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Work on Mistletoe boat ramps could benefit McDuffie tourism

Even though a new mega ramp at Mistletoe State Park may not come from it, Thomson City Administrator Don Powers said his recent trip to Atlanta to meet with legislators was not a wasted one.

Mr. Powers met with state officials hoping the governor's Go Fish Georgia proposal might help fund a large boat ramp closer to Thomson than the one at Wildwood Park. Atlanta knows Clark's Hill Lake needs to be in the mix when Go Fish Georgia kicks off.

Upgrading current ramps may be in the works soon, though. Mr. Powers and Tourism Board Member Epp Wilson also recently met with Mistletoe State Park representatives to further discuss measures that would be mutually beneficial. Local officials hope to attract more "heads in beds" in McDuffie County hotels and motels through the improvements.

County officials passed along good news on the hotel/motel front. McDuffie County room taxes were up last year over 2005 numbers by 5.2 percent and were 32 percent higher than in 2004.

January and February of this year have slowed down after two major construction projects - Shaw Industries and the I-20 weigh stations - have neared competition and fewer out-of-town workers needed to stay overnight.

Web posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007

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