Jekyll Island residents push for beach alerts

7:48 AM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
Dunes on Jekyll Island, Georgia
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JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Some Jekyll Island residents, concerned about how the beaches are monitored, say a more efficient system is needed to warn swimmers and waders of potential hazards.

Mindy Egan, a Jekyll resident and co-founder of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island, envisions a flag system like one in use on St. Simons Island that warns guests about potentially dangerous surf.

Colored flags could be posted at each beach access point to advise swimmers of the presence of rip currents -- or anything else that could pose a threat to safety.

Eric Garvey, chief communications officer for the Jekyll Island Authority which operates the state park, says a flag warning system might be worth considering, but it's not without a downside.

 

(Associated Press)

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