May 12, 2010 by  
Filed under A Better Hometown

By Chantel Morton, Better Hometown Coordinator

May is National Preservation Month! The theme this year is “Old is the New Green!”  Tybee has seen much change over the years and we all know preservation is good for the community and the bottom line.  Preservation also plays an extremely important role in long term development planning for sustaining the environment and economy.  All of the Island’s historic homes – whether officially on the National Register or not – should be appreciated for their original beauty and impact on keeping Tybee’s heritage alive.

Historic home / building owners are the front lines of protecting the places that matter.  So, when you see one of these individuals, share with them your appreciation for what they do to preserve their property and for reinvesting in our community.

The second Better Hometown Initiative Community “Visioning Workshop” was held in April.  Everyone that came was presented with what your Board of Directors and Committees have accomplished while focusing on the 4-points for Tybee’s businesses, residents and guests over the past year.  Economic Development within the context of Historic Preservation is an ongoing process which benefits your community.  By continuing to work together and pulling our resources, we can be even more effective.  Feedback we received from attendees and survey responders is helping us with the work plans for continued positive improvements throughout the corridor for the better of the Island.

Most recently, you have been introduced to “Keep Tybee Tidy!”  Fliers with this message are posted in store and restaurant windows to let people know litter is not acceptable.  Respect for our Island is important and getting the message out there will help keep litter off the streets and beach with your help.

April’s Third Thursdays on Tybee was another success with Lacey Caldwell performing at the Tybrisa / Strand Roundabout on April 15th.  Lacey’s award winning vocals entertained and amazed all that came down front to hear her.  The series, brought to you by Tybee’s Better Hometown Initiative these past three months, was made possible by the City of Tybee, Georgia Council for the Arts, the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs/Leisure Services Bureau and generous contributors.  Below, listeners gather at the roundabout on April 15th.

Third Thursdays” RETURN! May 20th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout Featuring MEGAN PANTHER & DARRYL VAN HORNE Come out and enjoy! (A TBHT Presentation)

Because you have been sharing in the “Listener’s Delights” and wanting more, THIRD THURSDAYS ON TYBEE will continue!  That’s right, look for another listener’s delight at the Roundabout May 20th starting at 5:30pm featuring Megan Panther and Darryl Van Horne – a dynamic singer and producer/songwriter duo from the Savannah area.  If you would like to become a sponsor or contribute to see Third Thursdays on Tybee continue, please contact me for information.

Remember, while you are out enjoying this island paradise, “Buy Local Tybee.” Tybee has over 35 cool spots to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger; more than 30 shops to find everything you must have from beach towels to whimsical art to sandwich fixings and personal services from hair care to transportation and automotive care!  While you are enjoying the Island life, remember to take advantage of the variety of natural and cultural experiences from the waterways to high in the sky. It’s all right here on Tybee!

Keep enjoying the whimsy of Tybee, and we’ll see you at the Roundabout!

Chantel Morton
912.844.9771, EXT 123

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