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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: • Sept 7 • Nov 11 • Nov 26-27 • Dec 24-25 •


WastePro filled their truck too soon on Monday, preventing them from completing all their scheduled pick-ups, and will be out catching up on their routes Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. All delayed pickups should be completed by the end of day on Wednesday.


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.


The Mayor and Council of Tybee Island are considering applicants for volunteer positions on committees and commissions as listed below. Click the associated link for more information about each position:
  • Beach Task Force: Several openings on the BTF remain to be filled. Anyone seeking an appointment on the Beach Task Force should contact the City Clerk for more information and to apply.


Island News

CURRENT MOON

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

 
 
  




How to get the correct content on Comcast local access channel 7
 
It has long been a problem that Comcast channel 7 may suddenly not show Council and Planning Commission meetings, as well as our other local programming. This problem does not relate to broadcast, DiSH, or DirecTV television services. If you are a Comcast customer on Tybee, you should be receiving Tybee-related programs on channel 7. Often, the set-up information will incorrectly cause a 24-hour infomercial channel to show. Even if you were receiving local programming, you may suddenly turn on your TV one day to find the wrong programs. Getting this problem straightened is sometimes easily handled with a quick phone call and at other times cannot be fixed after many calls to many different Comcast representatives. At long last, Comcast has recently found out why this has been happening and will be making internal changes effective during the month of August, 2015. Until then, if you are getting that infomercial on channel 7, you can forward your Comcast or Xfinity adapter serial number to feedback@cityoftybee.org, and we will be working with Comcast on getting these problems fixed for everyone who is experiencing them! You can take a picture with your cell phone and mail it in, or you can copy down the serial number which you will find clearly printed on the bottom or back of every Comcast or Xfinity box, whether a tiny DTA, a subscriber box, or a DVR.


What you should know about beach advisories:
 
People have been calling Thursday, July 2d, about beach closures -
- First, THERE ARE CURRENTLY *NO* BEACH ADVISORIES NOR BEACH CLOSURES ON TYBEE AT THIS TIME!
- Second, beach advisories do NOT involve closing the beach. Those with open wounds, compromised immune systems, very young, or very old should stay out of the water on the few cross-overs affected. Tybee has over 20 beach areas, with usually only one to a few under advisory at a time. Sitting on the beach and enjoying the sand and sun are perfectly safe. (Sunlight is one of the best disinfectants!) Going into the water at other cross-over points is safe. There are signs at every cross-over indicating whether that particular beach area is under an advisory or safe.
- Third, without exception so far, when there is a beach advisory, it is due to enterococci - the bacteria that give you diarrhea. There has not been an instance of "flesh-eating bacteria" on Tybee. While there were instances last month of necrotizing fasciitus in Florida, the initial infection was caused by streptococci, which have not been reported as a problem along the Georgia coast. Only later did those wounds become infected by nectrotizing baceria. Again, neither are a problem on Tybee's beaches. Don't get the water from an area under advisory in your mouth. If you don't go swim or lick a swimmer, you can't be affected!
- Lastly, the beach advisory that WAS imposed on June 24th for areas near the south end of the island was LIFTED two days later on June 26th. To repeat, there is no advisory currently in affect anywhere on Tybee.
 
Tybee has one of the better records for beach advisories; the worst offender on Tybee is the Polk Street beach area - due to its proximity to the Wildlife Bird Sanctuary, contamination from the birds, when combined with extended hot temperatures and a thundershower or two, it may get flagged a couple times each year. Thankfully, the very wide tidal fluctuations on Tybee result in a quick turnover of the water all along our beaches, making most advisories very short lived.
 
GaHealthyBeaches.org provides information about the current advisory status of the Georgia coastal beaches. By clicking on the beach dots on the map of the coast, users can see whether the beach is under advisory, what the latest sample value was, and the date the sample was taken. The webpage also allows users to subscribe to e-mails that will inform them whenever an advisory has been issued or lifted.

To get a comprehensive look at past beach advisories along the coast, EPA has a website, http://watersgeo.epa.gov/beacon2/beacon.html, that displays the information for each beach. Every beach state is required to submit their monitoring and notification data to EPA, so it is a very comprehensive database. But on their website users will need to drill down to each beach to get to the data.
 
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) publishes an annual summary, pulling the beach data from the EPA database to produce a very easy to read report every year. The Georgia page of the report is at http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/ga.asp where you can see the summary statistics. Note that this link goes to the 2014 report – NRDC should be releasing the new 2015 report shortly before the 4th of July holiday.
 
Here are the statistics from that last site:
County
Beach
Total Samples
% of samples exceeding
BAV
View
Camden Cumberland 0 n/a view
Camden Little Cumberland 0 n/a view
Chatham Little Tybee Island 0 n/a view
Chatham Middle Ossabaw 0 n/a view
Chatham Wassaw Island 0 n/a view
Chatham Williamson Island 0 n/a view
Glynn Little St. Simons 0 n/a view
Glynn Pelican Spit (Off Sea Island) 0 n/a view
Glynn Rainbow Bar (Little Ssi) 0 n/a view
Liberty St. Catherines Island 0 n/a view
Mcintosh Blackbeard Island 0 n/a view
Mcintosh Cabretta (Sapelo) 0 n/a view
Mcintosh Nanny Goat (Sapelo) 0 n/a view
Mcintosh Wolf Island 0 n/a view
Chatham Bradley (Ossabaw) 6 0% view
Chatham Skidaway Narrows 7 0% view
Chatham South Ossabaw 6 0% view
Chatham Tybee Island North 51 0% view
Chatham Tybee Island South 51 0% view
Glynn Blythe Island Regional Park Sandbar 7 0% view
Glynn Reimolds Pasture (Little Ssi) 7 0% view
Glynn Sea Island North 7 0% view
Glynn Sea Island South 7 0% view
Glynn South Dunes (Jekyll) 51 0% view
Mcintosh Contentment Bluff Sandbar 7 0% view
Mcintosh Dallas Bluff Sandbar 7 0% view
Chatham Tybee Island Middle 51 2% view
Glynn Convention Center (Jekyll) 51 2% view
Chatham Tybee Island Strand 51 4% view
Glynn Capt. Wylly (Jekyll) Near Beachview 51 4% view
Glynn Jekyll North At Dexter Lane 51 4% view
Glynn 4H Camp (Jekyll) 51 6% view
Glynn East Beach Old Coast Guard (Ssi) 53 6% view
Glynn Massengale (Ssi) 53 6% view
Glynn 12 St. Goulds Inlet (Ssi) 55 9% view
Glynn 5Th St. Crossover (Ssi) 53 9% view
Chatham Tybee Island Polk St. 62 15% view
Glynn Jekyll Clam Creek 54 15% view
Glynn St. Simons Island Lighthouse 56 16% view
Glynn St. Andrews Picnic Area (Jekyll) 70 31% view
Chatham Kings Ferry 4 75% view


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:
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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.

 

ShelterListings.org

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 IS HERE...ARE YOU READY?
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.



Lights Out for Turtles
Nesting season runs May 1 - Oct 31
2015 Nest Count for
Tybee & Little Tybee
2015 Hatched
Tybee Nests

0 & 0

0

You can find a map showing the location of current nests at seaturtle.org's Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring System, and you can track some of the turtles found injured, nursed to health and released by Georgia's Sea Turtle Center on their satellite tracking page. Visit the Sea Turtle Project Facebook page for most recent updates.
 
Tybee is a nesting area for two endangered turtle species and one "unusual" species. Loggerhead and leatherback turtles are endangered and like to nest in the sand found along the beaches of Tybee and Little Tybee Islands. Diamondback terrapins  are on the protected species list; their nesting areas are on the north end and cause them to try to cross Route 80. While Tybee used to see hundreds of sea turtle nests each year, an excellent year now may see no more than a dozen. Disturbing the nests or harassing any of these species is against the law! Their nests are marked when found to stop people from accidentally trampling eggs or hatchlings. Please keep clear! Hatchlings will head to bright light when they dig out from the sand, which should be toward the sun or moon rising over the ocean. However, street, deck, and home lights may be bright enough to attract them in the wrong direction. During nesting season nights, please turn off or shield lights that might be seen from the beach, and avoid flashlights or flash photography on the beach. Your discarded plastic bags, soda can rings, and cigarette butts, as well as other trash not properly disposed of, can harm turtles and other wildlife - please clean up all your items and trash from the beach! Trash containers are located at every dune crossover for your use. Please drive carefully on the north end to avoid harming any turtles that may be crossing the road.


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:

Derelict Structure Removal Project
If the WebLink access is unavailable, try this link for a PDF copy of the RFP.
BIDS ARE TO BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN: July 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM
ALL RESPONDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

North Beach Dune Maintenance Project
If the WebLink access is unavailable, try this link for a PDF copy of the RFP.
BIDS ARE TO BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN: July 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM
ALL RESPONDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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