When state lawmakers convene next month, Tybee Island officials will have Hurricane Sandy arguments ready when they ask for money for beach renourishment. Cities in New York and New Jersey found communities fared better in this year's big storm if they had healthy dunes.
The city council on Tybee Island has repealed a ban on drinking alcohol on the beach, though they say the ban was rarely enforced. An amended ordinance also officially legalizes drinking on public streets, parking lots and sidewalks, which has also been historically permitted.
Tybee Island officials aren't getting all they want in plans unveiled today for an improved road to the beach destination. Transportation planners are sharing with public their design for a $60 million replacement of two bridges and other improvements on US Highway 80.
Savannah business leaders want more than just harbor deepening funds from the state legislature this year. At a breakfast meeting Wednesday Chamber Chairman Bill Shira said he'd like lawmakers to extend a tax break benefiting jet-maker Gulfstream.
A Tybee Island hotel owner accused of having workers remove part of a sand dune has agreed to spend $10,000 to fund environmental education programs as part of a settlement with the state Department of Natural Resources.
Tourism officials on Georgia's coast say tax revenue indicates that Tybee Island experienced a record summer. Statistics from Visit Savannah show that bed tax revenue rose 8.2 percent for the months of June, July and August 2012 over the same period last year.
Tybee Island city council members are looking at ways to keep the coastal city dry as sea levels rise. The city this week held a three-day workshop about its options. Residents who attended were asked to prioritize their concerns about rising sea levels. Federal guages have documented a rise of about 10 inches at Fort Pulaski since 1935.
Officials in Savannah's Chatham County hope a mediator will resolve negotiations over how to split up a local sales tax. The county and its seven municipalities have until August 12th to agree on a formula to split up its 1% Local Option Sales Tax. At issue is about $600 million in potential tax revenue.
Visitors to Georgia's largest public beach will soon have to pay more to park closest to the sand and surf. Tybee Island's City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to raise parking rates at its two beachfront parking lots from $1.50 to $2 per hour. City officials say the extra money is needed to help pay for keeping the beach clean and staffed with lifeguards.