a VirtualTourist member from Morristown
My family and I are planning on relocating to St, Simons island. Are there any negatives to living on the island year round.
St. Simons is a lovely spot as you probably know. The only negatives I know of any time of the year are that it can be very hot in July and August and can be crowded with tourists. However, we love visiting there and have friends who have retired and moved there and they love it.
You asked for the negatives so here they are. I won't sugar coat it. :)
I was born and raised on the island and the only major downside is that it's becoming way overdeveloped and too crowded. To be honest tourist season has gotten absolutely unbearable and it seems like in a few years time there will be no trees left and our beautiful island will be nothing but concrete and overly priced houses. Other downsides are the bugs (gnats, mosquitos, horse flies, deer flies, you name it) during spring and summer. Mosquitos are pretty much year round. The heat and humidity are very difficult to deal with at times even for us locals who should be used to it by now. :) As for hurricanes, we are well protected and only get outer bands on occassion and when one comes up through the Gulf of Mexico it is nothing to worry about. Mandatory evacuations are few and far between...even then most of us stay because it always turns away before it gets us! :)
I do love this island and don't ever want to move away from it but if things continue at the rate they are going now the ambiance of the island will be destroyed.
Also....the Glynn County school system is one of the worst in Georgia and the Georgia school system is frequently at the bottom of the list nation wide. So it's pretty much the worst of the worst. There are only a few private schools, some of which only go through the 8th grade.
I do love this island with all my heart and it breaks my heart to see what is happening to it. It is still beautiful now but I don't see much hope for it in the future.