Thursday, August 31, 2006

AJC: Wild Cumberland Island to get traffic thanks to Congress

From "Cumberland Island, so secluded that it hid a Kennedy wedding from the world, could soon offer up its treasures to a convoy of visitors.

The National Park Service is working on a transportation management plan for the Cumberland Island National Seashore off the Georgia coast that Congress has mandated must include five to eight tours of the island each day --- when currently there is none. Friday is the deadline for the public to comment on the plan.

But Cumberland has never been easily accessible to the public, and conservationists like it that way. Right now, the only way most visitors get there is take a ferry and walk or bicycle along the sandy shell Main Road.

The federal plan could result in more vehicle traffic --- possibly a tram, minibus, or SUV --- to move those visitors around."


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