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.
Tybee Island is one of 26 places competing in America's Best Small Towns, which is sponsored by USA Today and Rand McNally. The original pool included 650 towns across America. Tybee is specifically competing in the “Most Beautiful” subcategory. It’s facing off against Jim Thorpe, Pa., Bardstown, Ky., and Sedona, Ariz.
New rules for dogs on St. Simons Island are drawing both cheers and jeers from dog lovers. On the one hand, Glynn County officials are banning dogs on the island's beach this summer when the sand is most popular, during the day. On the other hand, they're giving dog owners the discretion to unleash their dogs and let them roam free in the mornings and evenings.
New signs soon will be directing motorists traveling to Tybee Island to use a new route. They now tell people to take US 80 through Savannah. This spring, the state Department of Transporation will move the signs to usher motorists on Interstate 16.
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.