Major St. Simons Island road projects, trees in Neptune Park, shoreline protection and short-term rental regulations are the topics on the table for a town hall meeting Thursday.
Glynn County Commissioner Peter Murphy said the town hall is a continuation of quarterly meetings he’s planned since he took office last year.
This will be the third such meeting.
Following a presentation from Murphy and other county officials, attendees will be given two minutes each to ask questions.
In his presentation, Murphy said he plans to tackle several topics.
“We are embarking upon execution of many projects that fall under (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) 2016. They would include milling and repaving of Demere Road, Frederica Road and East Beach Causeway, changes to the intersection at Frederica and Kings Way, and embarkation on that five-month drainage project in the (Pier) Village,” Murphy said.
Each of the projects will be done in the coming months and hopefully complete by March, Murphy has previously said.
“This is going to be exceedingly disruptive to St. Simons, but it needs to be done and we won’t be able to put it off any longer,” he added.
After that, Murphy said he wants to bring up the issue of large tree limbs falling in Neptune Park.
“Over the last several weeks, two or three large limbs have fallen. The last one on Wednesday ended up breaking a concrete picnic table and bench, so we’re going to have to do something that will permit us to deal with that,” Murphy said. “Additionally, there are others that (former University of Georgia extension agent Don) Gardner pointed out that overhang Kings Way that are at the end of their life that need to be taken down.”
A $2.5 million shoreline protection grant from the state Department of Community Affairs is also a matter he plans to discuss.
“Nothing has been written in stone on that. It’s going to start with an analysis of what we have, especially the rock revetments and dunes, which are our first line of defense against storm surges and hurricanes,” Murphy said.
Murphy also plans to give the public an update on efforts to regulate short-term rentals.
He and other county officials have held discussions recently with San Francisco-based consultant Host Compliance on how to most effectively deal with short-term rentals countywide.
The town hall is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in Sea Palms Resort’s ballroom, 515 N Windward Drive on St. Simons Island.