Business concerned severe erosion could hurt tourism to St. Simons

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) – Business owners on St. Simons Island say the beach has receded in recent months, prompting some concerns about tourism.

They say that sustained winds from a spring storm washed out some of the beach between the old Coast Guard Station and the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort.

Business owners tell The Brunswick News reports ( that the storm – with its prolonged winds over several days – set the island back by about five years of beach buildup.

Scott McQuade, director of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, says that every time a storm wipes away part of the beach, there’s talk in the community about the lack of a beach management plan.

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