If you live in the Blue Ridge/Aska area, you must have heard about the controversy of the Toccoa Rocks - a favorite river spot, where tubers/kayaks could launch and take out; where people of all ages enjoyed a sunny summer day, swimming and sunning on the river-side. You must also know that the rocks were off limits for the past two years or so, due to issues the owners had with the public using the area. I could certainly understand the principle behind their reluctance however what I cannot fathom is the way this was done and how the area lost a wonderful attraction and destination.
The little stretch along the Toccoa River never looked worse - it is overgrown with weeds, and as dirty and messy as it could be. Before, while the public had access, in spite of the few trash throwing individuals, the area was clean, free of debris (thanks to the people who respected the pristine nature) and definitely a great destination spot.
It seems the controversy is finally going to court, so hopefully The County will be able to step in and either purchase the spot or apply some pressure on the owners so that we can reclaim this area, that has been a public domain for as long locals can remember.
We need as much help as we can from local residents - the Fannin County Chamber is circulating a request for affidavits stating the history of the Toccoa Rocks. This will give Lynn Doss - the Attorney handling The case - a bit of a leverage when the case is heard.
If you live in the area, and if you are familiar with the Toccoa Rocks, please FOLLOW THIS LINK, and download a sample and a blank affidavit, that you can complete and return to the Attorney or to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce. Time is of an essence, as these affidavits will have to be returned to Ms Doss by early next week.
Thanks for your help!