News Line for Saint Marys

St. Marys closed water plant could become science discovery center
The city hasn’t used the downtown wastewater treatment plant that overlooks the marsh on the east end of Weed Street for more than a year. If a handful of local volunteers and city officials have their way, the now-vacant property will become a research center used by Camden County high school students and graduate students from Georgia Southern University.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Panel proposes merger of 4 Kingsland and Camden County fire stations into 2
The Camden County Joint Committee on Fire Consolidation recommended Wednesday the merger of four fire stations into two and the addition of an ambulance to cover the south end of the county.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Camden County agencies may share one director
St. Marys is no longer a Main Street community and Woodbine is no longer a Better Home Town.
Source: Brunswick News

With state enforcement of marsh buffer murky, St. Marys and Camden County consider adopting their own
Camden County officials are trying to determine whether they need to amend county ordinances in order to reestablish a 25-foot marsh buffer zone after changes in Georgia law left some areas without enforceable limits. Meanwhile, St. Marys says it will adopt its own marsh buffer standards partly to protect property owners from losses should they be allowed to build too close to the marsh.
Source: Florida Times-Union

St. Marys hires retired Navy officer John Holman as new city manager, should begin work in mid-June
The City Council has hired John Holman, the sole remaining candidate, as its new city manager.
Source: Florida Times-Union

St. Marys hires new city manager
The City Council officially has hired John Holman, the sole remaining candidate, as its new city manager.
Source: Florida Times-Union

St. Marys voters can give right to create Tax Allocation Districts to Council on May 20
Nearly seven years after rejecting a referendum to grant redevelopment powers to the St. Marys City Council, voters will get another shot.
Source: Florida Times-Union

St. Marys down to one candidate for city manager job
The city is down to one candidate for its city manager's job after two of three finalists withdrew.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Tybee City Manager Diane Schleicher finalist for top St. Marys job
Tybee Island City Manager Diane Schleicher has been named a finalist for the same position in St. Marys.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Four years after buying Gilman Boathouse property, St. Marys still looking for developer
Nearly four years after the city bought the Gilman Boathouse and its 2.8-acre lot on the downtown waterfront, city officials are still looking for someone to develop it. The property, now known as the Intracoastal Gateway Project, has sat empty since the city tore down the boathouse where the late Howard Gilman entertained guests.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Camden leaders work to improve relations
There was a time not too long ago when the governments in Camden County were like islands, having little to do with each other than what was necessary.
Source: Brunswick News

St. Marys wants to remain sole terminal for Cumberland Island ferry
Mayor John Morrissey believes a ferry linking St. Marys and Fernandina Beach is a good idea. He just doesn’t want that ferry to stop at Cumberland Island.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Getting community back on track
Construction of the long-awaited first phase of a marina project at the Cumberland Harbour residential community in St. Marys is expected to begin by midsummer.
Source: Brunswick News

St. Marys concerned about ferry bids
Members of the St. Marys Convention and Visitors Bureau are concerned about bids that will be solicited in June to provide passenger ferry service to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
Source: Brunswick News

St. Marys looking for city manager to replace Steve Crowell, who leaves Friday
The city is beginning a search for a new city manager to replace Steven Crowell Jr. who leaves office Friday after nearly three years on the job.
Source: Florida Times-Union