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Request for Annual Meeting Feedback

February 28th, 2013 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “Request for Annual Meeting Feedback”

We would like to get your feedback on the Lake Lanier Association’s annual member meeting. We have historically held our meeting on a weekday evening in May or June at an indoor special events location. We have rotated the meeting around to different communities around the lake — Gainesville, Cumming, and Dawsonville have been the most recent locations. We would like to get feedback on what our members think would be most beneficial and attractive to them in terms of attending an annual meeting. While we can’t please everyone, we certainly would like to craft our meeting to be of maximum benefit to our members.


a) Indoor, more formal environment or outdoor, more casual location?

b) We are planning for a June meeting. Would another month be better?

c) Weekday or weekend meeting?

d) Morning, afternoon, or evening meeting?

e) Aside from the mandatory business items we have to cover in our annual meeting, what other topics / presentations / speakers would you be interested in seeing at the meeting?

Send an email to to voice your opinion.

Lt. Gov. Cagle urges higher lake levels

May 26th, 2012 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “Lt. Gov. Cagle urges higher lake levels”

Lee Johnson
May 25, 2012

While addressing the Lake Lanier Association on Thursday night, Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle rallied for the protection of Lake Lanier and said higher lake levels have been, and can be, maintained.

“We realize the great recreational value it has for our state,” said Cagle. “It’s also a huge resource for the state of Georgia.”

Right now, the lake levels are around 1,065 feet above sea level. Full summer pool for the lake is 1,071 feet above sea level.

Cagle says the lake has been higher, using the 1996 Olympics as an example, and “where there is a will, there is a way” to keep those levels higher.

“I think it needs to be a fuller pool than (1,071) and the capacity is there to make that happen,” he said.

He urged the U.S. Corps of Engineers, which controls the water release at Buford Dam, to make the lake a “stronger priority.”

Lake Lanier, for more than two decades, has been at the center of a tristate debate for water use.

It is a part of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system and Alabama, Florida and Georgia continuously lock horns on how the water is to be used.

Georgia wants the system’s water for drinking water, economic growth and recreation. Alabama says the water is necessary for energy. Florida says the water is essential to support a seafood industry and wildlife in the Apalachicola River Basin.

Last June, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a 2009 ruling by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, who ruled it was illegal for the Corps of Engineers to use water from the lake to provide metro Atlanta with usable water.

“That was a huge win,” said Cagle. “As a result it created a whole new landscape as it relates to water quantity.”

The June 2011 ruling from the federal appeals court also gave the corps one year to make a final determination on how to allocate Lanier’s water.

“It sent a very, very strong message to the Corps of Engineers that we need an updated water management plan and I think that’s critical for not only Lake Lanier, but the entire state,” said Cagle.

Cagle said the ruling gave the state the ability to better negotiate with Florida and Alabama, who have said they plan to appeal.

But the lieutenant governor says Lanier is not as big a player in the river system as most think.

“If not one ounce of water came over the dam at Buford it would only impact the flow at the Georgia-Florida line less than one foot,” Cagle said. “Most people don’t capture that, but that’s the reality of what we’re talking about.”

The locals seem to agree that Lanier’s water is best served in Georgia.

“Those mussels and sturgeon (in Florida) lived 7 million years before Lake Lanier,” said Frank Norton of Norton Realty.

“If all this fails I want Gov. (Nathan) Deal and Lt. Gov. Cagle to mount the Georgia militia and stand on top of the Buford Dam and yell at Alabama and Florida: ‘Come and get it.’”

He said the low water levels directly affect the property value surrounding Lanier, valued at more than a half-trillion dollars.

“When the water gets pulled out of Lake Lanier, the sales stop,” said Norton.

But for some lake residents it’s simpler than that.

Paul LeMay bought property on Lanier about five years ago.

He hoped he could share the lake with his children and grandchildren, but says the constant low levels pose a safety threat, when he can even get his boat off the dirt where his dock is.

LeMay actually plans on selling his lakeside property.

“My wife and I decided this isn’t a place where we wanted to live because it’s moved from a God situation with the drought, which we can understand, to all of sudden all of these politics flushed out, which we never realized,” said LeMay.

“I no longer encourage people to look for property on the lake.”

Earlier this week, the corps unveiled a new plan that will adjust procedures at Jim Woodruff Dam on Lake Seminole in South Georgia.

The new procedures would release the minimum amount of water, 5,000 cubic feet per second, out of Woodruff Dam in times of drought until reservoirs upstream, including Lanier, were nearly at full pool.

Only then would the corps release more water — 5,000 to 10,000 cfs, up from 5,000 to 8,000 cfs — out of Woodruff Dam.

Adding more reservoirs is something Cagle sees as necessary to maintain a supply of water.

“We are going to need to build reservoirs for the state,” he said. “I think we can do it in a responsible way and in a way that protects the environment.”

That includes the Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

“I am for the Glades Reservoir, as long as it does not hurt Lake Lanier,” said Cagle. “We have to have the supply and I think the two can be balanced together.”

But as talks continue between the three states and water levels on Lanier continue to stay below full pool, the lieutenant governor says the lake needs to remain a priority — whether it’s for safety, home value or water supply.

“It doesn’t matter how you look at the lake, as long as your interest is to protect the lake, then that’s a good thing,” said Cagle.

Ten Reasons to Attend the Lake Lanier Association Annual Meeting

May 22nd, 2012 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “Ten Reasons to Attend the Lake Lanier Association Annual Meeting”

Just a reminder about the 2012 Lake Lanier Association annual meeting on Thursday, May 24, starting with a business expo and meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. It will be held at Gainesville State College’s Oakwood Campus at I-985 and Mundy Mill Road in the campus’ Continuing Education and Performing Arts Center. Follow the signs.

The meeting is open to all of the association’s current members. Non-members may join at the annual meeting. There will be several items of interest:
* From 5 to 6 p.m., there will be a Meet and Greet session with many of our local elected officials and candidates running for office. We have asked all the candidates to answer several questions regarding their stance on Lanier related issues and we will include their responses in the handout materials at the meeting. We encourage all members to attend this session and use this opportunity to voice your concerns regarding lake issues to our elected officials. 

* Concurrently, visit with area businesses at the business expo. For current business level LLA members, this is an opportunity to have face-to-face contact with lake property owners and recreational users. There is no charge to our business members to exhibit at this event, but space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a space, please send an email to or call 770-503-7757. 

* From 6 to 8 p.m., the association’s annual business meeting takes place. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will be our keynote speaker. Frank Norton of The Norton Agency will speak regarding economic conditions surrounding lake real estate. Tim Rainey will also speak about Corps of Engineers operations.

In case you’re still deciding whether to attend, check out these Top 10 reasons to join us at this year’s meeting.

1. Hear top state officials talk about water management strategy in Georgia, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
2. Meet elected officials and candidates running for office who will influence decisions surrounding lake operations
3. Meet other lake-minded individuals who share common interest in protecting Lake Lanier
4. Talk to lake-related businesses that offer products and services with you in mind
5. Hear Frank Norton talk about lake-related economics
6. Learn more about what the LLA does to advocate for your interests in Lake Lanier
7. Find out more about ongoing projects and objectives for the LLA
8. Give your input to the LLA about lake issues that you think are important
9. Learn more about compelling lake issues that affect you!
10. Because you are a member, right? This is your opportunity to find more value in your membership.

Annual Meeting Business Expo

May 15th, 2012 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “Annual Meeting Business Expo”

 Just a reminder to our business members and sponsors, you are invited to participate in the business expo portion of the Lake Lanier Association Annual Meeting at no extra charge. You may bring promotional materials or handout items to let LLA members know about your business or services. There is no charge for this promotional opportunity, but it is limited to our business members and sponsors, and reservations are required. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please reply to this email or call 770.503.7757 to reserve your space. 


The 2012 Annual Member Meeting will be held at Gainesville State College-Oakwood Campus on Thursday, May 24th. From 5:00-6:00PM there will be a Meet and Greet session with many of our local elected officials and candidates running for office. Concurrently, there will be a business expo for members to speak to local lake related businesses. The regular business meeting will take place at 6:00PM.

Spring 2011 Important Dates to Remember!

April 25th, 2011 Posted by LLA Events 0 comments on “Spring 2011 Important Dates to Remember!”

There are several important dates coming up for Lake Lanier Association members:

  • Several U.S. Corps of Engineers public participation meetings are coming up regarding policy changes ot the community docks on Lake Lanier. April 25th meeting from 6-8PM at Forsyth Central School, May 24th meeting from 6-8PM at West Hall High School, June 14th meeting 6-8PM at Dawsonville Middle School. More information on COE website:
  • LLA annual fundraiser golf tournament Monday, May 16th starting at 10:00AM at Legacy on Lanier golf course. See LLA newsletter or website for more details or to register.
  • LLA annual membership meeting Thursday, May 19th at the Forsyth Conference Center. 5:00PM start for workshop sessions, 6:00PM start for meeting. Three differerent workshop sessions are being offered at no charge to our members. Workshops include: Landscaping With Native Plants for Lake Front Properties by Master Gardener Pam Keene; Lake Lanier Fishing Techniques with professional fishing guide Ken Sturdivant; and Boating Safety with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education Officer Mike Atkinson.


2011 Annual Membership Meeting

April 14th, 2011 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “2011 Annual Membership Meeting”

The annual meeting is slated for Thursday, May 19. This year, the LLA is offering, at no charge, three concurrent one-hour educational workshops for our members. The workshops include landscaping with native plants for lake-front properties with master gardener Pam Keene, Lake Lanier fishing techniques with professional fishing guide Ken Studivant, and boating safety with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education office Mike Atkinson.

The workshop sessions will begin at 5:00PM. The annual meeting will begin at 6:00PM. The meeting will be held at the Conference Center of the Forsyth campus of Lanier Technical College, 7745 Majors Road, Cumming. It is open to members and non-members. Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

Thursday, May 19th at 6:00PM at the Lanier Tech Conference Center. The address for the conference center is 7745 Majors Road, Cumming, GA  30041.

Directions going North:
• 400 North
• Take Exit 13, Route 141
• Right onto Route 141
• Right onto Ronald Reagan Boulevard
• Entrance to Forsyth Conference Center is before intersection of Majors Road on the right

Directions going South:
• 400 Sorth
• Take Exit 13, Route 141
• Left onto Route 141
• Right onto Ronald Reagan Boulevard
• Entrance to Forsyth Conference Center is before intersection of Majors Road on the right
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Annual Membership Meeting: May 18, 2010

May 16th, 2010 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “Annual Membership Meeting: May 18, 2010”

Candidates for U.S. Senate and Congressional Districts seven and nine will address their views on lake issues in response to a Lake Lanier Association questionnaire. Also invited are candidates for County Commission seats in the counties surrounding Lake Lanier.

2010 Annual Meeting

February 17th, 2010 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “2010 Annual Meeting”

The Lake Lanier Association held its annual membership meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at the Lakeview Center, 2057 Dawson Forest Rd., E, Dawsonville.

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