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Tybee Island warns beach goers of venomous snakes to keep them off dunes

Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 at 7:36 AM EDT
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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Tybee Island leaders are sending a new warning to beach goers in order to keep them off the sand dunes: look out for venomous snakes.

Mayor Jason Bueltermann said hefty fines have not been enough to deter people from walking on the sand dunes. The city implemented those fines because walking on the sand dunes can be unsafe and disrupt the system and wildlife there.

The mayor believes the warning is ultimately a matter of safety.

"Lifeguards are looking at public safety and not necessarily with what's going on behind them and in the dune system," he said. "We saw that with the two men and what happened last week. So they're priority isn't necessarily what's happening in the dunes or behind them."

A worker at the Tybee Island Marine Center confirmed that snakes can live in the island's dunes. However, the city manager said there have been no reported snake bites despite sightings.

The fine for being caught in the Tybee Island sand dunes could be as much as $1,000.

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