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Tybee Island Holds Hometown Connection

September 5, 2014
Representatives from county, state and federal organizations attended Tybee Island’s first Hometown Connection.

The city of Tybee Island held their first Hometown Connection on Wednesday, July 30.

“The Hometown Connection provided our community with an opportunity to share the successes we have had and the challenges we face with officials from the agencies and organizations that we oftentimes only communicate with by emails and telephone calls,” said Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman.

Chatham County Commissioners Lori Brady and Helen Stone attended and found the event extremely informative. Brady said she gathered a great deal of information, which will assist in her decision making in regards to issues on Tybee Island.

Among those in attendance were representatives from Congressman Jack Kingston’s office; Colonel Thomas Tickner, Commander, Savannah District, COE; Department of Natural Resources; Costal Regional Commission; Department of Community Affairs; Georgia Municipal Association; Carol Vinson Institute of Government; officials from the City of Thunderbolt; Georgia Power; Comcast; and Tybee Tourism Council.

“Tybee Island is a jewel not only for Chatham County but for the State of Georgia due to its huge economic impact as a result of tourism,” said Sen. Buddy Carter. “The Island is fortunate to have the leadership of the mayor and city council and the Chamber to market and let people know about this great destination.”

Activities included a trolley tour of the Island to both North and South-end Business Districts, city departments and a tour of the new Public Safety Building, which was totally funded with SPLOST.

Special emphasis was given to the state of the beach in relationship to the upcoming beach re-nourishment project. Guests were treated to a steak luncheon prepared by the Sons of the American Legion, Post 154. Mayor Pro Tem Wanda Doyle said she was very excited and proud to plan this year’s event and is looking forward to making the event even better next year.