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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of “guilty” is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tybee Island, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O’Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Tybee Island are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O’Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven’t seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O’Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That’s why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation – when you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O’Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O’Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Tybee Island, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Tybee Island criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O’Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Tybee Island’s top choice in criminal defense:
  • Vigorous Representation
  • Fierce Dedication to Clients
  • Unmatched Experience
  • Face-to-Face Counsel
  • Prompt Response to Inquiries and Questions
  • Commitment to Defending Your Rights
  • Thorough, Effective Research and Investigation
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Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients
Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Tybee Island and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Tybee Island, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Tybee Island, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it’s hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Tybee Island often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there’s reason to be hopeful: O’Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember – being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O’Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Tybee Island drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Tybee Island, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Tybee Island:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O’Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases

Violent Crime Cases in Tybee Island, GA

Violent crime offenses in Tybee Island typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual’s will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Tybee Island, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O’Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O’Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Tybee Island, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O’Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Tybee Island, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons – when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they’re putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused’s life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

DUI Cases

The city of Tybee Island, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Tybee Island could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Tybee Island and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O’Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror’s mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Tybee Island, GA, Dennis O’Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state’s mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Tybee Island, GA, don’t leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.

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Tybee surf instructor details shark attack, returns to the beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — Atsushi Yamada, or Hot Sushi as he’s commonly referred to, has long been a recognizable figure on the beaches of Tybee Island.Teaching daily surf lessons on 18th Street Beach for nearly 20 years at Hot Sushi’s Happy Surf Camp Aloha, Yamada spends the majority of his time in the water. On Tuesday, he was instructing a class when he noticed ...

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — Atsushi Yamada, or Hot Sushi as he’s commonly referred to, has long been a recognizable figure on the beaches of Tybee Island.

Teaching daily surf lessons on 18th Street Beach for nearly 20 years at Hot Sushi’s Happy Surf Camp Aloha, Yamada spends the majority of his time in the water. On Tuesday, he was instructing a class when he noticed one his surfers had gotten a little too far out from shore.

“Finally she listened to me, and she agreed to go back to the shore, so she caught a wave,” Yamada said. “Fortunately, she was right by me. I was looking back to make sure she was close enough to everybody, and three seconds later I got attacked.”

In what is only the 16th recorded shark attack in Georgia’s history, a shark bit the back of Yamada’s leg. Causing a pain sensation that he describes as, unlike anything he had ever experienced.

“To be honest it felt like I got hit by baseball bat real hard, real strong impact. Very weird feeling,” Yamada said. “All I can say is just, I’m so thankful it was me and wasn’t the people around me at that time, nothing else.”

Even the Tybee Island Fire Department was stunned to hear about the incident, given how uncommon shark attacks are. According to the International Wildlife Museum, the odds of being bit by a shark are just under 1 in 4 million.

“When the call first came in, it came in over the radio and my first thought was ‘there’s no way’, shark attacks especially here are so uncommon, extremely rare,” said Matt Bowen, Tybee Island Firefighter & Life Guard.

Bowen warns that if you see a disturbance in the water, alert those around you and find the closest lifeguard so they can further monitor the situation.

“Definitely recommend exiting the water if you’re unsure of what it could be [in the water], and letting the folks around you know as well,” Bowen said. “That you believe there possibly could be a shark in the water, and also let us lifeguards know so we can monitor the situation and intervene if we need to.”

With the help of his friend’s chest-high waders, Hot Sushi was able to get back in the water on Thursday albeit only up to his ankles.

His wound is still healing, but Yamada hopes to make his full return to the water by Aug. 25 for the start of Surfer’s Healing event in South Carolina, a one-day event focused on getting thousands of special needs children onto a board and in the water.

Hot Sushi said he’s just happy to still be here and to still be a dish better-served warm.

“That’s what I’m telling people. I joke with people, my nickname is Hot Sushi. I’m still Hot Sushi, not cold sushi yet,” joked Yamada.

Tybee Island realtors seeing impact of STVR moratorium on real estate market

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - The temporary pause of new rental properties on Tybee Island is already taking a negative toll on the community’s housing market.This from local realtors speaking to WTOC Monday - just two weeks into the city’s 90-day moratorium prohibiting new rental property registrations.During the pandemic the housing market on Tybee is what some would call “hot.” Often times the housing pool was running dry. Now, however, some real estate agents WTOC spoke with say people are hesitant to b...

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - The temporary pause of new rental properties on Tybee Island is already taking a negative toll on the community’s housing market.

This from local realtors speaking to WTOC Monday - just two weeks into the city’s 90-day moratorium prohibiting new rental property registrations.

During the pandemic the housing market on Tybee is what some would call “hot.” Often times the housing pool was running dry. Now, however, some real estate agents WTOC spoke with say people are hesitant to buy without knowing if their house can be a rental after this moratorium.

“They want a place to come with their families when they want to come on vacation, but then they also want to be able to have a home that they can rent and work toward their retirement,’ said Tanya Huff, real estate agent with Century 21 Solomon Properties.

“There were those of us in the real estate, brokerage and sales business who lost contracts. We had them on the table and they were ready to move forward. They didn’t know what might happen next,” said Keith Gay Sr., realtor and owner of Tybee Vacation Rentals.

Tanya Huff and Keith Gay Sr. are both realtors on the island. They say not only has this moratorium lost them buyers, but it’s made residents scared to sell their unregistered home.

“People are afraid to sell because they don’t know if they’re going to get the same value if they don’t have that certificate,” said Huff.

Huff says prior to the moratorium’s start date people, including herself, ran to register their house even with no intent to rent it out right now.

“I was scared that if I didn’t have it registered and I wanted to sell it eventually I wouldn’t get as much for mine as somebody else would right next to me.”

Gay says he estimates he’s lost between 30 and 40 buyers because they don’t trust that a moratorium, like this, wouldn’t happen again in the future.

“We had people who walked away because they saw it as being not supportive. People are being very, very careful about what they’re buying,” said Gay.

And what about the houses under construction? Gay says those are more than likely being built by owners who will make it an STVR. What this moratorium will result in long-term is what Huff and Gay say isn’t clear. Huff says compared to Savannah, Tybee’s market is struggling.

“Yesterday I wrote a contract on a house that had 19 offers and you’re not seeing that in Tybee right now,” said Huff.

The moratorium will end on November 26, but it’s unclear if it’ll get extended even longer.

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Need a cocktail or beer for the beach? Here are the best spots for a drink on Tybee Island

For Do SavannahSince Spanish explorers first laid eyes on Tybee Island, generations have been drawn to its sandy beaches, salty waters, and beautiful sunsets.This important location at the mouth of the Savannah River has been a strategic shipping channel thanks to the oldest lighthouse in Georgia. It was also home to many pirates throughout the years who preferred to hide their treasure and whet their whistle in the cool Atlantic breeze.Looking to cast your line this summer?:...

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Since Spanish explorers first laid eyes on Tybee Island, generations have been drawn to its sandy beaches, salty waters, and beautiful sunsets.

This important location at the mouth of the Savannah River has been a strategic shipping channel thanks to the oldest lighthouse in Georgia. It was also home to many pirates throughout the years who preferred to hide their treasure and whet their whistle in the cool Atlantic breeze.

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Today, visitors can enjoy dolphin tours, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and more. There's something for everyone on this tiny island just minutes from downtown Savannah. And after a day in the sun and the waves, there are plenty of great bars and restaurants to get a hot meal and a cold drink to wash down the fun.

Here are some of the best spots to grab a drink on Tybee Island

This favorite local spot sits just under the bridge after you come onto the island.

CoCo's cozy inside bar often hosts live music, while the upper deck outside has great views of the marina and nearby fishing pier. Enjoy laid-back American and seafood favorites paired with a locally brewed beer on draft. Pair the Beer Battered Calamari, or the sashimi-grade Tuna Bites, with a Parrot Head cocktail.

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You can even catch a dolphin tour right up the road.

Who doesn't want to feed alligators while you wait for an open table?

At The Crab Shack, you can check out the alligator lagoon or pose in one of the many murals for a memorable selfie. This old-school Tybee eatery features a huge wrap-around deck that offers great sunset views of the marsh and nearby docks.

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Sip on a Dark and Stormy or one of their signature cocktails, as you enjoy fresh boiled shrimp and crab. And don't forget to pet one of The Shack's resident cats, waiting for the next shrimp to come their way.

Situated on the northside of the island, just a few steps from the historic lighthouse and beach access, the North Beach Bar and Grill is a local and out of town favorite.

Before or after hitting the nearby beach, visitors enjoy sitting on the large covered deck, trying the eateries' signature Caribbean-inspired seafood favorites, and sipping on a Rum Runner or an interesting Georgia craft beer.

The fun cranks up on the weekends as the bar hosts local rock bands outside.

Nestled between several popular hotels and condos, The Deck Beach Bar features scenic views of the beach, just steps away from the sand.

On weekends, the restaurant hosts a rotating cast of local live musicians cranking out classic rock and reggae favorites in the laid-back atmosphere. From fish tacos, to fresh oysters or Red Snapper, there's something for everyone looking for a tasty bite with a view.

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Come as you are, sandy feet welcome.

If you want to go where the locals go, Huc-A-Poos is your spot on Tybee Island.

Tucked away off the main drag into town, this favorite hangout fills up at night with service industry insiders and Tybee Island residents looking to unwind in the relaxed bar area, or large outdoor deck. Huc-A-Poos is known for its deep beer selection and its locally-famous specialty pizzas. Try The Federale for an interesting Mexican pizza, or just order The Shep Surprise and get a mystery pizza.

Plus, you can check out live music on the deck in the glow of the large flat-screens with the latest sports games on.

1613 Strand Ave.; (912)-786-6109; fanniesonthebeach.com/

Planted in the bustling Strand district of town, this multi-story restaurant and bar features stellar views of the Tybee Beach Pier from the top level.

Inside, you can sit out on the deck and overlook the beachfront or look down and watch locals and tourists meander through the Strand. Fannie's features a pirate atmosphere, with a laid-back attitude ranging from its drink selection to seafood delights and comfort bar food.

Check out of some of the area's favorite local musicians cranking out beach tunes and Jimmy Buffet on the weekends.

1403 Butler Ave.; (912)-786-0209; stingraysontybee.com/

If you want to sit on the main drag, have some great seafood and people watch as visitors walk from their condos to the local bars, Sting Ray's is your spot.

Inside, there's a weathered bar where out-of-towners and locals alike belly up to share a fun conversation. Outside, the large, multi-level deck looks out onto the street where people pass to and fro, as local musicians entertain from a nearby stage.

Come for a cocktail, and stay for the fresh steamed seafood and relaxed vibe.

Tybee Island mayor prefers to take ‘positive approach’ instead of enforcing another mask mandate

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - With the City of Savannah announcing its decision Monday to reinstate a mask mandate, the question is if neighboring cities would follow suit.Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions says as it stands right now, they will not be enforcing a mask mandate again. She says the city would prefer to take a positive approach.Mayor Sessions says this means instead of having a mandate, people could see things like the “mask up Tybee” signs put up again or the “mask up Tybee” car driving arou...

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - With the City of Savannah announcing its decision Monday to reinstate a mask mandate, the question is if neighboring cities would follow suit.

Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions says as it stands right now, they will not be enforcing a mask mandate again. She says the city would prefer to take a positive approach.

Mayor Sessions says this means instead of having a mandate, people could see things like the “mask up Tybee” signs put up again or the “mask up Tybee” car driving around. She says the city will even continue to offer masks to businesses or anyone who needs them. The mayor says when it comes to a mandate, it’s just not feasible for the city to enforce it and that it was hard doing so when the county used to have one in place.

”We still are in a situation on Tybee where we have so many other laws that we’re trying to enforce during our season. We’re also looking at the middle of a season of potential hurricanes, so we are really trying to focus on things that we can do and that we’ve got to prepare for that are immediate,” said Mayor Sessions.

Of course, Mayor Sessions says safety is their main priority so she encourages people to get the vaccine if they can. She also says the city is hoping to plan another vaccination clinic soon, but she didn’t say when that would be.

The consensus for most Tybee businesses that WTOC spoke with is that the “mask required” signs won’t be going back up on their doors.

Now that some cities are enforcing masks again, several businesses on Tybee say they’ve been having this conversation with their employees lately. They say they’re asking customers what they’re comfortable doing.

Latitude 32 says they’re going to require masks again, but others say right now they’re not. Susan Kelleher is the owner of Seaside Sisters, and she says it’s a hard call to make, but since her employees are all vaccinated, she doesn’t feel it’s necessary.

She says about 10%-15% of her customers do wear masks and that it should be their own decision. She says she doesn’t want to have to be the door monitor any more.

“I don’t want any more push back from anybody. I’m not going down that road again and by now you should know what you need to do. The only way we’ll put on masks if all the sudden things just break loose and it’s almost what it was before. If my employees feel threatened by a virus then we’ll put masks back on for my employees’ protection,” Kelleher said.

City officials say they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 case numbers and give masks to businesses if they need them.

Copyright 2021 WTOC. All rights reserved.

Keep Liberty Beautiful: Cigarette litter prevention holiday kick-off

In November, one of Keep Liberty Beautiful’s primary focuses is on recycling. This year, we also pushed the Liberty County Proud and Beautiful program.Keep Liberty Beautiful, partnered with Keep Savannah Beautiful, Keep McIntosh Beautiful, Keep Camden Beautiful, Keep Pembroke Beautiful, Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers, the City of Tybee Island, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Keep Golden Isles Beautiful utilizing a $20,000 Keep America Beautiful cigarette litter prevention program grant. The grant ...

In November, one of Keep Liberty Beautiful’s primary focuses is on recycling. This year, we also pushed the Liberty County Proud and Beautiful program.

Keep Liberty Beautiful, partnered with Keep Savannah Beautiful, Keep McIntosh Beautiful, Keep Camden Beautiful, Keep Pembroke Beautiful, Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers, the City of Tybee Island, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Keep Golden Isles Beautiful utilizing a $20,000 Keep America Beautiful cigarette litter prevention program grant. The grant was used to place cigarette butt receptacles and launch a targeted coastal educational outreach initiative.

This is the third year that Keep Liberty Beautiful participated in the GEORGIA’S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY campaign. With the grant, we offered free cigarette butt receptacles to any business or organization that needed one. If you need one in your area, please contact us. We still have some left, and when you recycle your first bag of cigarette butts, you will receive a T-shirt. Contact the KLB office (912) 8804888 or visit our web page at www.keeplibertybeautiful. org for more information.

Another thing all the counties did was use branded drink coasters at local establishments to reach a targeted population with educational information discouraging the littering of cigarette butts. The following 15 Liberty County restaurants participated in using the drink coasters:

• Pizza Peddler

• Smokin’ Pig BBQ Joint

• Melody’s Coastal Café

• Captain Joe’s Seafood Midway

• Split Fin Brewery

• The Cozy Bean Neighborhood Coffee House

• Sawadee Thai Restaurant • Good to Go Jamaican Restaurant

• Angie’s Diner

• Sunbury Crab Company • Panera Bread

• Izola’s Country Cafe

• Tropical Smoothie Café

• Waffle House

• The Brickwall Cafe We are so grateful for each restaurant’s support.

When visiting any of these establishments, take your photo with a coaster and tag Keep Liberty Beautiful on Facebook to receive a Georgia’s Coast Is Not an Ashtray T-shirt or a KLB giveaway while supplies last. Keeping more items out of the landfills and reusing things helps our environment so much.

Recycling helps us to convert wasted materials into new materials and objects. America Recycles Day was Nov. 15, but we take the month of November to encourage more of our citizens to recycle all year long.

Recycling preserves our energy, helps lower greenhouse gas emissions, prevents the waste of potentially useful materials, reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials, and reduces the amount going to landfills.

Every year we provide resources for our students and teachers in the Liberty County School System.

Due to COVID-19, we tried to do as much as possible virtually, including the placemats. We also conducted some recycling contests, which allowed the children and teachers to show off their knowledge, creativity, and skills about recycling. For our America Recycles Day Initiatives, we had the following winners: Recycling Door Decorating Contest

• Stacy Koerner, Lyman Hall Elementary School, 4th Grade, Room #C35 (overall winner) — Amazon gift card and classroom pizza party

• Lacey Bitzer, Joseph Elementary School, Kindergarten, Room #149 — Target gift card

• Sarah Johnson, Liberty Elementary School, Kindergarten, Room# 219 — Amazon gift card

Recycle Video Contest

• Aiden Winslow (winner) — Amazon gift card

Trailer Wrap Design Contest

• Akura Miranda (participant) — Amazon gift card

• Deja Strowbridge (participant) — Amazon gift card

• Nikaylah Coprick (KLB Mission Category winner) — Amazon gift card Coastal Courier Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by KLB

• Best Recycled Costume Category — Britta D’ Angelo created an excellent VHS Monster piece using VHS materials.

#Berecycled Pledge & America Recycles Day Placemats Everyone still has the opportunity to win a KLB Recycle prize, now until the end of November. Go to our Facebook page to take the pledge and read the America Recycles Day Placemat. Everyone can recycle and make a difference in our community. Take the Be Recycled Pledge today and start with one thing, or you can pledge to recycle more. Just know what you recycle today could be something we use in the future. If you have any questions or need to contact us about KLB programs, please call us at (912) 880-4888 or email klcb@libertycountyga. com.

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