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• Tybee Island City Hall • PO box 2749  403 Butler Ave • Tybee Island, Ga 31328-2749 •
  (912) 786-4573 • Fax: (912) 786-5737  
• Business Hours • M-F: 7:30am - 5pm •
• 2014 Holidays: • May 26 • July 4 • Sept 1 • Nov 11 • Nov 27 - 28 • Dec 24 - 25 •

If you have been out and about on Tybee the last few days, it is clear that traffic from visitors is already up substantially. With the possibility of Orange Crush visitors starting Saturday, April 12th, and again the following Saturday, April 19th, please be reminded of the possibility of very heavy traffic both coming to and leaving from Tybee Island. Expect expanded enforcement efforts on Highway 80, including possible safety checks, as well as on the beaches, and the use of lane closures marked by traffic cones to guarantee quick access for public safety vehicles if required. All of these factors may contribute to very long delays on the causeway in both directions. If you can avoid being on the roads for each of these two days, your convenience, and the stress on staff charged with public safety and clean up during these times, will be well served! If walking, please be extra cautious during times of heavy traffic! Drivers will be watching other cars more closely than pedestrians.
If you are planning on visiting the island, remember to follow our beach rules: no swimming beyond 50 yards from shore, no littering nor uncontrolled trash, no glass containers, no pets, no motorized vehicles, no fires, no kegs, no disorderly conduct, and no nudity. DO follow lifeguard commands at all times for your safety and that of the people around you! The speed limit down Butler Avenue is 30MPH! Georgia State Law requires any and all vehicles to STOP in both directions for any pedestrians attempting to cross in a marked sidewalk. Parking is not free on Tybee; be sure to look for the nearest Pay-and-Display kiosk if you are parking in an area without meters; your receipt, displayed on your dash, will allow you to park in any legal space on the island for its duration. An all-day parking pass from the machine will cost you $18 or $24, depending on the location - a single parking ticket will cost you $35!

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:

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 for the upcoming term. Anyone seeking an appointment on the Beach Task Force should contact the City Clerk for more information and to apply.
  • Community Resource Committee: To serve three year terms (qualifications are listed in the full notice - click here). Please submit your resume to the City Clerk's office at City Hall - appointments will continue by Council until vacancies are filled.
  • Tybee Island's Main Street Program has one remaining vacancy in its Board of Directors. To find out more details about the program and vacancies, please visit the Tybee Island Main Street page and the Main Street Program Board vacancies article.

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.

Island News


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 The Beach is a Fun Place, But You Still Need to be Aware of Conditions!
The beach is a fun way to spend the day when the weather is warm. However, being safe at the beach depends on YOU! Be aware of your surroundings, of conditions in the water, of the commands of the lifeguards, and of the signs and flags put there to help protect you!
  • Warning flags give a quick look at current conditions in the water.
  • Venturing out on the sand bar south of Tybee toward Little Tybee is fraught with danger, both for you and for the rescue time that will come to get you! Please do not go out on the sand bar.
  • On the north end, the large ships passing through the Savannah River channel have significant wakes that are dangerous for small children and that will wash up on the shore to carry your belongings away! Please stay well back from the immediate water line when you set up on this beach.
  • Rip tides may occur on windy days with a lot of wave action. Watch for areas that look frothy or smoother than the nearby waters, as they may represent a rip. Remember, do not try to swim toward shore in a rip current, but swim parallel to the shore until you are free from the rip, then turn toward land.
  • Tybee beach cross-overs are tested for nearby water quality weekly; if problems are found, that area will be tested daily. Water quality signage is posted at each crossover! Please review these signs before you go over to the beach! 

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City of Tybee Announces Plans to Handle “Orange Crush” Crowds


Tybee Island, Ga. – (April 7, 2014) The City of Tybee Island has learned via social media that "Orange Crush" will likely be taking place on April 19. Tybee staff and police want to communicate exactly what steps are being taken as a City to deal with this event and to provide information about preparations citizens and businesses may want to take. Much like other coastal communities make plans for dealing with large groups of unsupervised youth during Spring Break, the City of Tybee will be taking extra precautions for the sake of the cleanliness of the beach, the preservation of Tybee's natural environment and wildlife, and, most importantly, the safety of our residents, visitors and stakeholders. While officially sanctioned events are more easily controlled, the reality is that Tybee is a public beach and, since no one has formally organized this gathering, our power to stop it is limited.


The Tybee Police Department has arranged for extra police officers from nearby jurisdictions to be on Tybee for the duration of the afternoon of the 19th and into the early morning hours of the 20th. Over 80 officers are expected on the Island. Additionally, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police will be closely patrolling Highway 80 from the Lazaretto Creek Bridge westward. Officers will be performing safety checks of vehicles coming onto the Island and will be keeping the two middle lanes of Highway 80 through Butler Avenue closed so that emergency vehicles can move freely on and off the Island. These lane reductions may cause delays coming to Tybee on Highway 80. Residents and visitors are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly. Traffic delays could begin as early as 2 PM and last well into the evening. 


Ambulances will be stationed on the Island in case of any emergency during the expected congestion.


The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) will once again have its Mobile Command Center stationed near the Pier on the 19th.


The City of Tybee will be using social media in the upcoming weeks to inform Orange Crush participants about island rules and regulations along with the fines and punishments for each infraction. These rules will be aggressively enforced as they are every other day of the year.


On Easter, April 20, Tybee will have its annual inter-denominational Sunrise Service at the Pier. The City is taking every step necessary to ensure the area is clean before the sun rises on Easter Sunday.   Visitors are obviously asked to clean their own belongings and trash from the beach. There will be extra trash and recycling receptacles placed on the beach, and all litter ordinances will be enforced whenever violations are found. But the lessons from past experience has forced City staff to be scheduled out on the beach late on the evening of April 19 to clean up any trash and debris left behind. Volunteers are encouraged to come out and help. The area of the beach to be cleaned will be lit to ensure everyone is safe. Clean-up will begin a little before midnight on the 19th just to the north of the Pier and Pavilion. The Tybee Beautification Association is also planning on working to keep the beach clean throughout the day on the 19th. 


Public access to the Pier will close at approximately 6:30 PM on the 19th. 


Should there be any questions or concerns, contact City Hall at 912.786.4573. As social media will be used to communicate with stakeholders, the City encourages anyone interested to follow the City's Facebook and Twitter pages. Also, Tybee’s Mayor Jason Buelterman will be personally communicating via Twitter; he can be followed at @jasonbuelterman.


Finally, there has been some indication on social media that Orange Crush may take place on April 12. If it appears that this change will take place, plans outlined above will shift to the 12th. In fact, arrangements have already been made for extra police support from Tybee’s law enforcement partners for April 12. If necessary, beach cleaning plans will also be adjusted accordingly. If any traffic congestion is expected on the 12th, all communication resources will be used to share this information with the public.

Surprised by a Water Shutoff? Check our Twitter Feed Above!
When there are quick changing situations, such as an emergency water main repair, the time necessary to prepare, upload, and publish a post here on the web is long enough that the event would probably be over by the time you could see it here on our home page. For that reason, notifications about such transient events are typically posted to our Twitter account. Even if you don't use Twitter, you can check the contents of our feed on the Twitter scroll in the "Island Events" section on our home page. If your water suddenly stops flowing, check the feed above to see if we've posted a notice. We may not always be able to let you know the expected time of repair, but most of the time, the shutoff notification will be there.

Doing Business with the City

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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:

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