CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) - A place for hunters and their families to stay could be coming to Randolph County.
County Commissioners rezoned almost six acres of property today. The land is right off 82 in Cuthbert, across from Patterson's Restaurant. Organizers want to turn it into a hub for hunters, something that say could give the county's economy a big boost.
Randolph County Georgia is known in part for its hunting. It's what lured Devon Robinson in from Florida years ago. "We just fell in love with the culture and value of this town and the people here," he said.
Many hunters pass through, but Robinson says the county lacks lodging. "We see the need for some place available where people can come here and stay," he said.
That's why he and Eric Daniels created a plan to make a type of Hunters resort off Highway 82. " We want to create a landmark and have resources here for our clients that took us years to have," Robinson said.
They are hoping to have a campground for hunters to leave their RV's. "At the end of hunting season they don't have to move all their campers off of leased land. They can literally call this place home," Robinson said.
They are also hoping to have a gathering area, country store and other amenities. "We can create a comradery of like-minded individuals, families who are looking for a family environment."
County Manager Franklin Etheridge says he thinks it could be good for the county. "It conceptually should bring hunters into town and into our community so more interaction here locally with stores, restaurants and businesses as opposed to having the hunters out in the woods by themselves and bringing what they need."
Fred Patterson owns the restaurant across the street. He says he's looking forward to what is to come. "It's great. Anybody that can bring any sort of revenue to Randolph County is good," he said.
There is still a lot to be done, but the men are excited to make their ideas a reality.
"It's got hunting, fishing. It's a paradise here. It gives you a certain sense of freedom that we want to share the world as well as help our community," said Eric Daniels of Randolph County.
The men are hoping to be in business at this time next year.