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    Savannah, GA, what is and what isnt legal to metal detect?

    Going to Savannah for Christmas, and want to know where is it legal and not legal to detect. I am sure the parks and squares in the historic area are off limits, wouldnt want to disturb any of that. What about near the forts? Beaches? Riverfronts? I will be bringing a Whites Surfmaster PI pro and an Excal. Thanks in advance, Steve.

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    Re: Savannah, GA, what is and what isnt legal to metal detect?

    The only place I've detected there is Tybee Island and I never had a problem there.

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    Re: Savannah, GA, what is and what isnt legal to metal detect?

    I looked on their website, searched city code for metal detecting, not found, but found other stuff: Parks close at 9pm (open 6am?). No trees can be cut or injured. Hitting/putting/driving golf balls in Daffin Park, Hull Park & Forsyth Park (1851) prohibited. Playing ball games in Dixon Park prohibited. Throwing stones, etc prohibited (golf balls assumed & probably baseballs & softballs in non-designated areas).

    I guess if you go there look at the park signs to see if anything is posted prohibiting detecting. They mentioned concern about golf (divots?) in some of the older parks so it sounds like there is some concern of damage, which isn't too surprising. Also, some of this concern is about people being injured by (flying) balls.

    Serious damage could be up to $1,000 fine &/or 30 days in jail. As I said they don't say no detecting but do say no golfing, so I guess be neat. I know the no digging or disturbing the soil laws in books everywhere were created before detectors & we're usually OK if no real damage. I was at a park in MN that said no digging or disturbing soil, asked a rec worker if it would be OK to detect there & he said I don't know why not.

    If you want to know for sure, you could call the police & ask if you would be fined for detecting parks. If it varies by park, they might ask which park(s) you'd like to detect. www.hometownlocator.com shows several dozen parks in Savannah. Best wishes, George (MN)


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    Mar 2006
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    Re: Savannah, GA, what is and what isnt legal to metal detect?

    ANYTHING and EVERYTHING managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is OFF LIMITS to metal detecting. Got a sticker on the back window of my truck that reads "Welcome to Georgia, owned and operated by the DNR"... Can't tell you about city property. You will need permission (and I'd get it in writing) to detect private property. Most of the older Victorian Era houses are in depressed neighborhoods, and my advice would be to avoid them. Last I knew, one could detect the beaches on Tybee Island, but stay OUT of the dunes ~ big fine for just walking on them. Forts that are on the National Register of Historical Places are OFF LIMITS. I'd suggest you contact the Chatham County Parks and Recreational Department before doing any swinging. Better you're "safe than sorry".
    Robin
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    Re: Savannah, GA, what is and what isnt legal to metal detect?

    Maybe just forget it unless you ask is there *anyplace* I can use my detector & not be arrested? The multiple National Historic Districts are in the National Register of Historic Places huge book, a project of the National Parks service, so I suppose if they're swarming all over, maybe they're seizing cars, detectors, wallets & filling more prisons.

    Most of the Savannah code that might apply to detecting was found under disorderly conduct, not in the park & rec sections.

    I get the real feeling of coldness on the city site that doesn't promote any use of parks except by locals who pay or tourists that drop a ton of cash for what amounts to permission to walk on the sidewalks.

    I wonder if crooked or confused officials could claim the detectorist was in a Historic District when they maybe weren't? I'll never forget Georgia executed a man for a murder he may not have done so why should they go easy on detectorists?

    I know there's still some cities in GA where detecting is allowed, just not sure which ones without checking websites. Best wishes, George (MN)

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    Feb 2005
    Sarasota, FL
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    Re: Savannah, GA, what is and what isnt legal to metal detect?

    I wasnt planning on detecting the city historic parks, just if there is any place other than that detecting is not allowed, I am sure the forts are under that. I didnt know how picky they are. Maybe I will leave them at home.

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    Just a lil' bit outta plumb...

    Mar 2006
    The Peach State
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    Re: Savannah, GA, what is and what isnt legal to metal detect?

    As i wrote... check with Chatham County Parks and Recreation. You will likely get busted if you just go out and start swinging... bad day for you at the least. Cover your backside. Seems the beach is open. Again... stay OFF the dunes. It's got something to do with "sea oats"... nothing other than grass that grows on the dunes. Gemme a call if'n you want to meet up, but that don't mean I'm gonna drive 40 miles.
    Robin
    I respect your opinion, but not when I know better.

    Fish... or cut bait.

  8. #8
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    Feb 2005
    Sarasota, FL
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    Re: Savannah, GA, what is and what isnt legal to metal detect?

    Captain Robin, Thanks, I dont want to mess with the park service or whomever. I will just be a tourist, just like they want... I will get with you if I get up this way again. Steve.

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    Jul 2012
    Leitchfield, KY
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    I'm heading to Savannah in a couple weeks, these posts have been helpful. Did you do any swinging while you was there stevemc?

 

 

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