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Governor Deal Approves Millions to Improve Tybee Beach

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Gov. Deal signed the GA State Budget while on a visit to Tybee Island Gov. Deal signed the GA State Budget while on a visit to Tybee Island

Governor Nathan Deal signed state budget documents on Monday near Tybee Beach which provide $5.8 million for beach re nourishment. That's a plan to bring tons of sand to parts of the beach now damaged by constant erosion.

"I look around and see all the tourists today and recognize the importance of this area to the state economy," says Gov. Deal.

Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman agreed saying Tybee provides some $70 million dollars in business revenue and more than $3 million in sales tax revenue every year. "So it pays to protect the beach," he says.

Buelterman says the beach re nourishment plan is also needed to try to guard against storm surge to protect properties along the beach. 

The Tybee Plan would see about $19 million dollars spent on the plan.  In addition to the state funds, the city of Tybee has set aside about $2 million dollars. It's hoping to get millions more from the federal government. If that money doesn't come through Buelterman says the city can hopefully get up to six million dollars from local SPLOST funds to move the project forward although he says they will be short of the full $19 million

Still, Buelterman says today's recognition from the state that Tybee's beaches are important not only to the community but the state as a whole is an important step.


Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has arrived on Tybee Island. The governor's helicopter landed at the lighthouse grounds just before 1:30 on Monday afternoon.

Gov. Deal is in town to sign the state budget, which a includes $5.8 million for a beach re-nourishment project. 

Stick with WSAV and for any updates on Gov. Deal's visit.

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