When the dust starts flying in the state legislature next month, Savannah lawmakers will be kicking up sand. They're making beach renourishment one of their priorities. That's because the beach at Tybee Island is eroding. And that's not good for tourism.
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 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.