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‘Six-pack Sally’ leaves Lanier

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Her reputation – and urban legend – precedes her. Known as Six-pack Sally because of her reputed purchase price of a six-pack of beer, a sunken 40-foot steel-hulled houseboat was removed from Lake Lanier in mid-October. 
 
“Whether the story about her purchase price is true, we understand that she was dragged across the lake and began to sank,” said Jennifer Flowers, executive director of the Lake Lanier Association, which is removing the vessel through its Abandoned Boats and Derelict Docks program. “This will be the first boat we’ve removed since receiving the current year’s appropriation from the Georgia General Assembly on July 1, but we’re certain it won’t be the last.”
 
The association turned the removal into a media event to draw attention to the issue. Port Royale through its Paradise Boat Rentals provided its 40-foot Island Voyager pontoon boat to shuttle the news media to the location in Orr Creek/Chattahoochee Bay near lake marker 4 OC. 
 
“Our program has been successful through the statewide attention that it has received,” Flowers said. “And the public has been instrumental in letting us know about abandoned boats and derelict docks through social media, including Facebook and Twitter. To them we say please keep sending photos and GPS locations so that we can locate owners and remove these eyesores.” 
 
For the second time in three years, the Georgia Legislature has earmarked $25,000 to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to be allocated to the Lake Lanier Association for this program.
 
“These funds, along with the excellent cooperation of the Corps of Engineers, DNR, the Hall County Solicitor’s Office and the Forsyth County Solicitors Office, really help us address these safety and environmental threats to Lake Lanier,” Flowers said. “We certainly can’t tackle this issue as robustly as we have without their help, from assisting with locating owners to providing support for this vital initiative.”

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