Sea Island development would be irresponsible
The proposed development of the low sliver of sand at the southern tip of Sea Island is a bad idea at best and totally irresponsible if carried out. Everyone involved knows better.

Hurricane Dora that hit Fernandina Beach in 1964 completely changed the beaches surrounding St. Simons Island. There is a reason for the necklace of boulders that stretches from the village to the King and Prince.

Even the least observant visitor will notice how much East Beach changes from year to year.

The Golden Isles have been particularly blessed to have been hurricane free for so many years. The next hurricane may not occur for decades or it may arrive this fall, but it will happen.

Hurricane force winds that blow roofs off houses and down trees and power lines attract the most attention, but it is the storm surge that does the most damage. At Sandy Hook, N.J., during Hurricane Sandy, the storm surge reached 13 feet before the gauge broke. The elevation of St. Simons Island is 10 feet.

The developers and commissioners should heed these words spoken by Jesus over 2000 years ago, but where money is involved, they probably won't: "And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." Luke 6:49.

Robert Meredith

St. Simons Island



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