Whether or not you agree that a municipality is a good idea,
we should be able to vote on it.
An Overview of Island Growth Issues
(For more "issues" information, hover the cursor over "Island Growth Issues" above and click the drop down title.)
Saint Simons Island has been discovered. Our island is one of the last remaining island paradises which are real and original in character, as opposed to a Disney-esque reproduction. Without careful planning this character will be lost as the population of the island continues to grow.
There are many issues affecting the growth of the island. The most immediate issue is that our current locally elected Georgia House and Senate Representatives are very much against allowing those on the island to vote on controlling the development of the island's growth through becoming a municipality. In fact, they seem to believe that the county is doing such a good job of it that the county should consolidate control over the entire county including the city of Brunswick.
It is our belief that the character of the island will be better served, and more consistently maintained, by those who live on the island than by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners. These commissioners seem to vacillate in their views of the island from being a county cash cow to the low hanging fruit for county employment. This lack of planning will destroy the character of our home and kill the tourist industry on the island if we do not take charge of the future planning and zoning of the place where we live.
To control the management of character of the growth of island, we will need to become an island municipality. All other avenues have been blocked to us. As such we would control only planning and zoning, roads, and solid waste management.
Our current Georgia State Representatives do not want us to even vote on becoming a municipality. They will need to change their minds on this issue if we are ever to be given the opportunity to vote on becoming a municipality. Getting our state representatives to let us vote is the purpose of this web site.
The other pages on this site illustrate many of the issues brought on by our past Glynn County Boards of Commissioners which have shaped, and will continue to shape the character and growth of Saint Simons Island. We hope to change this trend.
For island residents to control island development, our Ga. State Senate and House Representatives will need to present and pass a bill at the state level, subject to our later vote, creating an island municipality.
Not until they do this can we vote on whether or not we are willing to take on this responsibility.
LET US VOTE ON IT!