Citizens Beware: County sets recklessly low standard for coastal development

Center for a Sustainable CoastEditorial from David Kyler of the Center for a Sustainable Coast.

On January 21, Glynn County’s Islands Planning Commission (IPC) approved the first plan review of a highly controversial project for developing eight exclusive residential lots on a rapidly eroding sand-spit on the south end of Sea Island along Gould’s Inlet. The approval came despite extensive testimony against it from experts and public interest groups, including the Center for a Sustainable Coast.

The proposed sand-spit project should be opposed because:

The planning commission chairman summarized by saying that the public should be assured because Sea Island Acquisition was essentially saying “let the buyer beware” when buying the approved lots -- where no federally subsidized insurance would be available and erosion rates are severe.

He and other planning commissioners refused to address substantial harm to the public caused by this kind of project, including hazards to public safety, valuable fish and wildlife, and neighboring waterways and marshes – all essential to surrounding quality of life.

Those attending the meeting wondered if the county should start posting signs for newcomers, saying “Welcome to Glynn County, Georgia – where home buyers should beware!”

Not only should buyers beware, but so should citizens and taxpayers.

David Kyler
Center for a Sustainable Coast
221 Mallory Street, Suite B
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 - See more at: