Cumberland Island National Seashore Updates Park Closure

Cumberland Island National Seashore Updates Park Closure

 

Cumberland Island National Seashore will remain closed to visitation through Wednesday, May 30, 2012 due to remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl.  Further closures will be determined daily based on the severity of the storm, its aftermath and conditions on Cumberland Island and surrounding waters. 

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Cumberland Island National Seashore to stay closed through Wednesday

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- The Cumberland Island National Seashore will stay closed to visitors through Wednesday due to remnants of Tropical Depression Beryl.

The National Park Service said further closures will be determined daily based on the severity of the storm, its aftermath and conditions on Cumberland Island and the surrounding waters.

"The National Seashore staff has begun making assessments of storm damage and are beginning the clean up process," said Fred Boyles, superintendent for the park.

Visitors with May 30 ferry reservations and for future dates should monitor the situation for information about reopening. You may also call the park at 912-882-4336, extension 254.

If you want to reschedule your ferry reservation, or to receive a refund for the dates the park was closed, you are asked to call 877-860-6787.

Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns schools scheduled to be open today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students throughout the First Coast will return to school today.

Baker, Duval, Clay, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns County schools will be in session, unless conditions worsen throughout the day. 

Calls to Bradford, Columbia, and Union County school districts have not been returned. 

USF searches for unmarked graves at Dozier School for Boys

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Roger Kiser, a Brunswick, Ga. resident, describes himself as a survivor of the Dozier School for Boys.

"It has taken me 19 years to get anybody to believe the conditions there," he said.

Kiser was in the reform school in 1959, 1960 and 1961 and described the conditions as horrific.

"We saw many boys brought out of the white house, we know were dead, black and white, hauled out by wheelbarrow," said Kiser, "so we know there is bodies scattered all over the facility."

Kiser wrote the book the 'White House Boys - An American Tragedy' to reveal his experience. 

"If you stepped off the sidewalk, you got beat, if you ate too much you got beat, if you smiled you got beat, if you smiled too much you got beat. It was total terror," he said.

A terror he tried to recreate in a film. 

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Name released in triathlon death

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Authorities have released the name of the man who died in the Turtle Crawl Triathlon on Jekyll Island Saturday morning.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Christopher Petty, 44  has died.

A Georgia State Patrol operator said the initial call was for a cardiac problem and that Petty may have drowned, but an official cause has not been determined.

An operator with Georgia State Patrol said an autopsy will be performed Monday.

Eric Garvey of the Jekyll Island Authority confirmed a 44-year-odl man was rescued from the water by lifeguards. He says they started CPR but the man died at Southeast Georgia Health Systems Hospital in Brunswick.

Garvey said four to six people were pulled out of the water, but that is an average number during the triathlon, which is in its tenth year.

Garvey said there were 700 people involved in this year's event.

Thanking America's Armed Forces

 

St Marys, Ga. -- To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

Arts & Music Stroll in Historic Downtown St. Marys

Arts & Music Stroll in Historic Downtown St. Marys

Join us in coastal Georgia for the 2nd Annual Arts & Music Stroll, a St. Marys Downtown Merchants Association Fourth Saturday event on March 26th.