published Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Tybee Island residents raise concerns about wind turbine

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — Some townspeople on Tybee Island near Savannah are expressing concerns about plans for a wind turbine, but others say the structure represents a unique opportunity for the beach town and should be welcomed.

The Savannah Morning News reports that about 100 people packed Tybee Island's City Hall Monday night to hear about plans for the 50-kilowatt wind turbine.

Councilman Paul Wolff said the wind turbine is a way to invest in the community's future with minimal expense because it is being offered as a gift.

The Morning News reports that Wolff privately negotiated with an international corporation for the wind turbine that's valued at $272,000. It would cost an estimated $134,000 in shipping and installation expenses.

Some residents expressed concerns about the upfront costs and worry that it could harm birds.

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