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G8: Security Tight on St. Simons Island

G8: Security Tight on St. Simons Island

By Jamie Muro First Coast News

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA -- It's the first thing you notice once you enter the Golden Isles: the security net. It's vast, and its obvious.

Signs of law enforcement, from all levels of government, are present on just about all street corners once you drive over the causeway to Sea Island. The closer you get to The Cloister at Sea Island, the more security you see.

Lynn Crank's world is surrounded by security. She works at The Farmer's Market, which is just on the outskirts of the McKinnon St. Simons airport. The airport has been turned into a major military installation with President Bush now staying just down the road.

"At first it was a definite fear thing, when you saw them in bits and pieces," said Lynn.

Lynn says the fear factor had everyone on their toes initially.

"One day there was a racoon in the tree, a small group of us were looking at it and they came out of the woodworks, what's in the tree?"

But now, Lynn appreciates the extra eyes.

"Now that we're seeing the numbers and realize they're tne of them to every one of us, it's comforting, it's very comforting."

Created: 6/7/2004 9:15:41 PM Updated: 6/8/2004 9:57:08 AM

2008 First Coast News.

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