Thank you to the residents of Sea Palms West who have prevented more development on St. Simons Island. After attending numerous meetings, probably long and repetitive, these people were not afraid to say no. And, most likely, Sea Palms West residents will not make any money or get any favors for this decision.

How fortunate we are to have residents willing to spend their own money to control development while our Board of Commissioners continue to approve development on the island, ignoring the voices of the residents. Are you listening commissioners? No means no.

At a recent town hall meeting, the concerns seemed to be regulation of golf carts on local roads, loss of taxes for short-term rentals and trimming trees. Maybe the BOC could propose some regulations to protect abutting property owners from short-term rentals instead of crying over lost taxes. The Islands Planning Commission attempted to understand quality of life for the island. The BOC doesn’t have a clue or just does not care.

The Board of Commissioners needs to listen to the residents of St. Simons Island. The commissioners need to remember that they are elected by the residents to work for all the residents.

K. Scheuerle

St. Simons Island

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