It’s the biggest weekend of the year on St. Simons Island as Georgia fans gather to attend the annual Georgia v. Florida football game played on neutral ground in Jacksonville, Florida. Why do Georgia fans gather on St. Simons Island? I had it explained to me once in very simple terms, “we don’t want to stay in Florida!”
In the months and weeks before the game, all of St. Simons Island is preparing for Georgia fans to descend! This year, many things remain the same, but we do have a few changes to communicate.
Friday at the Beach: On Friday, we have an early afternoon high tide. As a result, Glynn County law enforcement will be asking anyone gathered on the beach outside the St. Simons Grand/Beach Club/Shipwatch area to move north to the Coast Guard Station at approximately 1:30 pm. This will allow volunteers to thoroughly clean the beach of any debris before the high tide.
Also on Friday, Glynn County has issued permits to two local radio stations to set up and play music at the Coast Guard Station, where you will have more space with the incoming tide. That may be a nice place to start your day!
Coolers: For environmental reasons, plastic foam coolers are not permitted on the beach. If you have a plastic foam cooler, Parker’s will trade your cooler for a free, 100% recyclable UGA-themed cooler while their supplies last. The switch outs take place October 30-November 1 at Parker’s in the St. Simons village or Parker’s at FJ Torras Causeway and Highway 17. While plastic foam coolers break apart and can threaten marine life, “Recycoolers” are environmentally friendly. Plus, they’re red and black and almost as strong as Todd Gurley.
If you don’t have a trade and just need a cooler, they are also available for purchase for $9.99. Thanks to Parker’s and KBGIB (Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful) for their efforts in keeping our beaches clean and pristine.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on St. Simons Island! Safe travels, Dawgs!