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 (bit.ly/1OBOzFV) 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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