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Re: “Editor's Note: #Fix80Now or #StartPlanningForGrowth?

This statement is irresponsible and untrue:
"But with every weekend that goes by with the Lazaretto or Bull River bridges gridlocked for hours, with babies suffering heat stroke and emergency vehicles unable to reach yet another accident scene, it seems less and less crazy, doesn't it?"
US 80 to Tybee is inconvenient at times durning the summer without question. GADOT studies conclude that traffic volumes on average simply do not warrant the expenditure of $65-100M (or more) of the taxpayers' dollars. The number fatalities over time, (mostly alcohol-related), pale next to I-16's problem and probably are less than those on Abercorn Ext. Tybee road is saved by the absence of semis.
GADOT also concluded in 2001 that given the experience with hurricane Floyd, Tybee could be evacuated in 2-3 hours if necessary.
And the statement that, "...millions of dollars of economic stimulus (is) lost." is also a gross exaggeration at best. The simple fact is most of the accidents are "fender benders" that are not managed well by the Savannah-Chatham Metro PD largely due to higher priority incidents in Savannah. Does the road need improvement? Yes. The bridges? Yes. But the current GADOT plans don't call for four lanes on the road or bridges. So, not a whole lot will change even if the road and bridges are improved according to current plans and this incessant whining about the road to Tybee is a phenomenal waste of time. And inaccurate, gross exaggeration won't help either. I grew up here and have now lived on Tybee over 15 years and was the only Tybee resident to appear before the MPC in 2001 to speak on this when Walter Parker was Mayor, so can take some pride of ownership in my "experienced" position. Finally, it is of note that despite the awful road and treacherous bridges, the City of Tybee is projecting a significant increase in parking revenue this year.

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Posted by Sanddawg on 05/27/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Take your time on Orange Crush, Tybee

"To be done right, it will require a holistic retargeting of public works, zoning, policing, and business practices to change the entire economic draw of what Tybee Island has to offer any visitor."
So where is the solution in this statement? I see rhetoric but no detail. Most think that nothing short of severe Police presence that will correct these events. Some locals want the road blocks of old with every inbound car searched. The traffic would back up to Skidaway/East Broad. Like it or not, Orange Crush is and has been a predominantly African-American event but even SSU (which wants to maintain its status as a "black university") has disowned this event and has been silent about the last one. In the past 15 years that I have lived on Tybee, this has been the only "spring break" event on the island. And the truth is there is no discrimination at play. On the weekends before and following Orange Crush, there were many, many black families that came to Tybee. And they continue to come every weekend. They tend to use the beach north of 10th, away from the commercial area and lunch in Memorial Park at City-provided facilities. And what "business practices"? There isn't a business on Tybee that isn't willing to accept money for food, services and wares. Almost all stay open to customers but a few did close since they not only don't get any patronage from the students (and locals), but they also don't get any regular tourist customer business and their staffs still must be paid. Certainly most of these kids are not unruly and if anyone is asked they will proffer that students are not a problem but rather local unaffiliated young people from Savannah.
So, I wouldn't be so glib about what the Mayor and council have said. Tybee is a public island and the beach is open to all as are the businesses and hopefully it will remain that way at least in my lifetime. The most correct thing you opine is that St. Patrick's Day is a "red herring". It has issues at times fueled by the desires of local businesses to make a big buck selling beer and liquor. But, St. Patrick's is a national event in which all are invited to participate and enjoy the fun of the Irish, regardless of race, religion or country of origin. People come from all over the country and some foreign countries to enjoy the revelry. It is a truly different, family event.

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Posted by Sanddawg on 05/13/2015 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Fixing Highway 80

Notwithstanding the unfortunate numbers, I don't think GDOT agrees that the road is basically unsafe. Most if not all the fatalities were, I believe, alcohol related and not necessarily the fault of the road or bridges. There is no question that the road, and in particular the shoulders need to be improved. The latest plan presented by MPC looks like to be on target to me.

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Posted by Sanddawg on 08/16/2013 at 12:20 AM

Re: “Where's a Tea Party when you really need one?

Forty years ago, I remember my father, who was active in politics, telling me that Savannah always voted for the wrong folks and as a result, always got the short end of the federal & state tax dollars. We got the very last of I-95, for example, and it got built about 15 miles west of the city. Travelers will note that I-95 got moved several miles east of its planned route to preserve South of the Border because the owners supported the right folks. It's just the way it works in this country.

Posted by Jim G on 11/10/2010 at 8:27 PM

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