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Say NO to an Industrial Barge Port in St. Marys, Georgia!

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Whether you are a resident of St. Marys, Georgia, thinking of relocating to our beautiful, peaceful and historic town, or a business considering investing in our area, we believe that the "Port of St. Marys Industrial & Logistics Center" (barge port) proposal is of vital interest to all concerned.

The Port of St. Marys, LLC, has submitted a Rezoning application with the City of St. Marys for the 722 acre tract of land that was the former home of the Durango Paper Mill. The Rezoning application requests a change from the current classification of PD (Planned Development Mixed Use) to a PD (Planned Development Industrial) district under Section 110-68 of the City of St. Marys Zoning Ordinance.  

The proposal includes a projected redevelopment area of nearly 500 acres with nearly 5,000 linear feet of frontage on the North River branch of the St. Marys River. The site is located within a residential district, in close proximity to an elementary school, and on the threshold of the St. Marys Historic District.

We believe that such an undertaking would be detrimental to the economy, environment, and quality of life of St. Marys. As a historic town, renowned for its peace, unsurpassed charm, extraordinary environment, and its position as The Gateway to Cumberland Island, St. Marys possesses unique assets - assets that would be compromised by the presence of an industrial barge port in our midst.

We also have a responsibility that reaches beyond the borders of our city and to the world that surrounds us. St. Marys is blessed by its location on the Intracoastal Waterway: we are in close proximity to the Critical Habitat calving grounds of the endangered right whale, near a crucial nesting zone for loggerheads, and are a region inhabited by manatees. The proposed barge port site is also the location of the second-largest Wood Stork (a Federally-listed Endangered Species) Rookery in Georgia.

We invite you to visit our page on Facebook for more detailed information regarding this pressing issue: https://www.facebook.com/portofstmarys/

The voices of the citizens should be heard. St. Marys City Council must say NO to rezoning.



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