Bryan Rhoden left the Baker County Commission meeting this week a happy man in stark contrast to the disappointment he felt five years ago when commissioners flatly denied his request to rezone land on the St. Mary’s River for a waterfront campground and picnic area off Steel Bridge Road.
This time, the board unanimously approved his rezoning request after 10 people lauded Mr. Rhoden for the hard work he has put into his property to keep it a “clean, safe place for families to go for fun and recreation.”
“I’m impressed,” Commission Chairman Gordon Crews told Mr. Rhoden after listening to the glowing endorsements. “Your support speaks volumes. No one spoke against it.”
The commission’s decision on the evening of October 15 rezones a 6.85-acre parcel from residential to recreation resource — the same zoning that applies to a small county park and boat ramp immediately west of Mr. Rhoden’s property, which he calls St. Mary’s Cove Landing.
The county’s comprehensive plan, which designates future land use, also will be changed to reflect the new recreation status of the property, which lies immediately west of St. Mary’s Cove subdivision.