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Georgia Governor Called “Stupid and Crazy” for Wanting Beaches Open

Sometimes people in high authority positions make stupid decisions.  It doesn’t matter the party when it comes to people’s safety.  Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp has made a decision that has him in the hot seat at this time.  He decided he was going to open up the beaches in Georgia as long as people maintain the social distancing rule.  In a perfect world, it would be nice, but seeing how people have acted during this time by not following the rules, it is not such a good idea.

Tybee Island is a tourist-dependent location where the island depends on cash flow from tourists.  Since March 20, the island has been shut off to everyone due to the majority of the people who reside there are elderly, and they did not want outsiders bringing in the coronavirus.

There are no nearby hospitals and no way to care for anyone who would contract the virus.  All that connects the island to the mainland is a two-lane highway and would make it almost impossible to move patients if the main road was clogged with traffic.

Other communities in Georgia followed in the island’s footsteps as they closed down all rentals for short-term and all of the hotels and motels in the areas.  At the time, all was well with the communities and keeping the elderly safe.

At the end of last week, Governor Kemp reopened all of the state’s beaches.  Local leaders were furious, and they are still enraged.

Mayor Shirley Sessions, the Tybee Island mayor, wrote an angry letter which stated, “As the Pentagon ordered 100,000 body bags to store the corpses of Americans killed by the Coronavirus, Governor Brian Kemp dictated that Georgia beaches must reopen, and declared any decision-makers who refused to follow these orders would face prison and/or fines.  The health of our residents, staff, and visitors are being put at risk, and we will pursue legal avenues to overturn his reckless mandate.”

Governor Kemp went along with the stay at home to keep nonessential workers home and off the streets and businesses.  The governor elaborated, people are still allowed to make necessary trips to pharmacies, medical appointments, and grocery stores.

He also stated if people can go out and exercise, then they should be able to go to the beach. There will be officers patrolling the beaches from Georgia’s Department of Public Safety and Department of Natural Resources to make sure people are complying with the social distancing rules.

As the announcement was made by Governor Kemp, local officials were caught off guard.  The county commissioner of Glynn County, Georgia, Allen Booker, called the governor’s announcement “stupid and crazy at the same time.”

Sessions begged the public to defy the governor’s orders making it okay to visit the beaches. She stated there is no one there to take down the barricades.

Sessions remained with a nonpartisan stance on the situation.  She was only concerned about the safety of the people.  Sessions said, “We are now in a position where we are pleading with the public and with our residents to adhere to the beach closing.”

Sessions continued to explain that there are not enough resources to maintain the beaches. There are 25 officers for the smallest beach in the state of Georgia.  Five officers have self-quarantined due to possible exposure, and one officer tested positive for the virus.

The argument continued since the beach is so small, there is no way to keep people at a safe distance from one another.  Sessions told reporters, “We don’t have lifeguards on our beaches yet, and if people decide to go into the ocean and there’s an accident, something really tragic, Tybee is going to be in a very bad position.”

Governor Kemp made no comments to respond to Sessions.  He put out a post on Twitter, showing “no issues and very few visitors.”

The issue is controversial and could be looked at through a better angle, one of common sense. Savannah, Georgia’s Mayor Van Johnson, told reporters, “We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, and while we are closing schools, we are reopening beaches.  In my mind, that does not compute.”

Georgia currently has 6,742 cases and 219 deaths.  The wisest decision would be to remain in the stay at home order until all of this mess is over and done.  With the rising numbers, it is a foolish decision to have people out and about in these times.

Comments (19)

  1. If the beach is open, you can choose to go an keep distance, allow a limited amount of people and don’t park on top of each other. I think what we need to do is monitor labs that work with virus study to make sure that every thing is safe. For years Democraps were concerned about Global Warming, while we can do a better job protecting the environment, solar and wind will not be enough to take care of our needs and to think so is stupid.

  2. Have you never heard of a water-born virus? It is not known if the corona virus can be water-born. Is it worth that risk or the risk to the elderly on the island? Use a little uncommon sense, please. Leave the beaches closed!

  3. Sooner or later everyone is going to have to go back to work, time to slowly get areas going and see what happens. All elderly and people with underlining conditions should stay inside during this time.

  4. Kemp is doing a good job. Beaches should not have been closed to begin with. If you are high risk don’t go . Simple.

  5. Exactly Right!!

  6. I bet he will be reelected. The one’s that aren’t allowing the freedom of the people won’t be reelected. You have it wrong…..

  7. Well Said. Totally agree!!!!

  8. Agreed…… No reason beaches can’t open.

  9. KEMP HAS HIS MIND ON HIS MISGUIDED , CROOKED , PERSONAL FRIEND ,
    APPOINTEE , NOT ON GA. CITIZENS; AS FOR COMMON SENSE I THINK HE RANK’S BELOW FAILING. I HOPE HIS APPOINTEE IS INDICTED BEFORE ELECTION DATE. ALSO REMEMBER KEMP AT THE POLLS LATER AND ALL THE MISGUIDED MISTAKES/ MISGUIDED BAD DECISIONS HE HAS MADE AGAINST THE STATE WHILE
    ELEVATING HIS MILLIONAIRE FRIEND. SHE WILL NOT DIVULGE WHO HER INVESTOR MANAGER IS (HER HUSBAND OF COURSE) AND SHE DOES NOT HAVE A BLIND TRUST AS SHE ALLUDED. GEORGIA DOES NOT NEED EITHER OF THESE PEOPLE IN ANY LEADERSHIP/DECISION MAKING/ POWER JOBS. DRAIN THIS GEORGIA SWAMP !!!!

  10. Good for Gov Kemp. People should get outside in the sunshine, absorb some vitamin D improve their immune system. This garbage of sitting home inside is the wrong way to go.

  11. We’ve been sold a bill of goods and see how easy it was! Government control over the whole world!

  12. Totally agree!

  13. Well said and I completely agree

  14. People are going to do what they want. That’s always the way it has been and it will continue. However, actions have consequences. Think of someone other than yourself. I have gone to the store for groceries. I wear a mask and gloves. I am amazed at how many people, older people are shopping with no protection. Moms with little kids, no masks. Maybe they don’t care about getting sick but I do. It is a simple thing to ask people to not congregate but if you do wear a mask. A bandana over you mouth is not complicated. Is going to the beach a #1 priority at this time? You can sit out in your yard or on your porch or balcony. Use some common sense and think of the other guy. His safety MAY depend on you if you are infected but have no symptoms.

  15. What is wrong with people if you are not sick get outside outside I have going fishing and enjoy my time outside like always I was taught that fresh air helps with sickness I guess I was wrong but I will tell you this the governor had the right to decide if he wants to open the beaches then go for it DAMN PEOPLE YOU CAN’T HIDE FOREVER GET OUT LIVE LIKE PEOPLE SHOULD HELL I AM 68 YEARS OLD I HAVE NOT BEEN HIDING SINCE THIS CRAP STARTED I WILL NOT BE AFRAID OF THIS BULL SHIT I WILL GO AND DO AS I HAVE FOR THE LAST 68 YEARS HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY SHEEPOPPLE

  16. Common sense, folks. You leave your house and go to the grocery store, the pharmacies and take-out food lines. You may be getting food delivered. Being out in the sunshine activates the melatonin in your skin to synthesize Vitamin D, which boosts the immune system. An hour or so of sun is better than drinking a gallon of Vitamin D milk, because it is being metabolized. The beach goers are only dangerous if they leave and go to bars and party like they did in Miami. If they are practicing social distance rules, there is almost no chance for the virus to infect anyone. Sunlight is a great sterilizer. If there are underlying reasons, like an aged population, then, yes, the locals should make the rules. By and large, decision making should be as de-centralized as possible, just like our silly liquor laws in Texas. Every town and even city council district is able to make their own rules on liquor sales. In some cases, one side of the street is dry, and the other side is selling Whisky. Local control at its best or worst, according to which way you lean.

  17. Open the beaches,if u are not safe out side,then we are all doomed to be Controlled by the DEMOCRATS.out door Activity’s should be ok,but the Socialist DEMOCRATS want u to be under COMPLETE CONTROL.,HOW AM I SAFE GOING OUTSIDE ON MY PROPERTY BUT NOT AT THE BEACH WITH SELF DISTANCING. ESPECIALLY IN LOW RISK AREAS.

  18. I believe that the Mayors of the beaches along with their staff should make decisions for the safety of residents. I don’t live on Tybee, but for my entire 76 years I have been there thousands of times. We worship there since 1979. We love our friends there. I simply love the island as my favorite place. Do not put these folks at risk please.

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