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Friends of Demere Park

St. Simons Island GA 31522

November 9, 2006

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA - Friends of Demere Park, a group of concerned St. Simons Island residents, will host a rally at historic Demere Park on St. Simons Island to voice their collective opposition to the Glynn County Board of Commissioners' recent vote to authorize a 30-year lease of Demere Park to a non-profit for $1 per year and allow construction of a large recreational building owned by the non-profit on the former public park.

The rally will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m at Demere Park, located at the intersection of Arnold Road & Demere Road, St. Simons Island, GA.

"At a time when all of us are concerned about private development's impact on the treasured past of St. Simons and Glynn County, it is unimaginable that our county leaders would mark an historic public park, and invaluable green space, for private development. Isn't a ball field covered with green grass, a playground with laughing children, and years of neighborhood memories worth more than a $1 per year?" said area homeowner Bill Allen.

"Our county representatives have to understand that no matter how worthwhile the non-profit recipient of the county's generous '$1 per year land deal' may be, no project is worth the paving over of a neighborhood park especially when it means trading a public park for a building that will be there for at least the next 30 years", added resident Kitty Larkins who plans to attend the rally at Demere Park on November 18th.

Friends of Demere Park invite St. Simons residents, media representatives and all concerned Glynn County taxpayers and residents to attend the November 18th rally and demonstrate their opposition to the action of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners which will result in the loss of an historic 4-acre public park and invaluable green space at the south end of St. Simons Island.

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