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Tybee Island, GA 31328
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• Tybee Island City Hall •
• PO Box 2749 • 403 Butler Ave • Tybee Island, Ga 31328 • (912)786-4573 •
• Business Hours • M-F: 8am - 5pm •
• 2015 Holidays: • Dec 24-25 •

City Offices will close for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 26 - 28

The Memorial Park Playground is closed until further notice. The soft surface has deteriorated, leading to children tripping, falling, and getting hurt. The playground will be closed until replacement can be arranged and work completed. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Mayor's Message


Welcome to the City of Tybee Island’s public website. This site is intended to provide timely and accurate information to our citizens and other interested individuals. We have invested a lot of time and energy into the development of this site and are very proud of all that it has to offer.

One of the fundamental goals of government at every level is open and transparent governance. “Cityoftybee.org” affords the City the opportunity to make our municipal government even more accessible to its citizens. As always, if you cannot find an answer to your question or concern on-line, feel free to use the "Directory"  link to get in touch with someone at City Hall. And please be reminded that Mayor’s Night In takes place the second Tuesday of each month from 6 PM until 8 PM. Feel free to drop by and see me if you have some new ideas, a question, a complaint, or just want to stop by and chat. Thanks for visiting our new website!

Council Highlights

The City Council meeting agenda, minutes, and schedule of upcoming meetings can all be accessed from the navigation menu to the left. Move your cursor over the City Officials menu item, then as the choices pop up, move to City Council, and finally, select the items you'd like to view. You can also click the links below:

Announcing: Meeting Videos Available for Online Viewing
For those of you without Comcast to view Council Meetings live, we now have Council Meetings via Video-on-Demand. Council Meetings will be uploaded to http://cityoftybee.pegcentral.com. As the uploading process can take several hours, we plan on having each meeting available the morning following - sorry, no live streaming! Planning Commission meetings will also be uploaded there, as well as selected content from our cable access broadcast schedule. If you have a favorite program you'd like to see in the VOD library, please drop us an email at feedback@cityoftybee.org.
Deep Water Well Project Status Update
At the March 26th Council Meeting, Andrew Morris from GEFA (Georgia Environmental Finance Authority), presented current details of Tybee's project to create a deep well to draw water from beneath the Floridan Aquifer to help reduce risk of salt-water intrusion into the aquifer as well as to reduce or eliminate Tybee's reliance on water from Savannah's supply, as mandated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The presentation can be found at http://www.cityoftybee.org/Assets/Files/CityCouncil/20150326_WRD_MorrisCoastalWell.pdf. The full video is on our VOD site at http://cityoftybee.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=de3c3b78b24396aee15f4ca274b19bb4 at 0:13:37, if you would like to hear the speaker while you review this content.

Island News


Want to know the latest conditions? Check out these surf and ocean links:


Your safety is our top concern. That’s why Tybee wants to make sure you know about emergencies and incidents as they happen. By opting into our Citizen Alert emergency notification system, you’ll be informed before, during, and after incidents that could impact your safety.

First, click on the Citizen Alert button here:  

Click on the “Sign Up” button to add your information to this notification system.
You will be asked to create an account:
• Create a Username and Password
• Usernames must be a minimum of 4 acceptable characters. Acceptable characters are: uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, period, dash (-), underscore (_), and at symbol (@). No other characters or symbols are permitted at this time.
• Password must be 8 to 64 characters long and contain at least one letter and one number. Special characters are permitted, but limited to !@#$%^&*(). Select a security question and enter its answer.
• Enter a Registration Email Address. This address is used to send temporary passwords, if you forget your credentials.
• Accept the Terms of Use by checking the box
• Click “Create Your Account”

Complete Your Profile
After creating your user name and password, you’ll be brought to a page where you can complete your profile. This is where you enter your personal information, including First Name, Last Name and Registration Email.

Next, you will select how you want to receive alerts. Options may include SMS text messages, email, mobile phones, landlines, or a mobile application for Android and iOS devices. IMPORTANT: The order you set these contact paths will be the order in which we will try to reach you for any event notifications.

You can register as a resident or business
Use your company name for first and last name if registering a business.

Enter any Locations You Care About
We send alerts based on a geographical location on a map. Insert up to five addresses for which you want to receive an alert if the location is affected by an incident or upcoming event. For example, you may wish to enter your home address, your work address, your spouse’s work address, and your child’s school. While a major weather event would affect all those locations, a power outage or water line repair might affect only one.

IMPORTANT – If the address you provided is not in our database of known addresses for our jurisdiction, you will be presented with other options to add your address into this system, including: selection from a list of suggested addresses, or dropping a pin to select your location on the map. (The Microsoft Silverlight plug-in is required with Internet Explorer browser.) You will not receive any location based alerts if you do not provide a complete address.

Sign Up for Alerts You Care About
You’ll be presented with various alert subscriptions to sign up for. These could be important community alerts, transportation alerts, weather notifications, etc. Although there can be a quiet period enforced between 10PM and 7AM if you allow it, except for severe emergencies, do note that some alerts may come out with annoying frequency – for example, lightning alerts may be given by NWS several times during a single thunderstorm. Be somewhat circumspect in selecting your events! Remember, you can always come back to add or remove alerts whenever you wish.
For your reference: Advisory is the lowest warning level, meaning condition is likely, and is usually used for less dangerous weather events. Watch means the event is likely, but exactly where and when is still unknown. Warning means the condition is life-threatening and occurring in the referenced area; protective measures should be taken immediately.

Once you have finished and saved your account, you have successfully signed up.

If you have any questions, please contact City of Tybee Information Technology staff at alerts@cityoftybee.org or 912.472.5112.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Public Workshop

Both meeting videos are now running on Comcast cable access channel 7 at the following times:
Short-Term Rental Workshops - Sept 16th session followed immediately by Oct 15th meeting
Monday 12:15 AM 
Monday 8:30 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM
Thursday 11:30 AM
The third workshop of November 10th increases the broadcast length by another 2:20! Therefore, the third session is scheduled at different times on Comcast Channel 7. Look for it at the following times:
Monday 4:30 AM
Tuesday 9:30 PM
Thursday 12:00 AM (Midnight Wednesday evening)
Friday 1:30 AM
Saturday 2:00 PM
You may also review the ordinance as first proposed in 2011, then modified in December of 2014 at http://weblink.cityoftybee.org/weblink/0/edoc/15679/Ordinance%20N0.-2015.pdf. A newer version of this ordinance can be reviewed by clicking this link. Video of the September 16th and October 15th meetings are also available below, linked from http://cityoftybee.pegcentral.com/

September 16th Meeting


October 15th Meeting


November 10th Meeting

Cross-walk Flashing Signals to be Installed at Each Pedestrian Cross-walk

GDOT's contractor for the flashing pedestrian cross-walk signs is this week  installing the work area traffic signage for the project which will put the signage at each of the marked cross walks on Highway 80. The contractor will not start the project until November 16, 2015 after the Tybee Salutes Heroes Parade (November 14, 2015). Work schedule will be dependent on weather with the project likely lasting until the end of December.



If You See Something, Say Something

To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it's suspicious.
If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in France, as well as other parts of the world where terrorism is running rampant over the rights and humanity of local populations. While Tybee represents a tiny spot on the map, we also occupy a key position being so close to the mouth of the Savannah River Channel, gateway to the fourth largest maritime port in the country. Please be observant and, if you see something not quite right, report what you’ve seen to the TIPD Dispatch at 912.786.5600.

Rules for Yard Waste and Curb-side Pick-Up
Rules for Yard Waste and Curb-side Pick-Up
If you hire someone to take care of your yard, shrubs, and trees, licensed landscape companies can utilize the WastePro curbside service for ard waste at customer locations within the City of Tybee. Curbside yard waste service  for everyone – residents, property owners and contractors is conditioned on the following:
· Yard waste (leaves, yard clippings, paper, straw, and loose yard care items) shall be placed in water tight bags or other suitable containers which, when full, do not exceed fifty (50) pounds in weight. If paper recycling bags are used, please keep them dry until pickup!
· Palm fronds, branches, and other long yard waste must be tied into bundles for easy collection, then stacked and placed adjacent to the street, road or alley for collection.
· Heavy brush and tree branches no longer than three (3) feet in length and six (6) inches in diameter should be gathered into a pile no larger than five (5) cubic yards.
· Special collection may be requested for those residents who have a pile larger than the above, by calling (843) 645-4100 to set up a private contract with WastePro.
· Yard trash is picked up on the first of the two weekly pick-up days for each area!
If you elect not to use curb-side pick-up for yard waste, the standard fee of five cents per pound will apply.

City of Tybee Island Maps and Apps

The City of Tybee Island has been working with the Coastal Regional Commission for several years on providing Geographic Information System data as maps usable by the public. You can use these maps, available by clicking the title link above, to explore details of Tybee's buildings, roads, trees, and other geographic features of the island. The various types of content and usage of the maps in each section is very straightforward and easy to use. Certain data, such as water supply lines and sewers, are considered confidential for public safety reasons. If you require access to this information, please contact City staff in the Planning and Zoning Department for your specific needs. If you have questions or feedback about content, organization, or use of this facility, please let us know at feedback@cityoftybee.org. Happy exploring!

Domestic Abuse Resources and Assistance

Many on Tybee Island knew Lauren Brown and have made their condolences known to the Brown family. If you wish to contribute to the family, the city has received inquiries of how to make donations on behalf of the children of Lauren Brown. An account has been set up at First Chatham Bank for the children, Brayden and Phoenix Smart. Donation deposits can be made at any of the First Chatham branches. Also, checks can be mailed to First Chatham Bank, ATTN: Cheryl Clay, 111 Barnard Street, Savannah, 31401. Friend Katherine Schubert has set up an online fund for donations which also will provide financial support for Lauren’s children. Make donations to this fund at http://www.gofundme.com/a2hc90.
If you suspect a friend is the victim of abuse, these suggestions are from http://www.helpguide.org/, an excellent resource for friends and victims of spousal or child abuse:
Speak up if you suspect domestic violence or abuse.
If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up! If you’re hesitating—telling yourself that it’s none of your business, you might be wrong, or the person might not want to talk about it—keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care and may even save his or her life. 
Do: Don’t:
- Ask if something is wrong
- Wait for him or her to come to you           
- Express concern
- Judge or blame
- Listen and validate
- Pressure him or her
- Offer help
- Give advice
- Support his or her decisions             
- Place conditions on your support

- Adapted from: NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Talk to the person in private and let him or her know that you’re concerned. Point out the things you’ve noticed that make you worried. Tell the person that you’re there, whenever he or she feels ready to talk. Reassure the person that you’ll keep whatever is said between the two of you, and let him or her know that you’ll help in any way you can.

Remember, abusers are very good at controlling and manipulating their victims. People who have been emotionally abused or battered are depressed, drained, scared, ashamed, and confused. They need help to get out, yet they’ve often been isolated from their family and friends. By picking up on the warning signs and offering support, you can help them escape an abusive situation and begin healing.
An excellent review of some of the reasons an abused person can't break out of their abusive relationship, and some good direction on how to provide support to help is in the blog article at: http://www.damemagazine.com/2014/10/29/why-i-didnt-tell-you-he-was-beating-me. Before the first physical abuse occurs, there's usually some brain-washing to keep the victim stuck in place!

To help victims of domestic abuse, we provide the information below. We will try to keep this information up-to-date over time and move it to our “Useful Links” page in its own section.


Be aware that ALL the resources listed below recommend that if your abusing partner monitors your computer usage or might do so, be sure to use computers at the library or another home. Even if you don’t wish to leave your relationship, if your partner hurts you or threatens to hurt you or those you care about, you BOTH need help. Domestic violence and abuse is never okay, never excusable. Do not hesitate to pursue assistance from any of these organizations. If you suspect abuse of a friend or a family member, please review these resources as well, to learn how you can provide the most effective help.


Also note that while there does currently exist a National Domestic Violence Registry, some of the links given on that web page lead to hacked web sites. Until we can confirm that those sites have been cleaned up or the links removed, we will not post the link in this resource list.


A.A.R.D.V.A.R.C. - An Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection

This comprehensive site is for victims of violence, their families and friends, and the agencies and programs which serve them, both public and private. The goal of this website is to assist efforts to aid and support those trying to remove themselves from abusive situations and build healthier, stronger lives. For individuals, they hope to provide general educational and reference material as well as a comprehensive nationwide directory of services for "one stop shopping".

Web only: http://www.aardvarc.org/dv/states/gadv.shtml


Feminist Majority Foundation

Listing of additional abuse help and resources

Web only: http://www.feminist.org/911/crisis.html


Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Address: 114 New Street, Suite B; Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: (800) 334-2836

Web: http://gcadv.org/


Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault

Web only: http://gnesa.org/


Interfaith Hospitality Network 
Provides shelter for homeless families.
Phone: 912-790-9446
Address: 24 East 41st St.; Savannah, GA 31401

Web: http://www.ihnsav.org/


National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Web: http://www.thehotline.org/


Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire 

Offers outstanding programs on many topics, including bullying, self-defense classes for women and much more.

Web: http://www.rccsav.org/

Phone: (912) 233-3000

Address is confidential, for clients only.


The Salvation Army 
Provides shelter, food and clothing for the area's homeless population (women, children and men.)
Phone: 912-352-8366
Address: 3100 Montgomery St. Savannah, GA 31403

Web: http://www.salvationarmy-georgia.org/


SAFE (Savannah Area Family Emergency) Shelter (Domestic Violence) 
Provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and a 24 hour crisis line. Offers individual counseling, support groups, referral services, legal advocacy, and preventive education.
Phone: 912-629-8888
Web: http://safeshelter.org/

Address is confidential, for clients only.



Web only: http://www.shelterlistings.org/city/savannah-ga.html

Savannah, GA list of housing resources uncovered: Homeless Shelters, Supportive Housing, Halfway Housing, Transitional Housing, Day Shelters, Low Income Housing, Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers.


Social Apostolate
Provides food and other assistance for area homeless (women and men)
Phone: 912-233-1877
Address: 502 East Liberty St Savannah GA 31401

Web: http://socialapostolate.org/


Union Mission: Magdalene Project 
Emergency Shelter provides immediate temporary housing for those in the most need. The emergency shelter targets homeless men and women with children. Emergency shelter stay is a 90 day program and is designed to offer immediate relief from having citizens live on the street, in their cars, in abandoned houses, underneath bridges or other places not meant for human habitation.
Phone: 912-236-7423

Address: 525 E. 34th Street

Web: http://www.unionmission.org/


Wesley Community Center

Promotes the economic, educational and spiritual growth of women, children and youth. Provides recreational and educational programs, day care for children, and support groups for women and families in crisis.
Phone: 912-236-4226
Address: 1601 Drayton St.; Savannah GA 31401

Web: http://www.wesleyctrs-savh.org/

Additional resources can be found on the nomore.org web site, at http://nomore.org/need-immediate-help/.

  Beware of Telephone Scams!

Reputable companies do not make unsolicited phone calls. Multiple reports of telephone scams reach the TIPD every month. If you get an unexpected phone call, even if they seem to be calling from a company that you normally do business with, start out with a healthy dose of skepticism! Do NOT, under any circumstances, give the caller any of your confidential information! If they called you, they should have all the information about you already. They do not need you to tell them your name, your phone number, or any identifying information. If you feel the call is legitimate, and they insist on more information before proceeding, ask for their phone number so you can call them back – and then ONLY call them if the number they gave you matches the phone number you already have for that business! Seemingly harmless information, like the security cues you use for your online access, can be pieced together by phone scammers who may ultimately steal your bank account or your identity! Never send cash in order to get more cash in return. That simply will not happen! Signing up for an ongoing service that you might even like to have can lead to heartache, as the most disreputable companies will simply steal your credit card number and spend your money. The least disreputable ones may deliver a service that does not meet your expectations, but you may find it impossible to cancel! There are as many online and telephone scams in play as the lively imaginations of the scammers can create. Do not part with your private information or your hard-earned cash because someone pressures you to do so! 

In particular, if someone asks you to give them money now in exchange for more money later, it is most certainly a scam! Don't do it. At least talk it over with someone else before parting with your cash!

To make sure you haven’t fallen victim to a scam, it is important to check your bank, credit, and billing statements every month. Even a small charge that you don’t recognize could be a test by a criminal before using your credit card or banking information prior to making a major purchase. While banks and credit card companies offer some fraud protection, it is only for a limited time after you receive a statement. If you don’t call to report a problem right away, you could be liable!

The Federal Trade Commission has detailed advice about detecting and avoiding telephone scams at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams. Please take a few minutes to review this information now and possibly save yourself a lot of time, money, and grief later!

Hurricane Season begins June 1st and officially ends November 30th. Hurricane preparedness is key to survival and orderly management under emergency conditions. Your advanced preparation can help you and your neighbors through a hurricane. Before any storm arrives, be sure to check out Tybee's Emergency Management Information, and keep handy the number for the CEMA Information Line, (912) 201-4500; CEMA also has a joint weather hotline with WTOC at (912) 644-8811. Note that the City's web-site is hosted elsewhere in the country so that, even if a potential disaster strikes here, the web will remain available for communications, and this web site will provide information updates whenever they become available. Emergency and evacuation instructions will be given as needed here and on the local cable access Channel 7 on Comcast.
CEMA and the City have voice warning sirens that announce emergencies as they arise, so there will be no confusion as to what a siren signal actually means. Instead of one centrally located siren, there are four announcement systems distributed on the Island. (See diagram.) This system is tested near noon on the first Wednesday each month. (This test will be foregone if severe weather conditions occur at the time of the test.)
If you are warned to seek shelter in an emergency, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CURRENT SHELTER, such as your home or room - the safe site locations shown in the picture - Battery Brumby, the Tybee Gym, and the Ocean Plaza meeting rooms - are safe sites intended for beach goers and visitors without any other place of refuge. In the event of an evacuation order, you would only then be expected to leave your home and depart the island!

If you have not yet registered for the Citizen Alert notifications, now is a great time to do so! You will be notified of emergencies, as well as less urgent events if you so request. Click the icon to go to the registration page.
 Sign-up for email alerts from CEMAThe Chatham Emergency Management Agency also provide alerts, typically via text. These alerts may be for any number of safety and weather related situations. They also send out a regular newsletter discussing CEMA training and volunteer opportunities and providing detail on what the organization does to be prepared in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. 

Flooding, Flood Insurance, Flood-related Building Requirements, and Emergency Planning for Tybee Homeowners
Tybee's Emergency Management Coordinator, along with the rest of the City team, strives to keep everyone informed of all the necessary information to be prepared for a flood or storm-surge on the island as well as requirements related to the purchase of flood insurance, permitting for flood-defensive construction, and emergency planning for residents and businesses on the island. There are many different resources that address the several possible types of flooding, of flood preparation, disaster mitigation, and insurance options, which means each home and business owner must review these various resources to determine what kinds of issues and mitigation plans may affect them. Please review the following documents and web sites for more information on these subjects:

If you have questions or suggestions to make this information more readily available and understandable, please let us know your ideas by dropping us an email at feedback@cityoftybee.org, or stop by the TEMA or City Hall offices.

Doing Business with the City

To apply to be on the City's approved vendor list, please download, complete and return the Vendor Application Form.
To view any RFP, click this WebLink , then select Finance > RFPs and the year of interest. Open RFPs are in the folder named for the year of request.

The City of Tybee Island has the following RFPs out for bid. Click the RFP number to access each request, or click here to see them all:



RFP#2015-674 Curbside Collection of Residential and Commercial Waste and Collection of Recyclable Materials

A PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER 23, 2015 at 3:00PM at Tybee Island City Hall – 403 Butler Avess

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