Glynn County Commissioners have approved a permit allowing the construction of a Friendly Express gas station at 5514 Frederica Road on St. Simons Island.
The station, approved Thursday, would have six petrol pumps. The convenience store would maintain a daily business schedule of 6 p.m.
Once the new station opens, planning manager Stefanie Lief said the company plans to close the existing Friendly Express on Frederica. A Friendly Express representative said the company plans to remove the underground fuel tanks from the old location as soon as it closes.
Cap Fendig, Commissioner of District 2, said the property in question is very important on the north end of the island and could have long-term traffic impacts on Frederica Road.
Commissioner Allen Booker asked if the company would have security cameras at the rear of the building. A Friendly Express rep said they would likely have them all over the property.
St. Simons Island resident Hugh Borque said the county is not planning enough for traffic. During rush hour, turning left into Frederica at any time is a waiting game. The gas station sitemap does not solve this problem.
A Friendly Express representative said entry and exit mimicked those required by the Georgia Department of Transportation on state highways. He said the new site plan solves most of the parking and exit issues from the old store.
Julian Smith, another St. Simons Island resident, said he thought it was a good location for a convenience store with fresh produce, adding that it should be a grocery store with pumps gasoline.
Smith objected to a request from Harris Teeter to install petrol pumps at the supermarket, but he thinks the location of Friendly Express is good for such a business.
“The only thing I heard tonight is that Frederica must have a solution. Turning lanes, third lane, four lanes, whatever,” Commissioner Walter Rafolski said.
The commissioners approved the permit 5-1, along with a request to remove a 22-inch live oak tree.
Commissioners Booker, Rafolski, Bill Brunson, David O’Quinn and Sammy Tostensen voted to approve the bid. Fendig cast the only dissenting vote.
Commissioner Wayne Neal withdrew from the vote.
In other business Thursday, commissioners voted to approve an amendment to the county’s ordinance allowing the sale of alcohol from “beverage carts” on golf courses.
Fendig said the request was made by golfers and neighborhoods around golf courses on the island expressed no opposition.
• Voted to approve the abandonment of a paved road at 220 and 300 Needwood Road, waiving all rights of public access.
• Approved permits allowing the placement of native plants beyond the dune development setback at 110 E. 27th St. and 117 E. 18th St., both on Sea Island.
• Appointed Lucas Ramirez and Abra Lattany-Greene to the County Police Advisory Committee.
• Appointed Commissioner O’Quinn Vice-Chair of the Commission.
At the end of the meeting, the committee voted to enter a closed session to discuss ongoing litigation. Commissioners voted to approve recommendations from Glynn County District Attorney Aaron Mumford