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Board mulls requests
The local economy is still struggling, but there are indications the business outlook is improving in Glynn County. The Mainland Planning Commission will consider requests at today's meeting for two new businesses.

Glynn Property Rentals LLC is asking for a special use permit to open a flea market on a 3.75-acre tract in the Southport Planned Development, on the west side of Martin Palmer Drive, about 700 feet south of Candler Drive.

According to the special use conditions, all sales must be conducted indoors. The hours of operation are limited to weekends only, and all temporary and permanent signs must have permits.

A second request from Brunswick Altama LLC is asking for the approval of a site plan for a 4,200-square-foot retail building at 125 Altama Connector.

The request is to construct a retail unit for a business called Mattress Firm. The business has met all criteria, including parking and traffic flow, according to the county's Community Development Department.

Planning staff is recommending both proposals for approval.

Woody Woodside, president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, said new business starts may be on the upswing.

"It's come back some," he said. "To broaden the tax base, you want to stimulate more businesses in the community."

Woodside said it's relatively easy for businesses to get the permits and licenses necessary to open in Brunswick and unincorporated areas of Glynn County.

The county's diversity, which includes the Port of Brunswick, the service and hospitality, and manufacturing, also help stimulate new businesses, he said.

The planning commission will meet at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse Meeting Room, 701 G St. in Brunswick.



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