TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - A new and improved attraction is coming to Tybee Island.
The city is celebrated the long-awaited groundbreaking for the new Tybee Island Marine Science Center on Wednesday.
Those with the center say class sizes are growing and they need more room. The old building is also in need of repairs, which is why the staff is moving out.
Board members with Tybee's Marine Science Foundation say they've been wishing for a new marine science center facility for more than 15 years.
The new facility will be located on Tybee's north end next to the North Beach Bar and Grill.
Those with the educational center say one of their biggest goals is to teach children about the coast and how to protect it. The center has a program called “Sidewalk to the Sea” where they bring elementary aged students from low income areas to the facility to learn about their beach. So far, it has been a big success.
The board president says they’ve been able to reach more than 40,000 kids through this program.
“Kids who normally don’t get to visit the beach get a chance to learn about their island and their beach,” said Cathy Sakas, Tybee Island Marine Science Center.
A bigger and newer facility means the center will be able to educate even more children through this program.
The new center is set to open in March of 2020.