I spent four days last week on the beautiful St. Simons Island, checking out the place many UGA fans call home the week leading up to the annual Georgia-Florida game in nearby Jacksonville, Florida. I’m writing for several different outlets about this trip, but my first piece was for Outkick the Coverage on FoxSports.com. Here’s a brief snippet and the link to read the full piece:
Walking down Mallory Street, storefronts decked out in red and black, banners and flags emblazoned with Uga’s face flapping against the sides of buildings, you might think you’re in Athens. That is until you get to the pier at the end of the street, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean.
This Athens by the sea is St. Simons Island, part of many Georgia fans’ annual Georgia-Florida game tradition. This weekend, the small island will swell as hotels and vacation rentals fill to capacity.
“We’re busier than Christmas,” says Bobbie Davis, owner of Roberta’s, a trendy women’s and children’s boutique on Mallory Street.