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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: • Nov 11 • Nov 27 - 28 • Dec 24 - 25 •


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.
  • Tree Board: Council is looking for participants to help update and rewrite the current tree ordinance, 52A-2014 Article 7, within 60 days (by December 5th, approximately.) The Mayor and City Council will accept applications for two vacancies for the proposed Tree Board. Among the current recommendations is the establishment of a permanent Tree Board; if this recommendation is accepted in the rewrite and approved by Council, these members would serve full terms, one for two years, and one for three years. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Jan LeViner, Clerk of Council, by noon on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.


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

Beach Renourishment Project Officially Under Weigh!

The sand renourishment project is currently scheduled to run from now until Jan 1st, 2015. Visit our project page for a beach map and dates that each section of the beach is expected to be closed: http://www.cityoftybee.org/2014RenourishmentSchedule.aspx. Most of the beaches will be open while the project is under way. Completed sections will have exceptionally wide beaches, especially at low tide. There are currently no sections with no sand beach as there were back in the 2008/2009 project, so except where closed, the beach should be great.


CURRENT MOON

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

 
 
 
  




Beach Renourishment Project Schedule Now Posted
The Army Corps of Engineers has provided a preliminary schedule for the beach renourishment project. Click the link in the article title above to go to the map with numbered sections of the beach and the associated estimated date of renourishment for each section. The schedule will be subject to adjustment based on weather or other issues that may have unpredictable impact, but this will give you an idea of when to expect each section of beach to be worked on.

Jones Avenue intersection south of Hwy 80 to close Week of October 20th:

Starting Monday, October 20th, through Friday, October 24th, Jones Avenue at the intersection will be closed south of Highway 80 for the sewer mains upgrade to be completed by being run under the road. The access to the parking lot there will be closed as well, so visitors to the stores there will need to go down to Second Street to come in by that entrance. The rest of Jones Avenue will be unaffected by this closure.


...and so it begins!

Equipment for the beach renourishment project has begun to be staged at the Third Street beach access. Later, Center Street may also be used. Access may be restricted or prohibited at these access points for safety reasons while the project is under way from now until approximately the New Year!



  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!



Domestic Abuse Resources and Assistance

Many on Tybee Island knew Lauren Brown and have made their condolences 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.

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, 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/.


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.


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
2014 Nest Count for
Tybee & Little Tybee
2014 Hatched
Tybee Nests

18 & 7

18

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. Any currently open RFPs will be displayed below.

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:

RFP #2014-653 Multi-space Parking Meters and Related Software
PREBID MEETING WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 14, 2014 AT 10:30am
BIDS ARE TO BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN: OCTOBER 28, 2014 AT 10:00AM
BIDS WILL BE OPENED ON OCTOBER 28, 2014 AT 11:00AM AT CITY HALL


RFP #2014-654 Campground Cabins
RFP #2014-654 2 CABINS FOR RV PARK
BIDS ARE TO BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN: NOVEMBER 4, 2014 AT 10:00AM
BIDS WILL BE OPENED ON NOVEMBER 4, 2014 AT 11:00 AM AT CITY HALL.
ALL RESPONDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.


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