An interesting letter from Tony Thaw, the erstwhile Glynn County Commissioner and builder of those ill-fated office condos on Follins Lane, who now claims residence in McIntosh County.
Coleman wrong about work of past commission
As usual, Bob Coleman does not know what he is talking about. He would, if he had taken the time to do some research. He referred to recently that we are going back to the old days when Don Hogan, Jerome Clarke, Howard Lynn and myself were on the Glynn County Commission. What he fails to mention is that I was the one who formed the Islands Planning Commission, each voted yes, to give the islanders a vote. The only difference between then and now is that we were smart enough to be able to put fair-minded people who could look at each project with an open mind and see if they met with proper codes and ordinances. We never threw staff under the bus, if we had a question or concern, we would work it out prior to the meeting. We rarely, if ever, went against the planning commission.
In the days of that great commission, we got things done, like remodeling the Casino, building the Fun Zone, redesigning the pier and Neptune Park area, moving traffic out of the Bloody Marsh and opening the road through the airport. We also created and built two roundabouts, revamped all county parks — including the bathhouse at Coastguard Station — created Gascoigne Bluff Park and fishing pier and way too many more things to mention.
What has Bob Coleman done since he has been commissioner — zero. He is just a mouth piece for Jeff Kilgore.
I’ve already addressed the inadequacy of Tony Thaw’s perceptions once on FaceBook:
There are, apparently, a few things former Glynn County Commissioner Thaw does not know:
1) that there are people on St.Simons Island who still resent that the old Casino with its indoor pool was demolished;
2) that the Fun Zone with pool and miniature golf represents a level of Disneyfication not consistent with the Island character;
3) that working “it out prior to meeting” is a violation of public meetings law;
4) that Glynn County ordinances and codes are grossly flawed and likely account for why buildings constructed at the Public Safety Complex and Follins Lane have cracked foundations soon after they were built;
5) that restroom facilities at Coast Guard beach are inadequate and county staff now wants them rebuilt;
6) that the pier at Gascoigne Bluff would be superfluous, if the docks leased to the fishing club were accessible to the public as public property should be;
7) that many people absolutely hate the roundabouts and do not consider the speedway through the airport an improvement;
8) that Island time means “slow and leisurely.”
But that was before it occurred to me that Mr. Thaw’s bragging about the accomplishments of himself and Mr. Don Hogan, who is looking to be sent back to the State Assembly, was actually a subtle campaign promotion for what we might call the Arnold Road Gang. That would be Fendig, who’s been most ungracious about letting candidates with whom he “does not agree” purchase advertising space on his ugly billboard at the head of the Torras Causeway, Tony Thaw, the lord of Follins Lane and the more recently arrived erstwhile heir of slumlord Sharon OQuinn and now turned wholesale food trader as Double D Food Brokerage Co.,Corinthian Trading Inc., Corinthian Holdings, and David O’Quinn Enterprises, all headquartered on Follins Lane.
Mr. Thaw’s enthusiasm for roundabouts led me to consider that perhaps the ill-conceived roundabouts at either end of the East Beach Causeway were part of a pipe dream to somehow exploit the section of Bloody Marsh between Arnold and the Causeway, some of which DeLoach recently acquired from the Bruce Family. What this sudden interest in acquiring State-owned marsh is all about is a puzzlement. SIA PROPCO I, LLC is doing it too. Presumably, they do not have an eleemosynary intent.
The reason I refer to the Follins Lane commercial condos as ill-conceived is because, having apparently been built on dredged marsh, the building foundations have cracked, threatening collapse to the point where the owners came in to the tax appraisers to petition for a reduction in their value because the necessary repairs cost so very much. Perhaps, if the Islands Planning Commission had paid more attention to basics and not rubber-stamped whatever developers like Thaw brought in, that and other mistakes could have been avoided.