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As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Dock Junctio, GA, is for your family.

At Liberty Heating & Air, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.

When you choose Liberty Heating & Air, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.

We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Dock Junctio, GA.

Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Dock Junctio, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.

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Why Choose Liberty Heating & Air?

We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.

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Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Air over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.

Fair Pricing

Fair Pricing

We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Air, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Dock Junctio, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Year-Round Discounts

Year-Round Discounts

With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Dock Junctio has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.

Emergency Service

Emergency Service

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Dock Junctio, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing:

When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.

Air Conditioning Repair in Dock Junctio, GA

Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Air is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.

We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.

Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Dock Junctio and the surrounding area:

  • Electrical repair
  • Compressor Repair
  • Refrigerant Leaks
  • Refrigerant Recharges
  • Replace Blower Motor
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Common Signs That
You Need AC Repair in
Dock Junctio, GA

Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Air, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.

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Loud-Unusual-Noises
Loud, Unusual Noises

Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.

Strong-Odors
Strong Odors

If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.

Refrigerant or Water Leaks
Refrigerant or Water Leaks

Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.

Heater Repair in
Dock Junctio, GA

South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Dock Junctio can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Air a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:

  • No Heat
  • Thermostat Malfunction
  • Heat Pump Replacement
  • Ignition and Pilot Problems
  • Noisy Heater
  • Emergency Services
  • Much More!
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Common Signs That You Need Furnace Repair in Dock Junctio, GA

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Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Air, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.

As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:

Expensive Heating Bill

You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Dock Junctio. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.

Uneven Heating
Uneven-Heating

Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.

Unhealthy Air Quality
Unhealthy Air Quality

If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Air.

New AC Installation
in Dock Junctio, GA

You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.

As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.

Curious when it might be time for a new A/C system?

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Dusty Furniture

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If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.

High Humidity

 HVAC Repair Services Dock Junctio, GA

If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.

Frequent Repairs

 HVAC Services Dock Junctio, GA

When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.

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Wales rugby fans warned of rail disruption after Georgia clash

Rugby fans have once again been warned of disruption to train services following Wales' upcoming clash with Georgia. There was significant disruption to transport for the first game of the series against New Zealand even though planned rail strikes were called off. Now fans have been told that reduced services will operate east of Card...

Rugby fans have once again been warned of disruption to train services following Wales' upcoming clash with Georgia. There was significant disruption to transport for the first game of the series against New Zealand even though planned rail strikes were called off. Now fans have been told that reduced services will operate east of Cardiff after the game.

Road closures will also take place in Cardiff ahead of and after the Principality Stadium game which kicks off at 1pm on Saturday, November 19. A full city centre road closure will be in place from 9am until 5pm.

With the M4 expected to be busy Cardiff council has advised supporters to plan ahead and to avoid congestion in the city through using the park and ride at County Hall in Cardiff Bay. Due to the road closures buses are also set to be diverted while the road closures are in place.

Great Western Railway (GWR) has advised fans travelling from England to see the match to "board trains immediately after" the fixture concludes. Industrial action involving Network Rail signallers is set to affect fans attending the game in Cardiff as well as those attending the England v New Zealand game at Twickenham.

Industrial action will affect services on November 19, 21, and 26. On these strike days train services on many parts of the GWR network will be disrupted and the company has said that trains on the days following industrial action may also be disrupted. GWR has said that it will only be able to operate a reduced service with a queuing system in place and all journeys east of Cardiff having to be completed by 6.30pm. That means last trains to London, Reading, and Bristol will leave much earlier usual with the last train to London leaving at 4.23pm.

With the queuing system in place at Cardiff Central supporters are being told to make their way to the station as soon as possible immediately after the match where there will be extra GWR services available. Trains will run hourly from Cardiff to Swansea up to 9.40pm as these are unaffected by strike action. Transport for Wales is unaffected and will operate its normal timetables.

GWR director of performance and train service delivery Daryn McCombe said: "If you’re travelling back towards London and Bristol there is only a limited time that we’ll be able to get you home after the match. The temptation might be to stay behind for some food and drink but with a queueing system in place, a limited number of trains, and a limited operating window we’d encourage supporters to make their way to the station straight after the match to avoid missing the trains we are able to operate towards London and Bristol."

Here is the travel information you need to know for the Wales v Georgia match including road closures, trains, buses, and parking facilities.

From 7am Scott Road and Park Street will be closed because of the need to prepare gate five and protect queuing fans. The following roads will be closed as part of the full city centre road closure which will take place at 9am until 5pm.

Access to part of the Civic Centre will be controlled throughout the day with access allowed only for event parking, limited commuter parking, loading, and access to private car parks. Roads affected include King Edward VII Avenue, Museum Avenue, City Hall Road, College Road, and Gorsedd Gardens Road.

As stated above industrial action involving Network Rail signallers is set to impact fans attending the game in Cardiff as well as those attending the England v New Zealand game at Twickenham and GWR has advised passengers to make their way home as soon as possible after the game. Transport for Wales is running a full timetable in and out of Cardiff on Saturday but services will be very busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey. Post-event queues for mainline services will be on Central Square and queues for Valleys services will be to the rear of the station.

GWR will only be able to operate a reduced service due to industrial action with a queuing system in place and all journeys east of Cardiff having to be completed by 6.30pm. Last trains to London, Reading and Bristol will leave much earlier usual – the last train to London leaves at 4.23pm.

With the queuing system in place at Cardiff Central, supporters should make their way to the station as soon as possible immediately after the match where there will be extra GWR services available. Trains will run hourly from Cardiff to Swansea up to 9.40pm as these are unaffected by strike action.

Bus services will be diverted while the city centre road closures are in place and Cardiff council has advised passengers to visit the relevant bus operator's website for more information about specific bus routes. For Stagecoach services click here; for Cardiff Bus services click here; for NAT services click here. National Express coaches will use Sophia Gardens as usual.

Civic centre event-day parking: To get there exit junction 32 of the M4, head south on the A470 towards the city centre, and follow signage to the civic centre. Cost for cars is £15 payable on the day at the car park – card payments are also now available. The car park will open at 8am and close at midnight.

Sophia Gardens event-day parking: To get there exit at junction 32 of the M4. The cost is £15 payable on the day at the car park – card payments are now available. The car park opens at 8am and closes at midnight. Sophia Gardens car park will be staffed until 7pm. All vehicles are left on site at the owner's risk. Cardiff council will not be held responsible for any theft or damage to motor vehicles or personal possessions. Any vehicles left in the car park after closing time will be fined.

Shopping parking: Shoppers are advised to make use of the dedicated shopping park and ride sites at Pentwyn or County Hall while city centre car parks are also available: North Road car parks, St David's shopping centre, John Lewis, Capitol shopping centre, and NCP (Adam Street, Dumfries Place, and Greyfriars Road.)

Disabled parking: Disabled drivers are advised to use Sophia Gardens. Disabled parking is also available at various private car parks. The council advises to check individual websites for availability.

The event park and ride facilities will be at County Hall in Cardiff Bay with the drop-off point at Callaghan Square. The park and ride site will open at 8.50am with the first bus leaving at 9am. The last bus from the city centre will be at 5pm with the site closing at soon after. The cost is £10 payable on the day, with card payments are now available.

St Mary Street taxi rank (outside House of Fraser) will close at 9am and will re-open at 5pm. To get the latest Cardiff news straight to your inbox, subscribe to our daily newsletter here.

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Here’s where the new US EV ‘Battery Belt’ is forming – and why

Since the beginning of 2021, more than 15 new US lithium-ion battery gigafactories or expansions have been announced in a region becoming known as the Battery Belt. Combined, these facilities represent a potential investment of at least $40 billion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. All but one gigafactory exceeds 10 GWh of capacity, and the largest will exceed 40 GWh.The Federal Reserve writes:Ex...

Since the beginning of 2021, more than 15 new US lithium-ion battery gigafactories or expansions have been announced in a region becoming known as the Battery Belt. Combined, these facilities represent a potential investment of at least $40 billion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. All but one gigafactory exceeds 10 GWh of capacity, and the largest will exceed 40 GWh.

The Federal Reserve writes:

Experts expect these new investments, as well as future ones, to significantly boost US production of lithium-ion batteries. (Chart 1, below) US capacity is expected to grow more than fivefold from 2021 to 2026, according to data and estimates by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a data and market intelligence provider. By 2031, US capacity is expected to expand another 86%.

Of course, as Electrek covers on an almost daily basis, traditional automakers are now investing big in electric vehicles. Ford will spend $50 billion through 2026 to expand EV production. GM is investing $35 billion through 2025, and, together with LG, it’s using a $2.5 billion US Department of Energy (DOE) loan to build three US gigafactories (image above). Those three facilities are expected to create 6,000 well-paid construction jobs and 5,100 operations jobs once they are at full capacity, according to the DOE.

The gigafactories are mostly clustered in the Midwest and South and near Tesla facilities in California and Texas:

That’s because transporting large quantities of Li-ion batteries is expensive because they’re subject to strict safety regulations. That’s yet another reason that domestic manufacturing of EV batteries makes sense.

And there will be a lot of batteries. The Fed continues:

A gigafactory with 1 GWh capacity operating at full capacity could theoretically produce enough batteries each year to power 10,000 to 20,000 EVs.

The gigafactories are being sited in the same geographical locations as the automakers because it simply makes sense from a supply chain standpoint. So the geographical region that roughly runs between Michigan to Tennessee to Georgia to western New York is becoming known as the Battery Belt.

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US school bus maker Blue Bird receives its largest-ever order of electric school buses

Macon, Georgia-based bus maker Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD) has received the single largest order of electric school buses from a school district in its history.California’s Modesto City Schools ordered 30 Blue Bird All American Type D electric school buses to convert nearly half of its diesel-powered fleet to electric. The school district expects to save more than $250,000 a year in fuel costs alone.Modesto City Sc...

Macon, Georgia-based bus maker Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD) has received the single largest order of electric school buses from a school district in its history.

California’s Modesto City Schools ordered 30 Blue Bird All American Type D electric school buses to convert nearly half of its diesel-powered fleet to electric. The school district expects to save more than $250,000 a year in fuel costs alone.

Modesto City Schools purchased Blue Bird All American Type D electric school buses. The district anticipates delivery of the new buses in the fourth quarter of 2022. Blue Bird electric buses can carry a maximum of 84 passengers for a range of up to 120 miles on a single charge – they take between three and eight hours to fully recharge depending on the charging infrastructure.

The Type D uses a 155 kWh battery pack and a Cummins PowerDrive 7000 propulsion system.

Blue Bird, an iconic American company that was founded in 1932 and became a publicly owned company in 2015, reports that some of its customers have reported fuel costs of up to 49 cents per mile for their diesel buses, compared to an average 14 cents per mile in energy costs for electric buses.

Blue Bird’s electric school buses were partially funded by California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

According to A-Z Bus Sales, the only approved Blue Bird dealer in California, the Type D retail price is around $400,000, and the HVIP incentive amount for Blue Bird Type Ds is between $140,250 and $375,000. Compare that to a new diesel school bus, which, according to the A-Z Bus Sales representative, costs around $200,000-220,000.

Tim Zearley, associate superintendent of business services for Modesto City Schools, said:

The price of diesel fuel continues to skyrocket. Our sustainability projects are designed to address climate change, reduce air pollution, and lead the next generation of students in learning about a sustainable lifestyle with renewable energy, carbon reduction, and clean mobility options.

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Ramsbottom: Bigtank makes GA Pet Food Partners videos

A Ramsbottom video production company has made a series of videos for a global pet food firm to improve its customers' and employees' understanding of its goods are manufactured.GA Pet Food Partners, which has head offices in Chorley and bases across Europe and Japan, employs more than 800 people and sells in excess of 80,000 tonnes of dry extruded pet food per year, exporting to 50 different countries.The videos, produced by Bigtank, which is based at Cuba Industrial Estate, are aimed at providing an insight into how pet food ...

A Ramsbottom video production company has made a series of videos for a global pet food firm to improve its customers' and employees' understanding of its goods are manufactured.

GA Pet Food Partners, which has head offices in Chorley and bases across Europe and Japan, employs more than 800 people and sells in excess of 80,000 tonnes of dry extruded pet food per year, exporting to 50 different countries.

The videos, produced by Bigtank, which is based at Cuba Industrial Estate, are aimed at providing an insight into how pet food is made.

It also allows staff and customers to get a holistic understanding of the scale and scope of operations at the family-run business.

Featuring and presented by the company’s own people, the videos are split into eight sections covering operations, from ingredients sourcing, through development and manufacture, to logistics and export.

GA Pet Food Partners communication director, Georgina Sims-Stirling, said: “At GA Pet Food Partners, we are proud to provide private label pet food opportunities for partners across the globe, sourcing our fresh ingredients from farms and fisheries that we know and trust to ensure full traceability.

“We then use our unique Freshtrusion™ process to gently cook the ingredients in our state-of-the-art kitchen, which ensures the most nutritious and highly palatable product for our pet food kibbles.

“When we approached Bigtank, we had lots of challenges going around in our heads about how to use video.

"Where do we start? Which regions? Languages? What do we say? We found that Bigtank could do everything for us. They weren’t just going to get the camera, shoot us, and that was it.

“They could really help communicate and educate us on how to do it, how to develop our social media pages, how to put it on our community pages, and how to communicate it internally as well.

“The video tour page on our main GA website is the most visited page out of everything we have on our website, driving traffic to pick up the phone and enquire to be a partner.

“Bigtank are really an extension of my communications team. It’s more than just a transactional relationship. It’s far more than that. And I would be lost without them.”

National Park Service Proposing To More Than Double Visitation To Cumberland Island

After holding daily visitation at Cumberland Island National Seashore to roughly 300 for nearly four decades, the National Park Service is proposing to more than double that under a visitor use management plan open for public comment.Under the national seashore's general management plan, which was adopted in 1984, daily visitation to the park has been held to "approximately 300 people per day." The Park Service's preferred alternative in the visitor use ma...

After holding daily visitation at Cumberland Island National Seashore to roughly 300 for nearly four decades, the National Park Service is proposing to more than double that under a visitor use management plan open for public comment.

Under the national seashore's general management plan, which was adopted in 1984, daily visitation to the park has been held to "approximately 300 people per day." The Park Service's preferred alternative in the visitor use management plan now being crafted says that approximately 600 people per day could be allowed to enter the national seashore via the Dungeness and Sea Camp docks, and another 100 people per day to the Plum Orchard dock if ferry service was available.

"These changes would be implemented adaptively, meaning the park would monitor key indicators to ensure sensitive shorebirds are protected, as are visitor opportunities to experience the rustic atmosphere, quiet solitude, and wilderness character described by visitors and public commenters. Adjustments would be made based on this monitoring," a park release said.

The draft environmental assessment on visitor use explains that the cap on 300 daily visitors was related to the number existing ferry service could handle, and that the higher number contained in the plan was built around the carrying capacities of specific areas on the national seashore.

"The primary goal of this VUM plan is to preserve the fundamental resources and values of Cumberland Island. The amount, timing, distribution, and types of visitor use on Cumberland Island influence both conditions of fundamental resources and visitor experiences," notes one section of the EA. "By identifying and managing the maximum amounts and types of visitor use that areas on the island can accommodate, the National Park Service can help ensure that resources are protected and that visitors have the opportunity for a range of high-quality experiences."

Along with increasing ferry traffic to the park, which is set on an island off the Georgia coast, the preferred alternative calls for "adjustments to the locations and number of allowable campers at wilderness campsites to expand and disburse camping opportunities, establishes a few new trails to distribute use more evenly across the island, calls for limited facilities including boardwalks and a pavilion to facilitate greater accessibility for visitors with a range of abilities, provides for kayak and canoe rentals on the island to diversify the available recreational opportunities, and includes limited health and safety items for sale on the island."

Among the proposed changes are the following:

* The park would expand camping opportunities at Sea Camp Campground by adding the 3 existing overflow sites to the current reservation system. Fifteen of the 19 individual sites would be available for visitors to reserve at any one time and 4 sites would be rotated into administrative closures to allow recovery or prevent impacts from heavy use. Parties of up to 6 campers would be able to reserve sites through Recreation.gov and fees would continue to be implemented for public campsite reservations. The two group sites that can accommodate up to 20 campers would remain open for reservations as well. Under the NPS preferred alternative, up to 130 people may camp in the frontcountry campground at one time, with 40 campers allowed in the group sites and 90 campers allowed in the individual sites ([15 available sites x 6 people] + [2 group sites x 20 visitors] = 130 campers).

* The park would offer camping opportunities at four designated wilderness campsites and maintain the number of visitors that could camp in the designated wilderness at one time. Brickhill Bluff and Hickory Hill would remain active. Additional wilderness campsites would be designated at Toonahowie and Sweetwater Lakes. Sites at Hickory Hill and Sweetwater Lakes would be accessed by foot while the Brickhill Bluff and Toonahowie sites could be accessed via land or nonmotorized and/or small motorized watercraft. The existing site at Yankee Paradise would be abandoned and replaced by public camping opportunities at Hunt Camp campground, which is adjacent to but outside the wilderness area.

* The park would offer backcountry camping opportunities at current levels at Stafford Beach Campground and new opportunities at Beach Creek campsite and Hunt Camp campground. The designated backcountry sites would continue to be administered through a permit system managed by Recreation.gov; fees would be implemented for public camping reservations. Fees for Beach Creek campsite and Hunt Camp campground would mirror those charged for wilderness campsites and Sea Camp Campground, respectively as amenities are similar.

* The park would construct and realign South End Trail to provide a loop trail opportunity by connecting the Dungeness Marsh Boardwalk to portions of the existing trail. That new segment would serve as one leg of the loop and the beach would serve as the other leg. A new spur trail would be constructed to connect with the proposed Beach Creek campsite. A portion of the existing South End Trail that runs through the south end marsh would be abandoned and the segment realigned onto upland terrain.

* The park would create one new trail segment to provide direct beach access from the Nightingale Trail. A bathhouse consisting of restrooms and outdoor showers (~400 square feet) would be constructed at the junction of the existing Nightingale Trail and the new segment. Approximately 2,670 feet of water utility line would be installed from an existing well house, across the Main Road, and along the Nightingale Trail. Electricity would either be provided by solar panels or by extending an existing utility line approximately 1,850 feet along the Nightingale Trail from the Main Road. These utility lines would be installed utilizing a trenching machine along existing roads and trails. An approximately 1,200 square foot septic leach field would be installed in appropriate proximity to the bathhouse. The exact location of these facilities would be determined during design. Additional compliance requirements would occur before implementation. A pavilion (~800 square feet) would also be constructed alongside the Nightingale Beach access spur, providing shelter to visitors within the dune field.

Cumberland Island was added to the National Park System in 1972. Accessible only by boat, the national seashore features unspoiled beaches and dunes, marshes, and freshwater lakes, along with historic sites. Twisting live oaks covered in resurrection ferns and spanish moss make up the island's maritime forest, shading an understory of sable palms and palmettos. Facing the mainland, the island gazes across mudflats during low tide and swaying marshes. Looking to the east, visitors step through designated pathways between rolling dunes to hit the sandy beach bordering the Atlantic Ocean. During low tide, sand appears to stretch in all directions.

The visitor use management plan has been in the works since 2017. The Park Service sought public feedback on draft strategies for visitor use management in spring 2019, receiving 2,260 individual correspondences that helped guide the direction of the plan. A virtual meeting to discuss the plan with park staff has been set for November 17 at 6 pm. EST. The meeting can be joined via this link. Closed Captioning of the meeting will be available. The meeting will be recorded and available on the NPS planning website following the meeting.

You can review the plan and leave comments at this site.

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