The Vision of the Program is to improve the quality of life for those that live, work, and visit Tybee Island and enhance the cultural experience while preserving the community’s barrier island heritage.
This Vision is achievable through the Director’s commitment to the National Main Street Four-Point Approach® of historic preservation-based economic development that balances design, business assistance, promotion, and organization with established committees and partners that represent each point.
Tybee Island Mayor and City Council activated the Tybee Island Downtown Development Authority (DDA) by Resolution on August 14, 2014. The geographical boundaries of the Authority are within city limits, not just the downtown area. Therefore, the name of the Authority is referred to as the Tybee Island Development Authority / Main Street Program ("Program"). Directors of the Program also serve as the Tybee Island Main Street Board of Directors. The Program By-Laws can be read by clicking the link below.
The program is governed by seven (7) Directors appointed by City Council and four (4) Ex-Officio Members. Directors work with local and state partners to provide technical assistance and financial opportunities with incentives, as available, that encourage quality growth and development while preserving Tybee Island's unique architectural and community heritage.
The Tybee Island Development Authority / Main Street Board of Directors is comprised of seven (7) Council appointed Directors that are representatives which have an economic interest within city limits, one of which is a City Council member, in accordance with the approved Resolution (PDF) and By-Laws (PDF) for the Program. A maximum of four (4) Ex-Officio Members may be appointed to serve for a two-year term by a majority vote of the Directors. An Ex-Officio member shall represent the business community, non-profit organization, and / or be a full-time resident of Tybee Island.
Sarah Bernzott Affiliation: The Tybee Tourist/Irritable Pelican Artisan Gallery Position: Voting Term Expires: 2024
Cate Campbell Affiliation: Cate's Confections Position: Voting Term Expires: 2024
Michael Flores Affiliation: T.S. Chu's/Captain's Quarters Position: Voting Term Expires: 2025
Bill Garbett Affiliation: Community Representative Position: Ex-Officio Term Expires: 2024
Sue Jackson Affiliation: Trinity Chapel UMC Position: Ex-Officio Term Expires: 2023
Susan Kelleher Affiliation: Seaside Sisters Position: Voting Term Expires: 2024
Affiliation: Tybee Vacation Rentals Position: Ex-Officio Term Expires: 2024
Beth Martin Affiliation: Tybean Art and Coffee Bar Position: Voting Term Expires: 2025
Charissa Murray Affiliation: DeVivo Marketing Position: Ex-Officio Term Expires: 2024
Kelly Swope Affiliation: Kelly & Company Position: Voting Term Expires: 2023
Dillon Patel Affiliation: Dunes Inn Position: Voting Term Expires: 2024
Agenda and Minutes
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