Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Thank God Our Favorite Island Isn't Everyone's

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Thank God Our Favorite Island Isn't Everyone's

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Byline: Terry Dickson

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. | Thanks a lot Southern Living. As if we didn't have enough people down here trying to get through the roundabout, you encourage more.

Well, I shouldn't blame the magazine. All it did was poll its readers and publish the results of surveys to name "Your favorite barbecue joints, bars, cities, hotels, inns, restaurants, small towns and more." The first annual South's Best Awards is in the April issue that hits the newsstands Friday.

By the way, the favorite city is Charleston, S.C. The cover photo is a photo of a woman at the Battery, or Batt'ry as Charlestonians pronounce it, taking a picture out toward Fort Sumter. "Why we're obsessed with this low country gem," the cover says.

Well, some folks are apparently obsessed with St. Simons. It finished second in the best island category behind the OBX, which stands for North Carolina's Outer Banks. It's actually a string of mostly treeless islands with architecture devoid of charm, at least what I saw.

A lot of hurricanes and tropical storms have voted the OBX their favorite landfall, but that's beside the point. It has some fine beaches and good surf fishing.

Of St. Simons, Southern Living says, "Picture historic architecture, mossudraped oaks, a relaxing community that never gets in a hurry, and long, flat beaches that stretch out for days at low tide."

Moss draped oaks indeed, though Hurricane Matthew helped get rid of a lot of our less desirable trees like the pines and water oaks. "Never gets in a hurry," it says. Well, some of us are occasionally in hurry, but we can't get anywhere at the posted speed limit because there always seem to be golf carts in the road going 15 miles per hour under.

[I was hoping to go a full month without denigrating golf cartage. Oh well. Maybe April.]

We also have island prices for everything from real estate to hamburgers. …

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