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Last Saturday a group of St. Simons Island residents, along with the Glynn Environmental Coalition, gathered at the intersection of Frederica Rd. and Sea Island Rd. to let it be known they do not want Glynn County to use Twitty Park for anything other than a park. Islander Staff Photo - Permar
Group demonstrates to save Twitty Park
By Pamela Permar Shierling

A group of citizens concerned about keeping Twitty Park on St. Simons Island as a county park, demonstrated at the park on Saturday.
In January Glynn Environmental Coalition, Inc., (GEC) along with concerned citizens, filed a law suit which asked the court to declare Twitty Park a public park that must be maintained by Glynn County into perpetuity.
Twitty Park, a 92-year-old park, is located on the northeast and southeast quadrants of the Sea Island Road / Frederica Road intersection.
The park was originally donated by T.L. Cain in 1924 as a public park for Glynn County residents and visitors.
Background
According to the GEC lawsuit Glynn County maintained Twitty Park as a public park from January 16, 1924 to April 26, 1982 when it was deeded to the then Sea Island Company (SIC).
Prior to deeding it to the SIC the county bisected the park to build the Sea Island Causeway connecting Sea Island and St. Simons Island.
The deed to SIC specifically required the property to be held as a park for public use. SIC accepted the property with the understanding that it would hold and maintain the property ‘for the purpose of a park for the use and benefit of the public’ and for no other purpose.
SIC also accepted the Twitty Park property with an obligation to hold Twitty Park at its own cost and expense and maintain it as a public park.
The lawsuit also claims that Glynn County granted SIC two private access easements across the northern portion of Twitty Park.
The suit claims Glynn County did not have the authority to do that.



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Hotel proposed for Ocean Blvd. on SSI
By Matthew J. Permar
Over the last decade or so at least two hotels have been proposed for the 1200 block of Ocean Blvd. on St. Simons Island, none of which have come to fruition.
Until now the most recent was about a year ago. A site plan was approved for a hotel at 1226 Ocean Blvd. on the site of the old Chelsea restaurant next door to the The Still package store, across the street from Crab Daddies restaurant.
A site plan application for a new hotel in the area was recently submitted to the Glynn County Community Development Department and will come before the Island Planning Commission on Tuesday, April 19.

                            
Public defender says DA’s office holding up filings
By Pamela Permar-Shierling

Last week Brunswick Circuit Public Defender Kevin Gough told the media the District Attorney’s office has filed only 71 cases in Glynn County during the first quarter of this year.
This compares, he said, to 261 filed during the first quarter of 2015 and 158 filed during the first quarter of 2014. Gough said withholding and then filing large numbers of cases at one time hobbles the public defender’s ability to defend their clients.
Gough, whose term is up in July, does not think he will be reappointed for a second four year term. He also believes District Attorney Jackie Johnson is purposely holding up the cases until a replacement public defender is appointed.


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