In an effort to improve beach safety, the City of Tybee Island will be making significant investments in personnel, equipment and technology.
Along with the hiring of additional lifeguards and full time Fire Department personnel, Tybee Island will be investing in new equipment for the beach, including beach vehicles, jet skis and safety equipment for Ocean Rescue.
“We must do all we can to prevent drownings on the Island. To that end, we will also be investing in the tools we need to get that accomplished,” said City Manager Shawn Gillen.
“One piece of technology that we would like to get is called an EMILY, an acronym for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard. This is a remote control rescue device that works much like a jet ski but is small enough and light enough for one life guard to deploy,” Gillen added.
The cost of all of these new safety improvements adds up quickly. To allow for the cost of keeping everyone safe, the City will be implementing a seasonal parking rate. Beginning the weekend of Memorial day and running through Labor Day, the price for parking will go from $2 per hour to $3 per hour.