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Dan Chapman

Dan Chapman writes about Georgia – its people, economy and environment.

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Curtis Foltz, who runs Georgia's ports, speaks to employees earlier this month at the Mayor's Point terminal in Brunswick.

7:57 PM Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Curtis Foltz, who runs Georgia's ports, speaks to employees earlier this month at the Mayor's Point terminal in Brunswick.
Old idea returns in Georgia-Florida water war case
 The special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the water war between Georgia and Florida dusted off this week a decade-old plan to tap the Tennessee River to ensure more water flows to metro Atlanta and, eventually, downstream to the Sunshine State. Ralph Lancaster Jr., the Maine attorney who recently wrapped up the water...

10:10 PM Thursday, Jan. 05, 2017

The special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the water war between Georgia and Florida dusted off this week a decade-old plan to tap the Tennessee River to ensure more water flows to metro Atlanta and, eventually, downstream to the Sunshine State. Ralph Lancaster Jr., the Maine attorney who recently wrapped up the water...
Ruling allows Sea Island to proceed on home sites threatened by storms
 A Fulton County judge ruled Thursday that the Sea Island Co. can build a sea wall to protect its beach, allowing eight super-expensive homes to be built on the “spit” of land that runs below the famed Cloister Hotel. Conservationists, though, claim that Hurricane Matthew’s destructive winds and waves eroded so much of the...

10:23 PM Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

A Fulton County judge ruled Thursday that the Sea Island Co. can build a sea wall to protect its beach, allowing eight super-expensive homes to be built on the “spit” of land that runs below the famed Cloister Hotel. Conservationists, though, claim that Hurricane Matthew’s destructive winds and waves eroded so much of the...
Altama Plantation one of coastal Georgia’s top wildlife destinations
 Altama Plantation, the 4,000-acre nature preserve outside Brunswick which opened to the public a year ago, is fast becoming one of the Georgia coast’s most popular wildlife destinations. Once the playground of wealthy Northern industrialists and Atlanta elites, the plantation was bought by the state, the Nature Conservancy, the...

2:20 PM Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

Altama Plantation, the 4,000-acre nature preserve outside Brunswick which opened to the public a year ago, is fast becoming one of the Georgia coast’s most popular wildlife destinations. Once the playground of wealthy Northern industrialists and Atlanta elites, the plantation was bought by the state, the Nature Conservancy, the...
Water decision to wash over Ga. economy
 Metro Atlanta and Southwest Georgia could suffer nearly $2.5 billion in economic losses each year if the verdict in the the water wars trial goes against them. Florida says it wouldn’t cost Georgia more than $106 million annually to send more water downstream from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers during a drought. Who’s right?...

5:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Metro Atlanta and Southwest Georgia could suffer nearly $2.5 billion in economic losses each year if the verdict in the the water wars trial goes against them. Florida says it wouldn’t cost Georgia more than $106 million annually to send more water downstream from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers during a drought. Who’s right?...
Proposed Cumberland Island development rattles environmentalists
 Descendants of Cumberland Island’s wealthy owners propose building as many as 10 homes on an 88-acre swath of the national seashore park, riling environmentalists who want the island to revert to its original, pristine state. Here are 5 things to know about Cumberland: It is the largest and southernmost of Georgia’s barrier...

3:58 PM Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

Descendants of Cumberland Island’s wealthy owners propose building as many as 10 homes on an 88-acre swath of the national seashore park, riling environmentalists who want the island to revert to its original, pristine state. Here are 5 things to know about Cumberland: It is the largest and southernmost of Georgia’s barrier...
Planned new homes on Cumberland Island rattle environmentalists
 By law, Cumberland Island — the former wintertime playground of the Carnegies and Candlers where wild horses gambol among sea oat-covered dunes — must revert to as pristine a natural state as possible. Most homeowners eventually relinquish their property to the National Park Service. Yet descendants and associates of the island&rsquo...

8:16 PM Friday, Dec. 09, 2016

By law, Cumberland Island — the former wintertime playground of the Carnegies and Candlers where wild horses gambol among sea oat-covered dunes — must revert to as pristine a natural state as possible. Most homeowners eventually relinquish their property to the National Park Service. Yet descendants and associates of the island&rsquo...
Army Corps of Engineers water plan a boost for metro Atlanta’s growth
 Metro Atlanta will get virtually all the water it needs from the Chatthoochee River and Lake Lanier through 2050, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ruled Wednesday. Atlanta officials claimed victory but cautioned that the devil is in the details. The decision, and thousands of pages of documents, won’t be publicly released until Thursday...

12:18 AM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

Metro Atlanta will get virtually all the water it needs from the Chatthoochee River and Lake Lanier through 2050, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ruled Wednesday. Atlanta officials claimed victory but cautioned that the devil is in the details. The decision, and thousands of pages of documents, won’t be publicly released until Thursday...
Metro Atlanta and Southwest Georgia’s fate hang in water war balance
 Philip Perry, lead attorney for Florida’s water wars lawsuit against Georgia, was asked Thursday to comment on the soon-to-end, high-stakes trial. He declined comment, but added: “We don’t talk to the press.” Perry’s jibe was a not-so-subtle dig at Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal who, earlier in the week, had surprisingly...

4:16 PM Saturday, Dec. 03, 2016

Philip Perry, lead attorney for Florida’s water wars lawsuit against Georgia, was asked Thursday to comment on the soon-to-end, high-stakes trial. He declined comment, but added: “We don’t talk to the press.” Perry’s jibe was a not-so-subtle dig at Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal who, earlier in the week, had surprisingly...
Metro Atlanta and Southwest Georgia’s fate hang in water war balance
 Philip Perry, lead attorney for Florida’s water wars lawsuit against Georgia, was asked Thursday to comment on the soon-to-end, high-stakes trial. He declined comment, but added: “We don’t talk to the press.” Perry’s jibe was a not-so-subtle dig at Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal who, earlier in the week, had surprisingly...

4:16 PM Saturday, Dec. 03, 2016

Philip Perry, lead attorney for Florida’s water wars lawsuit against Georgia, was asked Thursday to comment on the soon-to-end, high-stakes trial. He declined comment, but added: “We don’t talk to the press.” Perry’s jibe was a not-so-subtle dig at Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal who, earlier in the week, had surprisingly...
Georgia, Florida await decision as water war trial concludes
 The water wars trial pitting Florida against Georgia over an “equitable apportionment” of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers wrapped up Thursday, a critical juncture in the nearly three-decade-long legal battle between neighboring states that could have an immense impact on metro Atlanta. Ralph Lancaster Jr., the special...

11:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016

The water wars trial pitting Florida against Georgia over an “equitable apportionment” of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers wrapped up Thursday, a critical juncture in the nearly three-decade-long legal battle between neighboring states that could have an immense impact on metro Atlanta. Ralph Lancaster Jr., the special...