A band of St. Simons Island residents is resurrecting the idea of forming a second city in Glynn County.
The group met Saturday to talk about the possibility of creating an island municipality. Glynn County Commissioners Clyde Taylor and Dale Provenzano, residents of St. Simons Island, attended the meeting.
A proposal to turn unincorporated St. Simons Island into a municipality failed in two nonbinding votes in the past, once in 1996 and again in 2004. Voters on St. Simons and Sea islands were asked if they favored forming their own city.
About 40 interested citizens gathered to hear about the idea over the weekend, said St. Simons resident Ivan Figueroa, a former Johns Creek, Ga., councilman who helped establish the Atlanta suburb in 2006.
Figueroa said the group gathered to learn more about incorporation.
“Everybody’s positive about the potential of incorporating,” Figueroa said Monday. “(But) a lot of things have to happen. Next would be doing some type of advertising, gauging if there is a desire to incorporate.”
He said at the root of the renewed desire to incorporate is a need to improve the quality of life on the island. Concerns about planning and development, the environment and the protection of valuable live oak trees are at the forefront of the movement.
Glynn County would continue to provide court services, health and human services and library services, but a new city could be more cognizant of preserving the way of life on St. Simons Island, Figueroa said.