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Happy April!!! This calendar year certainly handed us a bunch of stuff to do all in a minute! April Fool’s Day and Easter, Spring (or in Georgia’s case, Summer), Spring Break, and this is all assuming we survived St. Patty’s Day! I gotta say, no one celebrates St. Patrick’s Day like us. Even Ireland has to dip a bow to Savannah/Tybee during March. We represent like no other. Boston and New York have nothing on us!! Moving along to April...
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TYBEE ISLAND WINE FESTIVAL
April 26, 2018 - April 28, 2018
With summer rapidly approaching (here already, maybe?) it is time for Toon Town to begin! For Tybee Locals this is a mixed blessing, but our secret is out and more and more people are flocking to our beautiful beach with our quirky people and open container happiness and why not? That is why we live here. Tybee is awesome! Who wouldn’t want to be here? We are literally living the dream of everyone! Move to the beach and live happily ever after. Sigh. Well, everything has a pro and con to it and with that in mind, I had a chance to sit down with Chief Bob Bryson to talk about the Tybee Island Police Department and discuss how the times have changed. Chief Bob Bryson has always been a part of a law enforcement net/family. Achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, the Chief is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and spent his early formative years in the Army. When he arrived on Tybee in 1989, he started as Officer Bryson. He then spent eight years as an Officer with the Chatham County Police Department before transferring back to Tybee as a Detective (the only detective on staff) in 2002. In 2010, Detective Bryson became Chief Bryson and has been rolling strong ever since then. With his pedigree, Bob Bryson could be anywhere in the country in any department of his choosing. He chose Tybee because he loves it here.
Whatever your opinion of the police may be, they are here to serve and protect. Chief Bryson is an adamant proponent of this credo and is insistent that the police department be a positive influence for this community and have an open-door policy to one and all. With everything going on in this crazy world, that is a tough job. Fortunately, all of his officers and staff feel the same way about their department and this island. Not all of the officers live on Tybee, but they come to work every day to do their jobs and become a part of this community. With a total of 16 patrol officers, three detectives (on call 24/7) and various staff to keep this operation running, it really is a business and every single person is dedicated to it.