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The Death Of Tybee Island;
By J. Allen Wilson
Last edited: Sunday, September 17, 2006
Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006

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We once called into the night and were answered in turn by the tide of dreams…Goodbye My Sweet Dream...

The Death Of Tybee Island;


This is a tale of the death of a dream that once was a fixation of my heart and soul. For 15 years, both my wife and I found Tybee Island to be a refuge from the storms which occur in the everyday jungle of life. For three and sometimes four weeks out of the year we have sought out this safe haven and allowed it’s soft, intoxicating atmosphere to wash away the burdens that so consume the mind in the everyday process of just making ends meet. However, in recent years there has been a silent transformation taking place, and this once sleepy seaside town just twenty odd miles from the majestic city of Savannah has been overrun with gluttony.


Every inch of marsh, every conceivable square of soothing sand now has the hammering, pounding and pouring of foundations for tawdry, overpriced condominiums. Lost are the quaint seaside shops and one story cinder block and clap board homes. Mom and pop motels and shops are soon to become silent ghost on a sea of glitz and glitter. Many are the casualties in this insatiable hunger. The environmental concerns are too numerous to name, and then there is the social impact that has taken moderately priced homes and assigned to them outlandish values thus impacting the owners with unbelievable taxation.


With the course of this movement, the very people that came to this bit of paradise to seek refuge from their personal storms are now finding themselves driven from the island because of the disgraceful pricing practices of the mega corporations which come in with huge sums of cash and then demand more and more on their return. Therefore for the first time in 15 years, Leah and I will not be able to afford Tybee. The rates being charged for October now resemble the rates that were once not too long ago charged for the Fourth of July week. Thus, our journey this fall will take us to Jekyll Island, where we will have all the luxuries of home in this one bedroom suite facing the Atlantic Ocean with its own private balcony and all for a little over half of the per night rate of an ocean view room without the afore mentioned amenities.


I will close this with the pleasant thoughts of a once marvelous place that captured the heart if this couple, a place, though removed from our physical presence, yet never removed from our heart and soul. For it was on this marsh that my dreams were prepared, and on this marsh that my soul was fulfilled. Good luck Tybee with your new found dreams, good luck…but just once remember that all that glitters is not pure gold, especially when for it, you trade your soul…We're going to miss you, but I fear you will not us…


J. Allen Wilson © Nine 2006



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Reviewed by m j hollingshead
well done
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
You should really try to send this to a local newspaper there on the island, if not, in Savannah...& don't think you are alone nor is Tybee alone in its growth...Rene & I were both born and raised in Sea Isle City, a sleepy little town 30 miles south of the glitter of Atlantic City...400 year round inhabitants in the winter months when we were just kids, has jumped to 10,000 in the winter and up to close to 100,000 plus in summer's going for 10 GRAND a WEEK and more for beach front property & the locals are just all moving out...the local public school has but 8 students per teacher this school year...Sorry let me get off my high horse and stop ranting, but this is a very sore subject with me, as it is hurtful for you as well...enjoy Jekyll, as someday, Tybee may come back as you and I know full well what hurricanes "CAN" do if given a chance...maybe those mega corporations have not thought about that, either way, their lesson will be learned eventually...sorry for ranting...Ed
Reviewed by Dove JoAnne Cromp (Reader)
Oh my God, how gloriously beautiful..Yes it's definetly a refuge..Good for you!!!


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