St. George Islanders mull incorporation

Newt Colston makes his presentation Photo available for purchase

Newt Colston makes his presentation

Lois Swoboda
Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM.


Island residents are researching the feasibility of incorporating to form the county’s third city.

On Wednesday, June 25, a group of concerned island citizens led by Newt Colston made a public presentation on what they have learned to date about the possibility of incorporating St. George Island. 

More than 50 people attended the meeting and 42 said they were registered voters who live on the island. In a show of hands taken after the presentation, 30 said they would like to investigate further the possibility of incorporation. Only seven said they don’t believe pursuing more information is advisable.

A petition circulated at the meeting stating, “We the residents of St. George Island, petition Franklin County Commissioners and the Franklin County Legislative Delegation to authorize and support the St. George Island Incorporation effort, so that the voters of St. George Island are able to vote in favor of or opposed to incorporating the island as a municipality,” was signed by 25 people, two of whom were not registered voters and island residents.

Colston said the idea of incorporation started following a meeting of the island civic club, but is not directly affiliated with the club.

He told the audience Carol Talley, Chris Jensen, Don Murry and Tom Wood have all taken leadership roles on the incorporation committee.

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