Tybee City Council discuss community pool, new movie and Hwy 80 plans

Tybee City Council discuss community pool, new movie and Hwy 80 plans

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - In less than two weeks, Tybee Island voters will decide on a referendum to build a community pool.

It's been an ongoing debate, and it continued at Thursday night's Tybee City Council meeting.

Folks on both sides of the issue are passionate about it, and they say it truly affects the culture, life and future of the island.

"There's a difference between wanting it and needing it," said Jack Boylston, Tybee Island resident.

Boylston spoke out against the referendum, saying the pool is unnecessary and that the money could be better spent.

"And finally, even if the pool is built, those of us who oppose it believe that it will not be financially self-supporting over the long-haul," said Boylston.

But those who support a community pool say it would be a safer swimming option than ocean waters, and would be a great resource for children.

"Kids are going to have activities that would be structured and really healthy for them. And I think Tybee would be doing itself a disservice by not having the pool at this time," said Jack Baizley, board member, Tybee YMCA.

This isn't the first time this issue has come around. In 2004, voters nixed a pool proposal that was tied to a millage increase, but supporters plan to raise the more than $700,000 without raising taxes this time around.

Now, some of you may be wondering how a community can get so fired up about a swimming pool.

"Well, our community gets fired up about a lot of things, which is good. We have a very, very high voter turnout. We have a lot of people show up at our council meetings to give us our opinions, which is why I think Tybee's government works pretty well," said Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman.

But, of course, the pool wasn't the only thing discussed at Thursday's meeting.

Mayor Buelterman is continuing to push for change to make Highway 80 safer.

"I think, you know, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. The more people that are contacting officials at the state level, at the federal level, and the county level, letting them know how badly this is needed, the better," said Mayor Buelterman.

As far as making progress with Highway 80, the mayor says they're further now than they've been in a long time, but it's far from over.

Remember, it's a state road, in county jurisdiction, and on federal land. Though there's a lot of bureaucratic obstacles ahead, he's remaining hopeful.

Tybee Island City Council also approved a request Thursday night for a movie filming on the island.

The movie, "Live by Night" will be directed by Ben Affleck. It will star Affleck, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana.

The film is a Warner Brothers film, and it set to be released in 2017.

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