• Court Decides, Twitty Park is Worth Saving

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    May 01, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    Glynn Environmental Coalition
    P.O. Box 2443
    Brunswick, GA 31521-2443
     
    Point of Contact for this Press Release: Rachael Thompson, Executive Director
    Office: 912-466-0934
    Cell: 908-313-3136
    Email: gec@glynnenvironmental.org
     
    Court Decides, Twitty Park Is Worth Saving
     
    In an order issued April 29, Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley granted summary judgment, in part, in favor of plaintiffs, the Glynn Environmental Coalition and Jane Fraser in their lawsuit against Glynn County and a Sea Island Company entity regarding a 1982 conveyance of Twitty Park on St. Simons Island. The court’s ruling voided the 1982 conveyance from Glynn County to Sea Island Company and requires that Twitty Park be owned and maintained by Glynn County for the benefit of the public. 
     
    “Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley’s decision provides a clear answer to the question at the heart of the case: ‘Did the County have the authority to transfer Twitty Park to Sea Island in 1982?’” Said Rachael Thompson, Executive Director, Glynn Environmental Coalition. “The ruling ensures that Twitty Park will remain a public park and is in line with our claim since the commencement of this litigation that Twitty Park is worth saving.”
     
    In 1924 local businessman T. L. Cain dedicated land for a park as a gift to Glynn County. For 95 years Twitty Park has served as a scenic icon of live oaks with a Spanish moss-draped canopy at the intersection of Frederica Road and Sea Island Road. Residents use the park for picnics, biking, running, dog walking, and to observe and appreciate the natural landscape that makes Georgia’s barrier islands beautiful and unique. Twitty Park is a natural oasis on St. Simons Island in our ever-developing community.
     
    Prior to filing the lawsuit in 2016, the Glynn Environmental Coalition and local residents became aware of Glynn County’s plans to potentially develop roadworks that would encroach on the 95-year -park. After careful review of the title work and other actions taken by Glynn County, the Glynn Environmental Coalition learned that Glynn County had conveyed Twitty Park to Sea Island in 1982 and that such a transfer and subsequent actions were prohibited by the 1924 deed Mr. Cain gave Glynn County.
     
    Mr. Cain’s deed required his gift to remain a public park, and if the land ever ceased to be used for such purposes, it was to revert to his heirs and successors. The Glynn Environmental Coalition and local residents reached out to the surviving family of Mr. Cain and discovered that they had never been notified and had never approved the 1982 transfer.
     
    The Glynn Environmental Coalition and local resident Jane Fraser filed their lawsuit to have the Glynn County Superior Court declare that Twitty Park must be maintained as a public park for the benefit of all residents of Glynn County. In April 2017, Judge Kelly denied motions to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the defendants, which allowed the litigation to move forward. In May of 2018, Judge Kelley held a hearing to consider motions filed by each side requesting the court to rule in their favor, and the April 29 order is the court’s ruling on those motions.
     
    The order outlines the judge’s decision in favor of maintaining Twitty Park as the original 1924 Cain deed intended: “As the legal owner of Twitty Park, Glynn County held that property in trust for Glynn County residents, who are equitable owners of the property. Under the common law of this State, the County had no authority to alienate Twitty Park – land held by it for use as a public park.”
     
    “We are extremely grateful for the court’s decision to maintain Twitty Park as a public park, to be held in the public trust for Glynn County residents and visitors to St. Simons Island,” said Pamela Tillman, GEC President. “Twitty Park is worth saving!”
     
     Sea Island and Glynn County have 30 days to appeal the court’s decision.
    Contact:
    Rachael Thompson, Executive Director
    (912) 466-0934
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