A Sailor's Thanksgiving in St. Marys
Every year at Thanksgiving, "Cruisers" headed south for the winter steer hard to starboard and dock in St. Marys for a few days to enjoy the holiday as guests of the community. The event, now in its 16th year, gives folks the opportunity to enjoy a potluck meal in this idyllic waterfront community while sharing stories and stocking up on supplies before sailing on to their destinations. This photo taken Thanksgiving Eve shows the boats coming in for what has become a "must-do" tradition for many of the cruisers who have come to love the hospitality they receive every year in our coastal Georgia community.
Wildlife Defense Systems
Camden County is home to a new technology designed to save farmers millions of dollars. Right now, your local farmers lose a significant portion of their crops to damage from birds and other creatures. Wildlife Defense Systems of St. Marys, Georgia has developed a sonic technology that drives the birds away, without harming them or using dangerous chemicals. This new technology is actually tuned to the same frequency used by birds as they navigate causing them to leave the field in search of areas where it is more comfortable for them to fly. The devices, which are housed on small trailers, are programmed remotely via cloud technology and are also being used by landfill operators and small airports. This startup operation is the brainchild of Mr. John Royall and Mr. Frank Woodward and although they are just moving into their new building in St. Marys, they are already planning to hire around 35 people per year for the next 5 years. James Coughlin of the Camden County Joint Development Authority says, "These talented individuals have chosen Camden County to start this high-tech business and one of the main reasons for that is the availability of highly trained men and women transitioning out of the Navy here at Kings Bay. We are expecting big things from Wildlife Defense."
St. Marys Pursues Marine Industry
The Camden County Joint Development Authority is working with The City of St. Marys to attract companies in the marine industry to a waterfront site formerly occupied by a paper mill. The idea is to create a center for marine industry that will appeal to high end boat owners seeking fiberglass work, engine repair, electronics, navigation, cabinetry, interiors, etc. Boatyards like this are common along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIW) but for some reason there is a lack of full service facilities from the central east coast of Florida all the way up to the Carolinas. This facility is already attracting attention from several boat companies who have expressed interest in occupying a portion of the site. In fact, St. Marys will play host to a couple of these companies as they visit the site in January. Already home to American Marine Design, makers of the Insetta 45 shown here, St. Marys is charting a course to attract more companies that are a natural fit for their location and workforce. Recently the Camden County Joint Development Authority with assistance from Georgia Power commissioned a feasibility study for the project. The results were very positive! Learn more by following the link below.