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Grassroots Environmental Groups in Coastal GA and Savannah

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Introducing the Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide including the Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter.

The core activities and campaigns that the Surfrider Foundation uses to protect our oceans, waves and beaches fall into the categories of Clean Water, Beach Access, Beach Preservation and Protecting Special Places.

The local chapter was started in August of 2007 by a few dedicated individuals that have our beaches and our environment on their minds. Through conservation, activism, research and education, we hope to keep our local area safe and clean for all to use and for our children and their children to use in the future. If you are interested in joining the local chapter, either contact the current president - Joe Richardson at joe@ceasurf or Joey Wilson at wilsonjg@aol.com or mail to: Surfrider Coastal Georgia P.O. Box 31033 Savannah, GA 31410. They are usually at Tubby's in Thunderbolt the 3rd Monday of the month at 7PM.

Local Victories:

Reportedly, Jekyll Island Protected

Surfrider Foundation's Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter won a victory in their efforts to help protect Jekyll Island State Park from development. Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) Board Chairman Ben Porter announced via a letter to Representative Jerry Keen that the Authority will revise the beachfront component of its plan to redevelop Jekyll Island State Park. The announcement followed a hotly contested legislative struggle in which a series of attempts to introduce protective Jekyll legislation were killed in committee despite thousands of calls from concerned Georgia citizens to legislators on both sides of the aisle.

The beachfront north of the Convention Center, which had been slated for commercial development, will ultimately become a public park with improved public access and beach parking, and an Environmental Conservation Center. This decision marks at least a partial victory for the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island (IPJI) and for other groups defending the general public's right to direct access and an unobstructed view of Jekyll's most popular beach.

Thanks to the input of Georgia citizens from around the state speaking through leading Jekyll advocates Senator Jeff Chapman, Representative Debbie Buckner, and Representative Dubose Porter, the voice of the people has emerged as the single most powerful entity in the ongoing discussion of the planned revitalization of Jekyll Island State Park.

For more information about this organization

Please visit the Surfrider Foundation @ www.surfrider.org

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