Obama should not balk at Keystone Pipeline
The United States imports 40 percent of its petroleum needs annually. Last year this equaled 3,120,755,000 barrels (1.4 billion barrels from OPEC nations and 1.6 billion from non-OPEC nations.) From a weak analysis on my part, the OPEC nations generally hate our guts and the Non-OPEC have only slightly more love for us.
The question that has begged to be answered over the last five years is "Why has our president balked on the Keystone XL Pipeline that from a friendly nation we can get a reliable 1.5 million bbls daily-or 547,500,000 million barrels annually?" From a national security standpoint alone this is a no-brainer. Even Obama should be capable of understanding this one and getting it right. So why is he balking? His legions of lemmings would have a nation of so many who will swallow anything, that this human dynamo is mightily concerned about ecological impacts. Funny, real funny. Maybe his concern centers on his tree-hugging base perhaps. I would give equal weight to his worry for the economic impact this pipeline would have on his Arab/Muslim friends.
Which side is Obama really on? From his actions alone it is hard to say whether the USA is top pillow. Take for instance his latest magical dictation through his teeth calling for drastically reducing our military when the entire world is ablaze and we have asserted ourselves in most of it. Military reductions did not work too well pre-Pearl Harbor, did they? Maybe instead of troops and missiles we can file law suits. This man's peace and solution piffles on about any actions are diametric to what we need to be doing.
St. Simons Island
Reader not optimistic about city's renewal plan
Last Friday's News Update, "City to bear down on code enforcement," may be more of the same.
Three years ago, a similar article, "Is the US 17 gateway to the Isles a turnoff", brought letters, including my 43-year perspective. I said then that deteriorating buildings can't be "landscaped away" but rather the city needed to require their demolition for the sake of the overall community good. The "long view" I mentioned then, (creative land use/urban renewal plans, and traffic/road circulation), later led to a Savannah College of Art and Design group preparing a Gateway plan.
It remains just that - a plan with no overall renewal zoning plans, linked to codes, guidelines and ordinances - the "long view" of a gateway plan.
On the "short view" - codes to effect "clean up", the question remains: have there been significant progress since the early "turnoff" article where commercial property owners blamed the economy? No, likely they will do little but wait for a single buyer, snubbing a "long view." Sadly, one new "wave" does not raise all ships.
So until our city officials focus on an urban renewal plan coupled with enforcing strong codes, ordinances and guidelines, we'll read more "clean up" and "gateway turnoff" articles. And, in 2067, the "gateway" will look as it did in 1967, like it does today - an over-signed commercial strip and new "landscaped" buildings to wit - "Anywhere USA" - hardly a "gateway" to The Golden Isles.
Good to donate food to Salvation Army
While you shop, try to remember those in such dire need by buying an extra bag of groceries or two and donating them to the Salvation Army to help with the recent cuts in the farm bill. Millions of families are lining up to receive some help and the amount of donations doesn't meet the requests. Please help by donating all you can.
Fernandina Beach, Fla.
More facts needed on warming
A recent writer postulates that global warming as a result of human activity had been disproved by a recent CERN study.
Unfortunately, he failed to read less strident comments from other sources before jumping to conclusions. For example, the author of the study, Jasper Kirby states, "(The paper) actually says nothing about a possible cosmic-ray effect on clouds and climate." The study states that cosmic rays may have a role in cloud formation. Whether that has any real role in global warming is an unanswered question.
As the Director-General of CERN Rolf-Dieter Heuer says, "People should be careful of over-interpreting the results."
Reader wants to hear scientists on warming
It is interesting reading the different takes on the man made global warming issue. I would like to see a survey of qualified scientists on the subject who are not receiving any federal government grant funds.
Developing spit will have adverse effects on island
Concerning the Save the Spit cause: Paul Shoffner, Ga., on March 2, at 12:53, petition entry No.1006 states, "We have to speak out now on behalf of our community, and on behalf of the land, and say 'They are the same thing' and say, 'No, we are not rolling over.'"
It is not alright to displace 144 species of birds. It is not alright to displace the endangered sea turtles that nest on this sandbar. This is not a place to build eight mansions, at the expense of wildlife. We are here, and hear us clearly: we will rise up to protect those that have no voice, in this - their - hour of need.
It has become "vogue" for the "powers that be" to paint themselves as lovers of the land. They proclaim the Golden Isles as the mecca for ecotourism. If we allow the spit to be developed, we will kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Their greed is showing, and it is not attractive.
Developing that sandbar will not only affect the wildlife that depend on it, but it will probably have adverse effects on St. Simons Island. This island has already lost much that makes it so special. Leave something for us to love and marvel at. In time, the ocean will take the spit. The people need the spit for storm protection. The animals need it to live on.
Eight potential mansion owners do not come before the greater good of the community.
St. Simons Island
Restoring downtown is key
Business can be attracted back to downtown Brunswick by developing and promoting its historic homes and buildings. Savannah created a remarkable tourist attraction by developing its historic downtown district. With the renewed interest in reviving downtown Brunswick, we should exploit and promote our abundance of historical architectural structures.
The Historic Brunswick Foundation is following Savannah's example of purchasing distressed historical homes and buildings, refurbishing, selling and using proceeds to continue the process of creating a viable historical district. As more interest is generated, the commercial and waterfront areas could be considered for upgrading similar to River Street. The Historic Brunswick Foundation is in the process of attempting to prevent the historical Dart house from demolition. It is one of the oldest homes in Brunswick and the previous home of the Chamber of Commerce. It could serve as a civic meeting center, an educational extension of the University of Georgia historical preservation department and tourist attraction.
Demolishing the Dart house would be like demolishing the Oglethorpe Hotel, thus destroying another of Brunswick's prized monuments.
St. Simons Island
Reader excited for next presidential election
Can I possibly be the only conservative salivating at the prospect of a "good ol' Joe" challenge to Hillary's run for the presidency? While I'm frightened at the prospect of either of them succeeding our current president, I can't help but think of Ross Perot's effect in the election of 1992.
I say "run Joe, run." I'll contribute to his campaign, and gleefully watch his every move.
While I'm at it, I have a suggestion for the opposition party slogan. A simple one word slogan that will save money on bumper stickers and say everything about the insanity of the current state of affairs in our country - enough.
St. Simons Island
Coleman spoke what some tax payers thought
Commissioner Coleman simply spoke at least some tax payers' thoughts. With respect to separation, Judge Lakin was tried on whatever merits the legal system saw. This tax payer expected that to end it, not to continue in an additional trial that could not have more intrinsic merit than the first.
I appreciate a commissioner recommending fiscal responsibility over pursuing diminishing returns.
St. Simons Island
More improvement needed for beach safety
Thank you for your article on Feb. 22-23, "County filling more lifeguard chairs". It is encouraging that the County Commission has approved funds to add nine new lifeguards for a total of 17 and to purchase two all-terrain vehicles and a personal watercraft. Also, one additional hour has been added to make the coverage from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. And covering more of the beach areas and providing more information for beach goers is also a step forward for beach safety.
However, much more improvement is needed for the sake of safety and also to match the competition of other beaches in Savannah and Florida.
The hours proposed for lifeguards - from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - would be laughable if it were not so serious. And by the way, the emphasis is on tourists but a lot of locals use our beaches also. It defies logic that a family or individuals would wait until 11 a.m. to go to the beach and then would leave by 5 p.m., when it does not get dark in the summer until nearly 9 p.m. Also, we only have lifeguards from Memorial Day through Labor Day, compared to much earlier and longer lifeguard protection by other beaches.
The editorial from The Brunswick News on Sept. 25, 2013, has other excellent ideas of using volunteers to patrol the beaches when lifeguards are not on duty in the morning and evening and to start the season one month before Memorial Day and one month after Labor Day. The idea that Jekyll uses firemen on the beaches as the tide changes, at the most dangerous times for swimmers on the sandbars, would also be helpful.
If more of our potential tourists knew what insufficient hours of lifeguard duty we have here on St. Simons Island, many might choose the beaches in Savannah and Florida over ours.
St. Simons Island
Humans are major cause of climate change
Brian Blue's letter in the Feb. 28 edition is stark evidence of the decline in standards used in discussion of important public issues. In denying significant human causes of climate-change, he cites CERN as a source of authoritative opinion on such issues. Yet, a search of the CERN website reveals nothing on the topic. In fact CERN, though science-oriented, is devoted to nuclear research. There is nothing in their mission or expertise that suggests involvement in the issue of climate change.
Many have acknowledged the influence of sun spots on world climate, but none of the thousands of well-qualified climate scientists working worldwide through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggest that sun spots are a primary factor in climate trends. Notably, Web-posted IPCC reports explain incontrovertible evidence confirming that human activities are the major cause of rising temperatures and related harms of rapidly changing climate. Equally clear is that such impacts are accelerating in various forms: drought, flooding, wildfires, crop loss, sea-level rise, melting glaciers, species extinctions, and ocean acidification.
Policy improvements adopted to reduce climate impacts caused by humans would have collateral benefits worth seeking in their own right.
What is the downside of reducing pollution-caused diseases, providing clean, renewable energy sources, and creating far more jobs through this needed transformation than in conventional practices? The only threat of making reforms needed to address climate change is faced by those who profit from polluting, carbon-based energy - businesses unfairly benefiting from various tax policies and other hidden costs.
St. Simons Island
Reader disappointed with commissioners' actions
I am more than a little concerned with some of the actions of our Glynn County commissioners. First, I have noted that Mr. Provenzano declares that he has no objection to the Island Planning Commission's recent decision to allow construction of eight houses on the southern tip of Sea Island. Not only does he not have objections, but also recommends that other commissioners not get involved in the matter. Opposition to the Island Planning Commission's decision centers around the premise that this would amend a zoning ordinance which the Island Commission does not have the authority to do. Opposition to the development also includes the damage which construction would inflict on the ecology of that sandy spit of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Black Banks River.
In another related matter, Mr. Coleman proudly announces that he stands by his decision to ask Chief Doering of the Glynn County Police Department not to pursue aggressive driving charges against a city judge in the interest of saving money. The county police had taken out a warrant against the judge on aggressive driving charges stemming from an incident in late 2012. One can only surmise from Mr. Coleman's action that the due process of law must be gouged in economic terms; that is to say, if it involves saving a few dollars then the lawful course should be abandoned.
If a county commissioner can influence a case simply on the grounds that it might be economically impractical, then what might be the potential damage done to cases which may arise in the future? Such actions and conduct would be certain to set an undesirable precedent.
Gary H. Roseman
St. Simons Island
Reader weary of those declaring homosexuality
I'm growing a little weary of all the "brave" people coming forth and declaring their homosexuality. An NBA player here, a football player there and movie stars everywhere. The media fawns and we yawn. This is the day of everything gay.
Years ago, the homosexual lobby realized the only way they could advance their cause was for the perception of homosexuality to be changed from something to be hated and feared to total acceptance as normal by the public. An all out media blitz was launched in television sitcoms, film and print media. To say they were successful would be an understatement. However, they will not be satisfied until the last bulwark of defense has been beaten into submission.
Christianity, Jesus and the Bible represent hated stumbling blocks to their agenda. God has deemed homosexuality to be a sin. I know that's not mainstream or politically correct but its truth. Adam and Eve represent the desired blueprint for humanity. In His infinite wisdom, He knows what is best for the human race to thrive. Men with men and women with women go against the natural order of creation. Just as Jesus forgave the woman caught in the act of adultery and told her to "go and sin no more," He shows love and compassion for the sinner but requires the sin to cease.
In spite of unrelenting scorn and vitriolic hatred for its plainspoken truth, the Bible will remain unchanged and the truth will indeed set us free.
Dart House must be saved at original location
I find it deeply disturbing that the Chamber of Commerce continues to completely ignore the opportunities and beauty of Brunswick. Now, instead of honoring its previous commitments, embracing the historical significance of the city, and celebrating the legacy of our founders, it chooses to destroy one of the most historically significant buildings left, the Dart Family home on Glynn Avenue. And for what? Perceived profit that seems more important than the wishes of the community, the Dart family and the legacy to future generations.
By destroying the historic Dart Family home, what message is that sending to corporations looking to bring business to the Golden Isles? That we are willing to sell out our prior commitments and neighbors for a potential profit? And how many foundations will withdraw financial support to our local arts, future economic efforts and more because they perceive that the Golden Isles is a backwards no-town? More than you think. How does destroying a beautiful historic home to build an ugly building, or worse, another strip mall, encourage people to keep coming back and bringing their friends and family? Not to mention the fact it completely ignores those people that came before us who worked, loved and died for this community.
The community needs to overcome the ongoing epidemic of rampant apathy it has fallen under since the tragic loss of the Oglethorpe Hotel through actions, the same actions the Chamber is exhibiting now. The Dart House must be saved at its original location.
Warming not solely man-made
President Obama, the Associated Press and Al Gore have all claimed that man-made global warming is a fact all scientists agree upon. John Kerry recently equated it to terrorism. It takes very little web searching to verify it isn't a fact. There are a lot of scientists that feel global warming isn't man-made but part of a natural weather cycle.
CERN, a large European research group headquartered in Switzerland that encompasses over 8,000 scientists from over 60 countries, believes global warming is caused by solar activity. Their theory is that cosmic rays seed clouds and cause cooling. The amount of seeding is reduced when solar magnetic activity is high, thus there are fewer clouds and more solar radiation reaches the earth. They have recently completed new research, but politics seem to be delaying the findings.
Some other facts are that human activity contributes about .2 percent of all greenhouse gases. The major contributor is water vapor. The man-made global warming crowd wants to not count water vapor, a natural occurring gas, so man-made greenhouse gases will appear to be about 5 percent.
Recent annual global temperature curves show that since 2010 the average temperature has leveled off, and in the last year, has even decreased. During this same period, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continued to increase, thus showing a lack of correlation between the two. The fact that the amount of Arctic ice increased last year to the highest level since 2009, and Antarctic sea ice just reached a 35-year record high helps enforce these numbers.
The above facts might not fully prove that global warming is caused by nature, but it sure shoots a big hole in the myth that man-made global warming is a fact all scientists agree upon.
St. Simons Island
Questions must be answered on guns bill
Georgia teachers with guns! Whoever is coming up with this idea needs to sit back and think this over very carefully.
Several questions need answers if Georgia wants to assign or have a teacher/principle carry a gun during school hours.
Question 1: Who is going to provide the teachers or principles with firearms training? What type of course of fire will they train on? Will they have to meet the state standards? How often will they be required to qualify?
Question 2: Who will provide liability insurance and pay for it? Since this will be an extra duty or responsibility to be armed. Will they be paid extra for carrying a gun?
Question 3: Will the school system provide the guns for the teachers or principles or will they have to buy their own? If they have to buy their own will it be OK for them to carry a Dirty Harry 44 magnum or carry a little 22 caliber?
Question 4: How often will they be required to train? If you remember not long ago the city of Brunswick couldn't afford bullets for their officers to quality and train with. They had to pay for their own ammunition. Will the school system provide the funds for this?
Question 5: For those who are allowed to carry the weapon will it be locked up in a gun safe, desk drawer or will they allow them to carry it out in the open or concealed?
Question 6: Will there be a backup teacher or principle if the person who is allowed to carry the gun is on vacation, sick leave, or on furlough?
This area has a pool of law enforcement officers who have retired and may want a part-time job as a school police officer. They have the knowledge and training. Find the money to hire extra officers instead of trying to put someone in a position that they may have to shoot someone and know that someone may die.
Commissioners unhappy with volunteer's approach
In regard to your editorial on Monday, Feb. 24, "No-kill presentation riles commissioners" you have entirely missed the point of the county commissioners' criticism of the Animal Services Advisory Board. The current president of the Board, Marcie DeSart, has attempted to take steps to change the way Animal Services operates without making an effort to fully appreciate the existing policies and procedures. Her token appearances at mobile adoption sites are insufficient to acquire a complete understanding of the areas she has undertaken to change. As president of the Animal Services Advisory Board, Ms. DeSart has used a mixture of social media sites to campaign for change rather than approach the Animal Services director or staff with questions or suggestions.
The communications breakdown has been fueled by this approach and has created a hostile environment that has undermined the great efforts taken by Animal Services to change their image as a "fill and kill" shelter to an agency that makes extensive efforts to reduce the number of animals that are euthanized through adoption and rescue services.
The recent County Commissioners meeting to address the hostile environment was a necessity to stem the conflict and restore order.
New high school still needs memorial garden
I recently had the opportunity to visit the new Brunswick High School. It is truly a beautiful and much needed addition to our community. After spending nine years in the old building, I can assure you that a new one was desperately needed. Good job. I did not tour the entire school.
I know that in the old building pictures of past principals were on display to acknowledge their leadership through the years. I do not know if that has been transferred. By the front door was a large bronze plaque to acknowledge the hard work of the administration, board of education, the architect and the builders of the new building easily seen by everyone leaving the building.
But there is still one piece missing from the new building. To the north of the old BHS, adjacent to the library, there was a Memorial Garden. It was placed there to remember the students, faculty and staff who left us far too early in their lives. It was conceived by the Student Advisory Board, built by the students in the landscape and construction classes, financed largely through donations and contributions and maintained by the horticulture classes. It was meant to be a place where those who could never return for a reunion or have their picture taken with the anchor as a backdrop would not be forgotten.
It was not built for the school administration who, as we all know, is also fluid. It's there for the kids. Now we need to make sure that it is also moved to the new school so those children and teachers will not be forgotten by future students and teachers. A plan was made for the replacement of the Memorial Garden, but due to circumstances that no one seems to be aware of, those plans have changed.
It is now up to the people responsible for the planning and construction of the new building to finish their job and make sure the Memorial Garden is replaced so that it can be enjoyed by future generations and continue a tradition started by those of us who came before.
Tearing down Dart House would be short-sighted
As the chairman of the Historic Brunswick Foundation, I would like to write in response to the recent article regarding the future of the historic Dart House (the former Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce office).
The Dart House, located at 4 Glynn Ave., is a tangible link representing an era of rebirth our community experienced after the Civil War. This House was constructed by William Robert Dart, son of Urbanus Dart, one of Brunswick's founding fathers, circa 1877. The materials used were locally sourced and milled pine and cypress from the Dart saw mill at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island, making it a true local treasure.
In 1983, the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce bought the Dart House for a fair market value to serve as their headquarters. After an extensive rehabilitation, the Chamber was proud to proclaim in the dedication of their new headquarters that, "The Home has gained its historic prominence as a Glynn County landmark." Many citizens in the community were equally excited about this as evidenced by donated materials, furnishings, and money to bring it back to a landmark status. It is confusing to me that just 30 years ago, this organization was overwhelmingly excited to be located within such an important building, while today, this structure appears to be of no further use to them. The tenure of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce is less than 1/4 of the 137 year life of the house.
As a historic preservationist, I can say that the removal of this structure is extremely short-sighted and, if followed through with, will be regretted by our community as a whole. Cultural and historical fabric cannot be rebuilt. Once destroyed, we have lost it forever.
Taylor P. Davis
Volunteers administer 'adopt me' ads, not shelter
I am a volunteer at the Glynn County Animal Shelter and have a first-hand answer to the question Bill is asking at the end of his letter, as to who is correct regarding the issue of the little signs attached to some of the kennels saying "adopt me for $25".
Bill, you ask who is right? The answer is you are totally wrong.
First of all, this idea is solely the idea of two volunteers, not the shelter. These two ladies receive donations from private citizens through their Facebook page. The idea is for private individuals to subsidize $25 or half of the $50 to adopt a dog or cat. These charitable private donors choose which animal they want to sponsor based on walking through the shelter or by seeing the ad placed in The Brunswick News every Friday, which has pictures of four dogs and four cats.
Incidentally, this ad is administered solely by the volunteers, not the shelter staff. It's paid for by five companies listed in vertical format on the right side of the ad. If the donor has no chosen animal or states for the volunteers to choose the animal, the choice is based on which animal is there the longest amount of time. It is done this way because the shelter chooses which animal they will put down according to the length of time they are there. The person Bill sees walking through the kennels is noting which animals are there the longest. This has to be done by Wednesday each week because the execution day is every Thursday.
To all those animal lovers, I have great news. My family and I (all volunteers) went to the commission meeting and were delighted to learn that the commissioners are discussing the idea of a no-kill shelter for Brunswick. This is your opportunity to give the commissioners your feedback on this great idea.
Donors have pick of animals
To clarify the misinformation that was presented in Bill Knight's letter regarding the sponsorship of animals at GCAS, I would like to offer the following facts on behalf of the GCAS Advisory Board and No-Kill Glynn County. Sponsorship donations, which pay half ($25) of the adoption fee for GCAS animals, are received from supporters of NKGC. Donors decide which animals they would like to sponsor. If they do not designate a particular animal, then NKGC volunteers will apply the sponsorships to animals who have been there the longest and are at the greatest risk of being euthanized.
To date, NKGC has sponsored 71 animals: 51 have been adopted, nine transferred (sponsorship is then applied to another animal), one euthanized and 10 are currently sponsored. The sponsorship of animals has definitely helped to facilitate their adoptions, which opens up kennel space and buys time for those still there. If the money was available, every GCAS animal would be sponsored.
Until the ordinance is updated to allow for flexible adoption fees, this program serves as a very effective way to incentivize the adoption of GCAS animals. It also gives caring donors, who aren't in a position to adopt, a way to be a part of the solution. NKGC has made a significant impact in a very short period of time and should be commended for their life-saving efforts.
Marci De Sart
Glynn County responsible for enforcing buffer
Referring to Mr. Gruss' letter to the editor of Feb. 14, I certainly agree with Mr. Gruss' implied assertion of the high value of the marsh ecosystem in Glynn County. I have drawn the bulk of my living directly from it as a charter captain and former marina operator. And I agree with the paramount importance of state agencies, including the Coastal Resources Division of DNR doing their job under the law to protect the saltmarsh and the estuaries.
Perhaps we could even stand some clarifications in the law, improved laws and increased funding for agencies such as CRD to better do their job. And, while some, not I, have lost confidence in CRD's ability or willingness to do their job, it is important to understand specifically how marsh buffers are enforced (or not) given Mr. Gruss' specific indictment of Mr. Woodward (Director of CRD) for not enforcing the buffer law and regulations.
The Environmental Protection Division of GADNR is responsible for enforcement of marsh buffers. In Glynn County, EPD has delegated that authority to the local issuing authority, Glynn County itself. CRD is responsible for determining the boundary between the upland and the "marsh jurisdiction line", and Glynn County - supposedly overseen by EPD - is responsible for enforcing the buffer for an additional 25 feet upland of that boundary. If the buffer is not being enforced - and there are indeed numerous instances of such - we should not direct our displeasure at Mr. Woodward and CRD.
I thank Mr. Gruss and The Brunswick News for helping to elevate this issue.
Capt. Jay Childers
St. Simons Island
Building on Dart property will have flood risks
I am writing in support of efforts to save the building which houses the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce from destruction. My reasons are selfish. I know the building as "The Dart House." It was built by my ancestor, William Robert Dart, in the 19th century, and reminds me of the role my family played in the city's history.
While I have never lived in Brunswick or the surrounding area, I have visited it from infancy and I was always proud to know that my family had taken such an active part in the area's development, before and after the Civil War. It was a source of confidence for me, though I grew up in a different part of the country.
It's an attractive building set on a prominent piece of land, which happens to be in a flood plane. This location makes it extremely difficult for the family to obtain the lot through private sale. The flood insurance is prohibitive. But that cost is not, in my opinion, an accurate indicator of risk. Barrier islands protect the lot from serious calamity, and the house has withstood floods. It was perhaps built to do so.
If the house is torn down and replaced with a different building, that building will face the same risk of flood, however serious it may be. But my reasons are selfish. My dad took me to visit the Dart House and I would like to take my son there, too.
Alternatives to tearing down Dart house
The Chamber of Commerce's plan to tear down the Dart house would be a tragedy. This is a direct link to one of the founding families of Brunswick. The architectural and historical value of this house are irreplaceable.
It appears that the very people who should be protecting this valuable asset are the proponents of its demise. I'm sure that the business leaders who are members of the chamber can come up with other alternatives.
Why not work out a deal with the city or county to build downtown, which would surely help the city? There is the land where the health department was torn down, or the lots that were purchased and cleared by the county next to the jail and courthouse. What about the water and sewer property on Gloucester Street? I'm sure there are more alternatives that could be explored.
I obtained a list of chamber board members that I plan to call. As I looked over the list and saw friends of mine, I said to myself, "surely he or she cannot be for this."
I hope that this does not become another Oglethorpe Hotel when years later people scratch their heads and ask "how did it happen?"
J. Richard Lyons
St. Simons Island
Citizen wants more information on bike path
Having seen full page ads in The News critical of the Sea Island Causeway Bike Path, I tried to find more information on the project on the Glynn Country website. I did find a strategic planning committee report dated March 27, 2013, calling for a program including "Bicycle Trail and Pedestrian Sidewalk Development to Support Population Growth."
Apparently, the county sees the benefits to bike/pedestrian trails in the county. Also, I found two maps showing the new bike trail along Sea Island Road, showing only one small area where the project would touch on the marsh buffer. The critical ad did not factually demonstrate that the project would be harmful to the marsh.
As a cyclist, I favor the project but would be against it if not consistent with environmental protection. Can someone from the county explain how this project affects any marsh?
St. Simons Island