Joint Development Authority Signs Development Agreement
The Camden County Joint Development Authority, City of St. Marys and Two River St. Marys, LLC signed a development agreement for Wharf St. Marys earlier this week. Bruce Benton, President of Two River St. Marys, LLC, is developing the marina concept which will include a marina, boat repair, haul out services, retail, restaurant and residential opportunities. James Coughlin, Executive Director of the Joint Development Authority stated “This is an important day for St. Marys and Camden County. After 15 years of sitting idle, the former site of Camden’s economic engine is poised to be the catalyst of a new era of prosperity.” Mr. Benton’s model creates a marine park that will be a true destination for those travelling by water or highway and one that can be enjoyed and appreciated by locals as well. “We are blessed to have an opportunity to do something so very good for the St. Marys Community, for Camden County and for the great State of Georgia. Our mission is to create a place that will help St. Marys achieve the right kind of growth, prosperity, and environment to preserve and improve the enjoyment, culture, safety and quality of life for future generations of citizens, visitors and wildlife. It’s very humbling to be just a small part of such a special and important task.” Mr. Benton said.
The Authority will continue to lead the way through the complex maze of governmental agencies at the state and federal levels that are involved in permitting the marina while assisting Mr. Benton with attracting top notch tenants to the site who will in turn attract others who appreciate the unique opportunity St. Marys offers their business. St. Marys Mayor, John Morrissey “The City of St Marys and Camden County JDA are excited to take the next step with Mr. Benton of Two River St. Marys, LLC, for the completion of the Wharf at St. Marys. This project is a signature development that will attract businesses and marine development to the City of St Marys.”