County commission to discuss GA-FL weekend, golf cart traffic on St. Simons Island

Oct. 17 – Glynn County commissioners will meet on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the upcoming Georgia-Florida football game with Glynn County Director of Emergency Management Andrew Leanza.

Georgia-Florida football weekend is a major event for the Golden Isles, with visitors descending on area hotels and vacation rentals to party ahead of the annual rivalry game between the University Bulldogs of Georgia and the University of Florida Gators, and for being close to the Jacksonville venue. The game is scheduled for October 29.

Traditionally, East Beach on St. Simons Island has been the focal point of “Frat Beach”, which attracts hundreds to thousands of students and others. Glynn County and other law enforcement agencies typically patrol the streets of St. Simons Island to break up any indiscipline before it affects residents. The County and Southeast Georgia Health System also provides a first aid tent to deal with the aftermath of heavy drinking in the scorching sun.

Last year’s event came and went with little incident. Glynn County Fire Department reported multiple calls “from concerned citizens of intoxicated people walking or being at the wrong home.”

Keep Golden Isles Beautiful also hosts its 15th annual GA/FL community beach sweep the morning before the big game, hitting the beaches to clear the trash left behind by the annual influx of college football fans to the Golden Isles.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 7:30 a.m. on October 29 at the Coast Guard Beach Boardwalk in the beach parking lot. The KGIB will provide trash bags and gloves, and volunteers will spread out to dispose of litter at the 41 public access points to the beach on St. Simons Island. It shouldn’t take more than an hour, said KGIB executive director Lea King-Badyna.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Harold Pate Building, 1725 Reynolds Street in Brunswick. It will also be broadcast live on youtube.com/glynnboc and facebook.com/ glynncountyboc.

In other cases, commissioners will discuss:

— Discuss the road accessibility of golf carts. Commissioner Cap Fendig said he plans to offer St. Andrews Drive in the Island Club and East Beach Causeway neighborhood from the county’s golf cart ordinance because the banning of slower golf carts on roads with speed limits over 25 mph keep hundreds of residents on St. Simons Island from accessing East Beach and the Pier Village by golf cart.

—Listen to an update on a homelessness summit scheduled for October 20 at Blythe Island Baptist Church, 170 Cut-Off Road.

—Receive an update on SPLOST 2016 projects.