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					                               TYBEE ISLAND GEORGIA


I.   ABOUT TYBEE
     1. Sitting at the mouth of the Savannah River, Tybee is Georgia’s
        northernmost, but only 11th largest barrier island, boasting a wide 2.5 mile
        long beach, backed by sea oat covered sand dunes. Small, quaint &
        intimate, Tybee is only 0.75 miles wide.
     2. Accessible by taking US Route 80 from Savannah and crossing the
        Lazaretto Creek Bridge from the mainland, Tybee is 18 miles east of
        Savannah. Historic US Route 80 either begins or ends on Tybee. The
        other end of Route 80 takes you to San Diego California. Right over the
        Lazaratto Creek Bridge, on Tybee, Route 80 turns into Butler Avenue,
        Tybee’s main thorofare.
     3. Streets running west to east from the Bridge are numbered starting with 1st
        Street, at Tybee’s north end, and ending with 19th Street at the
        Southeastern tip of Tybee. These streets are crossed by named or
        numbered Avenues, starting with Butler Avenue(closest to the front
        beach), and ending with 6th Avenue and Chatham Avenue, closest to
        Lazaretto Creek, affectionately referred to as the Back River.
     4. Tybee was originally occupied by the Euchee Tribe of Native American
        Indians. In the Euchee language Tybee means salt, a plentiful resource in
        the area.
     5. Spanish explorer Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon discovered Tybee in 1520 &
        Tybee was then made part of Spanish Florida.
     6. In 1733 General James Ogelthorpe established what would later become
        the great state of Georgia, as a military buffer zone(with Savannah as its
        capital), between the then colony of South Carolina and Spanish Florida.
        Recognizing the strategic importance of placing an outpost on Tybee to
        guard the mouth of the Savannah River, which led ships to the busy Port
        of Savannah, Ogelthorpe in 1736 built a small fort & lighthouse on Tybee.
     7. During the Revolutionary War, when British forces took control of
        Savannah, French & American forces used Tybee as staging grounds for
        what would be the second bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War, the
        1779 siege of Savannah. Only the 1775 Battle of Bunker
        Hill(Massachusetts) resulted in higher casualties.
     8. Fortunately, Tybee’s geographic makeup is such that it has not had a
        major hit from a hurricane in over 100 years. The most damaging
        hurricane to hit Tybee, occurred Aug 27, 1881. Historically, in season as
        hurricanes form, they hit other areas with different coastal geography(like
        the Outer Banks), & have not hit Tybee.
     9. Tybee Island Average Temperatures: Jan(38high/37low), Feb(61/39),
        March(67/46). April(74/53), May(80/62), June(85/69), July(88/73),
        Aug(87/72), Sept(83/68), Oct(76/57), Nov(68/47), Dec(60/40).
      10. Tybee Island’s natural beach sand(and all Atlantic Ocean beaches)is not as
          white and fine as the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. Beach sand on the
          Atlantic Ocean & Gulf of Mexico beaches consist of three components:
          fine minerals, crushed seashells(calcium carbonate), and fragments from
          dead organisms like marine plants & animals. Some beaches, like in the
          Bahamas have a greater calcium carbonate concentration and are whiter.
          At Tybee (and all Atlantic Coast beaches), there is a larger concentration
          of fine minerals in the sand. a lot of which washes down to the beach from
          the mountains. Walking Tybee’s beach, when you hear the sand squeak
          under your feet, that is the angular, translucent crystal of quartz rubbing
          together. And the black streaks in the Tybee sand is pulverized granite,
          washed down from the Appalachian Mountains via the Savannah River
          drainage.
      11. In July 2009 Health Magazine named Tybee , America’s healthiest
          beach/lake getaway. The magazine looked at some fifty beach/lake
          destinations, rating the locations on quality and cleanliness of air, water
          and sand; range of fitness opportunities( note walking/biking are the
          preferred methods of travel on Tybee); healthfulness of local restaurants;
          presence of lifeguards; proximity of a major trauma center; crime rate; and
          affordability of accommodations. Other locations on the magazines list
          included Monterey California, Zephyr Cove Nevada, Bonita Springs
          Florida, Weilea Hawaii and Provincetown Massachusetts.

II.   Our House: 1207 6th Ave, Tybee Island Georgia 31328

      1. Built 1949 and updated, the cottage is 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The
         screened in porch is large, and the cottage has a private backyard with
         grill, outside shower and storage shed for the bikes, fishing poles and other
         vacation essentials. There is a wood burning fireplace, air conditioning &
         heating for the colder months. There is a washer & dryer, and the kitchen
         has a dishwasher.
      2. The house, on Tybee’s south end, is a block & a half from the Back River,
         popular for fishing, crabbing & kayaking, & a short four block walk to the
         front beach.
      3. RATES:


                          PEAK*          MID SEASON**         OFF SEASON***
      WEEK                $1,480           $1,250                $850
      NIGHT               $270              $210                 $150

      * Peak season is March, April, June, July, August.
      ** Mid season is May, September, October.
      *** Off season is November, December, January, February.
-   New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Easter,
    Memorial Day and Labor Day weeks, or minimum three night stay, rent at
    Peak season rates for the week/night.
-   Rates do not include 6% Georgia Occupancy tax, 7% Georgia Sales tax,
    professional cleaning fee of $100, and a $250 refundable damage deposit.
-   Sorry, no smoking inside the cottage, maximum occupancy is eight. Pets
    allowed, but be mindful they are never permitted on Tybee’s beaches.
    This is deemed a health issue by the town, and the ordinance is enforced-
    police write tickets for violations. Tybee Island has constructed 2 Pet
    Parks on the island.
-   Sorry, but our “No-Group” Policy means we do not rent to fraternities,
    college or high school groups on spring break or celebrating graduation, or
    groups celebrating prom’s.

				
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