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  "Working together to make a positive difference in the community."  


 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - June/July 2015





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Board of County Commissioners Meetings & Public Hearings


Counties offices will be closed
July 3rd 
in observance of Independence Day



July 14th

Regular BOCC Meeting 6:00PM



August 11th

Regular BOCC Meeting 6:00PM



August 25th Regular BOCC

Meeting 6:00PM




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 200 East 4th St.
Woodbine, GA 31569


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Camden County Fire Rescue Seeking Volunteers


Camden County Fire Rescue is recruiting volunteer firefighters to be a part of the department. The volunteer firefighter program will be used to augment existing peronnel to meet the needs of the community now and in the future.



Visit the program website for the most current information.



Contact Fire Rescue Headquarters at (912) 729-3911 for questions about this program.








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Bryan Lang Historical Archives



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Camden Library



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Magistrate Court



Mosquito Control



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UGA Extension Office



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A Message from the County Administrator


I'm proud to announce that Camden County was recently recognized with four Achievement Awards for innovative programs within the county. NACo is the National Association of Counties and each year they recognize progressive and innovative county programs on a national level. We received two special top honors for "Best of Category" for our important efforts in County Administration and Management and also for Court Administration and Management. You will read more about these awards later in the newsletter.


Our Board of Commissioners took a big step in our efforts to bring a Spaceport to Camden County. At a special called meeting on June 3, 2015, Commissioners unanimously approved an option agreement to purchase 4011 acres of land at the former location of where the world's most powerful rocket motor was test fired back in the 60's. This exciting announcement advances the project forward and aligns with the county's vision of developing a world-class spaceport. For additional information on this project please visit our new spaceport website at


Finance Director Mike Fender brought the proposed FY2016 budget before the Board of Commissioners for approval on June 16, 2015. This year proved to be another challenging year in balancing the budget and I'd like to commend staff for their continued efforts to make this happen. A special thank you to all elected officials and staff who worked so diligently on this year's budget.


Senior citizens are an important asset to our community. Many citizens and seniors may not be aware that Camden County has a Senior Center in Woodbine. The Center provides daily activities and hot lunches to all qualified senior citizens for their enjoyment and well-being. The recreation facility is designed to meet the needs of our older adult population in Camden County and offers daily programming at no cost.


Lastly, with hurricane season with us until November 30th, it is best to be well prepared in the event a storm heads towards Camden. As a coastal county, Camden County is particularly at risk for hurricanes that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Every Georgia resident should prepare for hurricanes, plan to evacuate, and stay informed in the unfortunate event of a hurricane hitting our area. We must guard ourselves against complacency through preparation. Be safe and be prepared this hurricane season. Visit the Emergency Management section of our website for more information.

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!


Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO

County Administrator

Camden County Earns National Awards for Innovative Programs

Camden County has been recognized with four (4) Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). Due to the exceptional results and unique innovations, two (2) awards were "Best of Category" honors. The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.


"I'm thrilled with this announcement! NACo recognizes progressive and innovative county programs, and to be formally recognized nationally allows Camden County to share our accomplishments with other counties across the nation," said Steve L. Howard, County Administrator.


NACo recognized the following programs in Camden County:

  • Co-Sharing Fleet Management Resources: "Sharing Services Among Different Fleets" (Best of Category in County Administration & Management)
  •  Magistrate Court Streamlines Arrest Warrant/First Appearance Hearing with New Electronic Warrant Process (Best of Category in Court Administration and Management)
  •  New and Enhanced Citizens' Academy: "Working in  Partnership with the Community"
  •  Strategic Plan 2015 ~ 2020 ~ 2030: "A Blueprint for Success"


NACo President Riki Hokama, council member, Maui County, Hawaii, said, "The National Association of Counties applauds county governments that are embracing pioneering and more effective ways to serve their constituents.  The Achievement Awards recognize counties' outstanding efforts to strengthen services and deliver results for residents across the country."


Nationally, awards are given in 21 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide.  The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.


Camden County will be recognized at NACo's 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition on July 12, 2015 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  County Administrator Steve Howard and Magistrate Court Judge Jennifer Lewis will be in attendance to accept the awards on the County's behalf.


Started in 1973, NACo's annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs.  Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

Camden County Board of Commissioners Approve Option Agreement for Real Estate
The Board of County Commissioners on June 3, 2015 unanimously approved an option agreement to purchase 4,011 acrews, more or less.  The subject property was the former location where the world's most powerful  rocket motor was test fired in the 1960's. The county will be commencing soon the next milestone of the project where by the Federal Aviation Administration prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating a commercial launch site in Camden County, Georgia. 
"This exciting announcement advances the project forward and aligns with the county's vision of developing a world-class spaceport," stated Steve Howard, County Administrator.


Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Starline signed the much anticipated contract and said "This is the first step toward what could be the most beneficial project that the County has ever tried to undertake." 


New Website Launched
The Camden County Board of Commissioners, upon signing the Option Agreement to purchase the Union Carbide property, also launched a new website. Citizens of Camden County as well as people all around the world can now log on to for updates and information regarding Spaceport Camden.

Closing of I-95 Exit 1 for Reconstruction and Resurfacing of Ramps
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will be working on the reconstruction and resurfacing of the ramps at Exit 1 and in Camden County during June and July. 
The ramps will be closed on the following days and times:
I-95 Exit 1,North Bound Exit and Entrance

July 6th - 10th-

Stripe all ramps     

    6:00 PM - 7:00 AM  Ramp completely closed to traffic

Summer Community Vendor Sale
The Kingsland Down Town Development Authority will be hosting a Summer Community Vendor Sale on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Royal District Market at the Depot.  Come visit Camden County's Fire Rescue/EMA booth for free information on Hurricane Preparedness and the Best Evacuation Routes.
Lots of other vendors will be there, so come out and see what our local businesses have to offer to the community.  
June began Hurricane Season
Are you Prepared?
June 1st began the official start of Hurricane Season. Camden County, being a coastal county, is particularly at risk for hurricanes that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. 
Every Georgia resident should prepare for hurricanes, plan to evacuate, and stay informed in the unfortunate event of a hurricane hitting our area. We must guard ourselves against complacency through preparation.
Please read the Hurricane Guide to learn more about how you can be safe and be prepared this hurricane season.  You may also go to our website to learn more about Hurricane Preparedness, click on:
Back to School JAM!
Join us August 1, 2015 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at Camden County Leisure Services/PSA (Recreational Center behind Camden County High School) 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland, Georgia. 
Registration is required so please login to:
Registration Deadline is July 25, 2015.
If you would like to donate login to:  All donations will be used to purchase school supplies.   To volunteer or participate contact: [email protected].  
Dilworth Road Closure set for July 18th - 25th
St. Marys Department of Public Works Director Bobby Marr issued the following announcement about a Road Closure.
Beginning July 18, 2015, Dilworth Street will be closed at the main railroad crossing in order for St. Marys Railroad Company to make necessary repairs to the crossing arms.  The crossing will be closed for approximately one week and is scheduled to reopen on July 25, 2015.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the St. Marys Public Works Department at 912-882-4415.
Camden County Senior Center
The Senior Center is a public recreation facility designed to meet the needs of our older adult population in Camden County. Through participation and volunteerism, they strive to create a place where seniors can socialize and feel a sense of independence. Open to adults age 60 and older, the Senior Center is located in the renovated Ralph Bunche Complex at 1501 Georgia Avenue, Woodbine.  
Camden's Senior Center, partners with the Coastal Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging, is available to provide hot, nutritious lunches every Monday through Friday at 11:30AM. There is no charge to seniors that participate in the lunch program but in order to receive lunch, seniors must be present at the Center by 10:30AM.
The seniors get together daily for exercise, outings, crafting, quilting, sharing of stories and talents, and many other activities. In order to attend any field trips or meal outings, seniors must attend the Center at least 3 times per week.  
Another great service offered by the Center is free transportation to those participants who don't drive. The Coastal Regional Coaches will pick you up and drop you off at your home.
If you or a loved one could benefit from the activities at the Senior Center or you would like more information on transportation or other programs, please contact Darlene Bell at 912.729.1945. The Senior Center is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Camden County Solid Waste Holds
 Annual Fishing Derby
Camden County's Municipal Soild Waste (MSW) Landfill held its annual Fishing Derby, Saturday, June 6, 2015.  The Fishing Derby takes place the first Saturday of June and always draws a large 
Brandt Jeffcoat, Largest Bass
crowd and plenty of fun and excitement for the children. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) bring in baby catfish that are grain fed until June as to be ready for the Fishing Derby.  Numerous volunteers assisted Solid Waste staff to make this a memorable day for all.

Camden's MSW facility, located on the western edge of the county, hosted about 50 children plus adults, awarding top prizes for categories such as the youngest fisherman, largest catfish and largest bass. The youngsters loved catching plenty of fish and enjoyed consuming lots of hot dogs throughout the derby.

Lucas Crosby, Youngest Fisherman

Camden County's MSW Landfill has been hosting the annual Fishing Derby for over 20 years.  A special thanks to Advance Disposal for providing the prizes for the 2015 Little Angler Winners.


Michael Strickland, Largest Catfish
Tips for Preventing Heat--Related Illness
The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips: 
  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar-these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    • Infants and young children
    • People aged 65 or older
    • People who have a mental illness
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

If you must be out in the heat:                                                             

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on outdoor exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first "tip" (above), too.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say "broad spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection" on their labels).
  • Keep a copy of the attached handout with youonsite so that you can protect yourself, easily recognize the signs and symptoms, and  know what to do if you or a co-worker begin to show signs of a heat related illness while help is on its way.
  • Call 911 if you or a co-worker begin to show signs or symptoms of a heat related illness.
July 4th

Come celebrate the 4th of July in a small-town atmosphere in St. Marys, Georgia with a parade, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids rides, a street dance and one of the largest fireworks displays in Southeast Georgia.  America's Birthday Train will also be running at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to celebrate the holiday!  This event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

The Board of County Commissioners wish everyone a happy and safe July 4th. 
One of our goals for the County is to ensure that we are providing our citizens with the right information and a better understanding of current local issues as related to Camden County Government. It is our hope that you have enjoyed reading the monthly Community Outreach Newsletter and have found it to be informative and helpful. We encourage your feedback and value any input you may be able to offer as we strive to improve our services for the future good of Camden County.  

By working together, Camden County can continue to be "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners

  Chip Keene
District 1

Chuck Clark
District 2
  Jimmy Starline
District 3
Commissioner Gary Blount  
  Gary Blount
District 4

Tony Sheppard
District 5
Our Commitment to You!
Our mission is to deliver defined county services with exceptional customer service and to do so in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.

Camden County 2030 is the premier coastal community of Georgia- beautiful and safe.  
Camden County 2030 has a strong regional economy and diverse job opportunities with four major pillars:
  • An active Naval Submarine Base;
  • A successful World Class Spaceport;
  • Space tourism; and,
  • a Technology Corridor. 

Camden County 2030 has relaxed living with quality residential developments, and abundant leisure choices for all.



The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values: Integrity, Respect, Service, Accountability, Teamwork and Balance.