Tybee Island, Georgia – The City of Tybee Island extends its heartfelt thanks this holiday season to all who helped deliver another 12 years of federal authorization for beach nourishment. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) President Joe Biden signed December 23, 2022 extends Tybee Island's 50-year partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
“We are grateful to our Federal legislators, Senator Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Senator Ossoff, along with his staff, took a personal interest in securing the future of Tybee Island's beach nourishment by touring our island and studying our particular situation earlier this year, said Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions. “Of course, Rep. Carter, who has been a life-long advocate of Tybee's beach nourishment, provided the support we needed in the House.”
The twelve-year extension of the US Army Corps of Engineers authorization under Tybee’s current Partnership Agreement allows additional time to work with the Corps, federal legislators, and state legislators, toward the longer-term solution of a new 50-year agreement.
“Tybee has been recognized nationally as a coastal community at the forefront of resilience efforts,” said Sessions. “We continue to work with Governor Kemp and other Georgia officials to renew the state’s commitment to help fund Tybee's beach nourishments.”
The City of Tybee Island also will continue to explore additional opportunities for beach nourishment with other partners including Chatham County.
Senator Jon Ossoff met with local leaders March 2022 to discuss beach nourshment