good job and deserved re-election. Howell may as well bring a good book to council meetings. He will be irrelevant. Look for him to be big on fighting demon rum at the direction of Pastor Jim. I knew when he was the only one to qualify against Gull that she was doomed. Between the sheep at Agape following their marching orders to the polls, Rindy's old pals at the Senior Center, and the old union buddies, Sidney was a lock from the moment he declared. The great news is that we now have 4 votes to do the right thing with the airport and a majority of council and a mayor that will be intellectually capable and have the intestinal fortitude and sufficient experience in and of the outside world to bring St. Marys, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century at last. Frankly, this day came sooner than I had dared to hope. Oh, and did I mention that the damned Downtown Merchants finally got slapped away from the tax trough very soundly!? Allelujah! I'm sure my little Green eco weenie friend is not a happy camper tonight. Excellent! 11/4: Special to "ACE": There were 1,058 hits here yesterday. Apparently, not everyone relies on radio or T.V. for their local election results. http://counter26.bravenet.com/index.php?id=405430&type=traffic&graph=week&dataset=pageviewstrends&usernum=2178398764

Rainer succeeds in kicking the can down the road on jail overcrowding while pretending to actually be in favor of a solution.

He's not. It has to do with some kind of a "gentleman's agreement" he and the rest of the late Terrible Troika had with the three mayors not to spend any SPLOST money on jail expansion in Woodbine. Apparently, it was "off the record."So much for open government! So far as I'm concerned,if it was not discussed and voted on in open session and recorded in the minutes, it does not matter. It was a stupid and arguably illegal thing to do in the first place. Sorry,I got ahead of myself. What Rainer did was went through a little lip service to"the problem" then delayed what was scheduled to be a choice of one of several options very professionally presented during the work session. Clearly, this was a disingenuous stalling action on Rainer's part. Between the work session and the regular meeting, Burford Clarke (lifetime Mayor of Woodbine) came up to the dais to congratulate Rainer on successfully delaying it. This even after Sheriff Gregory told them that he was served with his 3rd overcrowding inmate lawsuit just today. All five commissioners ended up voting to wait, at Rainer's suggestion, until they can find out if some consulting firm or other will be able to complete yet another study of conditions at the jail within the next 60 days. However, they promise that if that firm cannot, they will take a final decision on a jail expansion option at their next regular meeting. I'll believe that when I see it.

By a vote of 4 to 1, commissioners tonight increased employees' share of their health insurance costs from 8% to 12 % effective January 1st, 2010.

The sole nay vote was, of course, Charlene Sears. I know, some of you are asking why did she not recuse herself given that her husband is a county employee. Come on, now. We know from past experience that Charlene is just too damned pretty and sweet to be bothered with those annoying little conventions for ugly mean people, like avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest. She rambled on about the unfairness of it all to the lower paid employees. She even said that now was not the time because even some of the higher paid employees had had recent medical expenses they were still trying to pay off. No - she really did. This is another example of why Charlene needs to be in front of a kindergarten class and not on a board of commissioners. Her mind is too ordinary and her heart is way too soft to do what needs to be done. When they took the vote, it was about 10 til 7:00. There were only a few more house keeping items on the agenda so I left to get back to await the election results from Shirley Wise. I always sit in the front row where they have removed a chair for me. When I turned around to leave, I saw that the place was absolutely packed (standing room only) with employees trying one last ditch attempt to intimidate the commissioners. Well, as I was running the gauntlet up the middle aisle, if dirty looks had been daggers, I would have been way dead. No one said anything. At least not until I got out into the hall and down to the table where the food baskets were. That's when some female ran up behind me calling my name. I stopped. This skinny, 30-something, white gal with bad teeth leaped in front of me in a very agitated state. This looked like - and proved to be - the kind of gal who would be equally at home biting and scratching over the last bag of marked-down candy corn at a November 1st blue light special or warming up the crowd at a Klan rally. She said I'm somebody or other and "I'll have you know that I read your blog and what you say about the health plan and everything you say is just a lie." There was clearly no point in trying to get in a "Pleased to meet you." She then, without catching a breath, exclaimed that what had just gone on in there was a "complete injustice." "It was all on the backs of the employees! What are the taxpayers kicking in? Nothing, that's what?" When I opened my mouth to try to remind her that even after the increase, the taxpayers would still be paying 88%, she would not let me speak. With her bony finger wagging right in my face, she yelled, "No, no no no no! Don't even go there!" That's when it dawned on me that this double-wide denizen was trying to get me to lose my temper with high hopes of seeing me in the county jail tonight. At that point, I just said "Goodnight, now"and put my chair into motion. As I rolled off, she was taunting me with "Yeah, that's right! You go on! You get out of here!" All of this was within easy sight and earshot of the CCSO deputy at the door who did nothing. Unfortunately, it was not Jim Proctor tonight. I don't know who it was. No, fellow taxpayers, picking up 88% of the tab is clearly just not good enough for some of them. However, I'm confident that it is a minority that the county would probably be better off without.

Waterfront lots available at a million-year discount!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,571347,00.html?test=latestnews

"New" armored dinosaur discovered in Montana.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,571085,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a16:g2:r4:c0.148350:b28667023:z10

Jail overcrowding workshop at 5:00; regular county commission meeting at 6:00 tonight.

Agenda: http://www.co.camden.ga.us/archive.aspx?AMID=&Type=&ADID=655 GTU article on jail workshop: http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2009-11-02/story/workshop_set_up_to_discuss_camden_jail_overcrowding

Monday, November 2, 2009

Election night coverage.

Tomorrow afternoon, I will attend the county commission meeting at 6:00. NLT 7:00, I'll leave and head home. Shirley Wise will call me as soon as she has final election results. That will probably happen sometime between 7:30 and 8:00. Y'all will know shortly after I do. I will also give y'all a first-person report on the discussion and vote on the adjustment to the employees' share of the health insurance costs. I note on my poll on the subject that confidence in the majority of the commission doing the right thing is not very strong. We'll see. Special for the ass "Ace." On election night a year ago, there were nearly 3,000 hits on this blog between 7:30 PM and midnight. I had a reporter at the courthouse giving me minute-by-minute updates until the final results. Try getting that on the radio or T.V.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

OMG! This just in: the milk at Aunt B's is not organic!

Ace Marietta, GA Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #143 2 hrs ago Judged: 1 I have never cared for Aunt B's food-if you like food laden with pork fat-bad cuts of meat etc then I suppose one would love that food-some people want food not laden with a lot of calories nor do they like cheap cuts of meat boiled to tenderness. No organic milk there I am sure most likely all comes from the cheapest place to shop which would be Sam's club. Instead of folks worrying so much about their politicians it would appear from so many that promote Aunt B's many people do not care about their health. Wake Up Fatazzes!!! Well, actually, the milk comes right out of the dairy case at our local Walmart, where I get mine. "Boiled meat?" Other than the sausage in the low country boil, has anyone ever had "boiled meat" at Aunt B's? I must have missed that. If they did, though, I'll bet it was delicious! By the way, do we have (or want) a restaurant that serves "organic milk?"

Ooohwee! Aunt B's is not only hitting on all cylinders but on full afterburner today!

Man, the turkey and dressing was delicious. That's about as good as corn bread sage dressing gets! And delicious turkey gravy, oh my! I asked one of the guys bringing out the food how many turkeys it takes to feed the Sunday crowd. He told me that today,they roasted 16, large, whole turkeys. I'm not sure how much they weighed, but at 20 lbs apiece, that could be 320 lbs of turkey! Man, the steam table was literally steaming from one end to the other. Everything that should be hot was hot: everything that should be cold was cold. The butter beans were cooked just right. The black-eyed peas were seasoned with a smoked ham hock and cooked down to where they form their own pea gravy. Man, are they good like that over rice. Try 'em over rice with a dollop of stewed tomatoes on top. Man, that is tasty. The mustard greens were delicious. The peach cobbler had just the right ratio of peaches to crust - and oh, that crust! That's just what I had. Everything was just so perfect today that I thought maybe the head cook was back from her injury. But no, out popped co-owner Cathy Gentry in her apron. That explained it. Of course, there was fried chicken, baked chicken, barbecued chicken, smoked dinner sausage, Salisbury steak, fried okra, their signature macaroni and cheese, butter beans, white shoe peg corn, black eyed peas, steamed white rice, Kentucky Wonder pole beans, boiled cabbage, stewed crook necked squash, and I'm sure I've missed some. Oh, and first, there's the always fresh salad bar. For instance, the iceberg lettuce, always chopped to a convenient size, is chopped fresh from whole heads right there in the kitchen every morning. None of that wilting bagged lettuce. Killer chicken salad. Then there is the dessert bar. There's always that delicious peach cobbler. Then there's the killer, fresh-baked pound cake as well as several other baked sheet pan desserts. Folks, I'm telling you, if you are not one of the hundreds eating Sunday dinner in their spacious facility, you are not getting the full measure of your enjoyment of the weekend! And no, I don't get free meals or any special discounts. I just appreciate good people putting out exceptionally good, genuine Southern food at a fair price. 11/02: I knew I forgot something: their traditional Southern sweet potato souffle with the marshmallow crust. It's goes great with any of their pork entrees.

Sunday Funnies; Volume 88.

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Today's Sunday Funnies is dedicated to TOPIX, Kinglsand fans.

If it were not for the fact that perfidious libelers are never funny, it would be

Let's see now: the official party line of the anti-progress, anti-growth, airport status quoers is that Sea Island Company has big plans to build a fly-in community surrounding the airport; that Debroah Hase has a a secret, exclusive contract to sell all of the resulting properties; and that Charley Smith will get a $1 million dollar bonus if the airport moves (this last one springing directly from a purely hypothetical "what if / so what" scenario I wrote on this blog!). Those are some rather amazingly generous concessions from a company in such severe financial difficulties that they are selling nearly all of their holdings in Camden County, including the very land that surrounds the proposed airport site, which they have not put up for sale and they are still willing to donate. http://atlanta.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/on_the_market/2009/10/debt-ridden_sea_island_selling_land.html