Tybee Island is seeking an additional $90,000 to complete a geothermal heating and cooling system for its city hall. Officials said once the project is completed, the community's geothermal system is expected to reduce energy use and save money.
The Tybee City Council has agreed to move trick-or-treating on the island to Saturday, Oct. 29 because the traditional date falls on a Monday. The change was requested by residents of a single street. But Lewis Avenue has special clout at Halloween. Also known as Trick-or-Treat Street, it draws more than 2,000 people every October.
High surf from Hurricane Irene this weekend washed away more than sand. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles were near the end of their nesting season when the storm lashed the beaches. Turtle-watchers spotted numerous examples of nests that just disappeared after Irene.
Hurricane Irene churned up rough seas and dangerous riptides on Georgia's beaches as the storm passed the coast more than 200 miles offshore. Lifeguards on Tybee Island closed its waters to swimmers Friday after officials decided conditions were too dangerous.
Hurricane Irene is churning up rough seas and dangerous riptides on Georgia's beaches as the storm passes the coast 240 miles offshore. Lifeguards on Tybee Island closed its waters to swimmers Friday after officials decided conditions were too dangerous. Surfers and others were still being allowed in the water at their own risk.
National Weather Service forecasters are warning of several threats to Georgia marine interests because of Hurricane Irene. The US Coast Guard is urging shippers to use extreme caution because of possible 15-foot seas, dangerous rip currents and unusually high tides. On land, however, the Savannah area could get less than an inch of rain.
Tybee Island is expecting customed revelers this weekend for its third annual Mardis Gras festival. Organizers started the event to attract visitors in what can be the beach's cold and dreary off-season. The festival already has filled up some hotels.
The US Army Corp of Engineers offered to give Tybee Island some of the sand that it plans to dredge up from the bottom of the Savannah River during a proposed harbor deepening. But Tybee Island's city council members have rejected the offer, citing beach aesthetic and safety concerns.
Some Tybee Island residents are worried about the possibility of mud on the beach from Savannah harbor deepening. The half-billion-dollar port expansion project is expected to give Tybee mountains of sand from the bottom of the Savannah River. It'll be placed just offshore to protect the island from beach erosion.