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County mulls crosswalk changes
The Glynn County Finance Committee will consider a rapid flashing beacon system in high-traffic areas on St. Simons Island and fees for annual swimming pool passes when it convenes today for its monthly meeting.

Committee members will also consider the demolition of structures at Selden Park and renovations to the beach access at Cedar Street.

The rapid flashing beacon system would replace in-roadway pedestrian crosswalk lights at the intersections of Demere Road at the Frederica Road roundabout and on Demere Road north of East Beach Causeway.

County officials are considering the improvements because the in-roadway lights are difficult and costly to maintain. Repairs to a rapid flashing beacon system would be easier, county officials say.

The cost of the project, if approved, is about $71,000, according to county estimates.

Residents could enjoy savings and unlimited access to three county-operated swimming pools if committee members approve the sale of the new Unlimited Pool Pass. The pass, if approved, will cost $200 for a family (up to 5 members), $150 per couple and $100 for one person. A replacement card will cost $5.

The pass will give unlimited access to swimming pools at Neptune Park Fun Zone, Selden Park and Howard Coffin Park.

The demolition of an old concession stand, a bathroom and a 50- by 100-foot concrete slab at Selden Park will also be a topic for discussion. The work, if approved, will cost about $2,000.

The wooden Cedar Street beach access that has been closed on St. Simons Island since tropical storms damaged it about a year ago may soon be getting some attention. County officials have met with state Department of Natural Resources officials about removing wooden steps that were damaged after they were submerged for long periods of time, resulting in the growth of algae and barnacles.

The estimate to build a new access point using county labor ranges from $8,000 to $10,000.

The beach access point is popular because of the availability of paved, public parking.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about government and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 323.

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The Glynn County Finance Committee will meet at 3 p.m. today in the third floor conference room at the Howard Pate Building, 1725 Reynolds St., Brunswick.



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