BEACH RENOURISHMENT IS A TRICKY SUBJECT here on St. Simons Island. Tuesday's county commission called work session is where it officially came
BUT THAT'S NOT IT in a nutshell. It might be 'here we go again', as we did in 1992 when this issue was so polarized I thought our leadership, as well as our citizenry, might have taken lessons from Congress! There was no middle ground where a reasonable person could stand. My view was that it was the beach condo complexes and hotels catering to visitors, versus permanent residents -- homeowners in non-beach front areas and East Beach area; East Beach had plenty of sand (and more permanent residents than today) and non-beach
It seems this 'gift' from Atlanta has no strings attached. I surely hope that's the case. And, I hope Commissioner Murphy will explore and explain this opportunity in a little more detail in a future town hall meeting. The next regular commission meeting may have an update; we'll see. I applaud the island's commissioner for bringing it to the table. You don't mess around with letting Tybee have all $10M if we can get half! More seriously, there likely is some good that can be done. 'The News' said, "Mr. Murphy and other commissioners were told the money was specifically for St. Simons and Tybee Islands, and that it must be used to renourish beaches with sand."
Could it be that East Beach will be happy, as more
This time around I
• During WWII the federal government deepened and extended the channel in St. Simons Sound to facilitate the launching
• In 1964 Hurricane Dora hit St. Simons, flooding neighborhoods and washing away several homes on Beachview Drive and caused severe beach erosion. President Johnson came to view the damage and ordered rocks installed on our beaches – hence the name “Johnson Rocks”.
• In the 1990’s a proposal to pump sand onto the beach on St. Simons met fierce local opposition and the county commissioners retracted the proposal.
• In 2011, the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau asked the Glynn County Commissioners to start a dialogue among local experts about erosion on St. Simons and beach renourishment. The commissioners showed little interest in pursuing so no dialogue was started.
• Now, in 2018, Governor Nathan Deal has purposed to give St. Simons Island and Tybee Island a $10M grant for beach renourishment. More to come in this wrapper as information is presented.