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Mississippi vistor

Tupelo, MS

#1 May 19, 2010
I was visiting Savannah for a meeting, and we drove to Tybee Island between meetings. It is beautiful, and very peaceful. However, we took a 10 min stroll, and got back to our car to find a $35 parking ticket. The car next to us had one also. There are no signs informing you that you have to pay or any meters. We went to City Hall to ask about the ticket, and a couple from OK. was coming out and told us it would do no good. Needless to say I will NEVER plan a vacation there. If you expect people to pay $35 for a parking ticket. YOU NEED TO POST SIGNS or put in meters!!!! If I had broken the law in anyway I would expect to pay, but we did nothing wrong you did by not informing unknowing people of your rules. This is nothing more than a trap for vistors. You should be ashame! First & Last time vist.
foul taste

Savannah, GA

#2 May 24, 2010
I visited your island this afternoon and heard this story from a local.Need less to say it left a foul taste in my mouth.I live in Orlando another tourist spot and this police behavior would not be tolerated there.Business persons of Tybee you need to rein in your police department as this will cost you money.No one will visit a place with police this unprofessional
Florida Visitor

Winter Springs, FL

#3 Jun 13, 2010
I had the same experience as first poster. My wife and I were staying in Savannah and thought we'd go to Tybee for lunch. We got there a little early so we parked street side and browsed the shops to kill some time; got back to car a half hour later to find parking ticket on windshield. I couldn't believe it as I'm always careful to look for no parking signs; etc. There were no signs anywhere indicating this was a paid parking area--walked to end of block (opposite direction of where we walked) and saw a small metal box where you paid--would have had no problem doing so IF I KNEW IT WAS THERE. The lack of signs is inexcusable and obviously a racket to prey on unsuspecting tourists. I'm just glad I saw the ticket before we spent any money there---had lunch elsewhere and never going back.
Geechee

Savannah, GA

#4 Jun 14, 2010
What your towns don't give out parking tickets if you don't feed the meter?
What

La Grange, KY

#5 Jun 22, 2010
Geechee wrote:
What your towns don't give out parking tickets if you don't feed the meter?
Your town disn't teach you to read? There is more to the story. Must be true what they say about SC.
TybeeRoads

Savannah, GA

#6 Jun 25, 2010
Disn't teach you to read? Looks like Louisville disn't teach you to spell either. Not to mention your failure in geography. Savannah is in GA not SC.
I hate parking tickets

Jacksonville, FL

#7 Jul 3, 2010
Hilton Head Island is well worth the 45 minute drive from savannah and you dont have to pay to park, no parking tickets, which i didnt pay anyway. never going back to tybee, what a dump.
WTF

Morristown, TN

#8 Sep 22, 2010
I spoke to a girl and ask how i could go about contesting the ticket because i had parked in front of a storeand did not know that people had to pay to park until i saw the ticket on the windshield. she said go ahead, and i proceded to tell her a little more and she stated i would have to pay the ticket. i ask and if i don't, she stated a summons will be issued. i stated and. she said you will have to appear in court. i said from where i come from when you tell someone that, its just a bluff and she was told have fun trying to get your money out of my ass cause your not.
steve

Jacksonville, FL

#9 Jul 3, 2011
Geechee wrote:
What your towns don't give out parking tickets if you don't feed the meter?
I would gladly have fed the meter......IF THERE HAD BEEN ONE!!!!! Or even a stinking sign. There was nothing. Won't ever be back......with my money. That little dump of an island relies heavily on tourism, which will dry up because of traps like this.
unconcerned

United States

#10 Jul 27, 2011
There are signs posted everywhere on Tybee, had you bothered to look around you. Going to an island that relies on tourism as income, why would you ever assume anything is free?
David

Sanford, FL

#11 Aug 4, 2012
I too was visiting Savannah with my daughter and on the third day decided to actually get in our car and venture out. We went to Fort Pulaski and because Tybee Island was so close by decided to see the Atlantic Ocean. I couldn't see the ocean because of houses and sand dunes but did notice parking meters down most all streets. However I made a turn down one street that didn't have any meters. I went down to the beach for 3 minutes and helped some man who got his wheel chair stuck in the sand and upon returning saw the meter guy giving me a ticket. This town is BOGUS!!! Total ticket trap. I will never return!!!! I can only imagine 99.99% of town revenue comes from parking tickets.
generaljeb

Garner, NC

#12 Nov 18, 2013
Our experience was similar. Inadequate signage. Never will return to Tybee. When they are finished pissing off all the tourists, revenue will plummet and the mayor will be ousted.
Mississippi vistor wrote:
I was visiting Savannah for a meeting, and we drove to Tybee Island between meetings. It is beautiful, and very peaceful. However, we took a 10 min stroll, and got back to our car to find a $35 parking ticket. The car next to us had one also. There are no signs informing you that you have to pay or any meters. We went to City Hall to ask about the ticket, and a couple from OK. was coming out and told us it would do no good. Needless to say I will NEVER plan a vacation there. If you expect people to pay $35 for a parking ticket. YOU NEED TO POST SIGNS or put in meters!!!! If I had broken the law in anyway I would expect to pay, but we did nothing wrong you did by not informing unknowing people of your rules. This is nothing more than a trap for vistors. You should be ashame! First & Last time vist.
Deb

Billings, MT

#13 Mar 19, 2014
We were visiting the area in November when our son graduated basic training at Fort Benning. We were told parking was free on Veteran's Day...sadly, apparently it was not. We never received the actual ticket...it was not on our car. However, three months later (back in Montana) we received notification that we had not paid a parking ticket while visiting Tybee Island. We called and explained that we had never received a ticket...basically the response we got was "Too bad, pay up!" We paid the $35 ticket with a credit card (they have a handy website set up to take your money) and they charged us a "convenience fee" to pay with a credit card. Hertz rentals then made another charge of $30 to our credit card for the "hassle" of providing the City of Tybee with our info. I have heard that most cities will leave a note saying something on the order of, "Welcome to our city! You have parked in a no parking zone. We won't ticket you this time, but in the future please abide by the parking rules, enjoy your stay." You will not get that here. Apparently the city survives on $2.5 million they take in on parking fees each year. I don't recommend Tybee...I'm sure you could find a friendlier place nearby.
has94

Dacula, GA

#14 May 24, 2015
I went to Tybee and got a $50 ticket for parking in a "prohibited" zone. This ticket was complete BS. I checked for a no parking sign, didn't see one. I even paid the parking meter for 5 hours of parking, and when I came back 3 hours later, I had a ticket. The time stamp was marked 5 minutes after I paid for parking. I'm rather certain a parking attendant was waiting for unsuspecting tourists to park here because there were at least 5 cars parked in the same area as me. I'm angry about the ticket because I drove around for 30 minutes looking for parking and finally found this spot that wasn't marked as prohibited. Tybee Island doesn't seem to care about helping their visitors have a pleasant experience. They're lots aren't adequately marked, save for a few, and they don't help you find available parking. After seeing that many visitors have this same problem, I am convinced they want nothing more than to steal money from tourists. I will not be going back.
Cmoore

United States

#15 Aug 17, 2015
Be glad for a $35 parking ticket. We received a $365 ticket for having a glass bottle. I saw the sign after the fact but they are made very inconspicuous. I feel that is on purpose too. I spent a lot of money on that island but it will be the last.
Go Dawgs

Miami, FL

#16 Nov 9, 2015
What does Tybee Island do to those out of state tourists who ignore a parking citation?
Rogue

Madison, TN

#17 Dec 1, 2015
I had the same experience as has94. I found a parking place that was right in front of a restaurant there. I was curious if I was this lucky and looked around for any indication I couldn't park there. Nothing I could see. It was marked with lines just like all the other ones. I paid for 2 hours of parking and placed the tag on the dash.

I didn't see the ticket until after I left. I was irate. I made the effort to make sure there was no sign saying it was prohibited. I paid for parking. I still got a ticket.
Pdwpi

Pooler, GA

#18 May 19, 2016
Mississippi vistor wrote:
I was visiting Savannah for a meeting, and we drove to Tybee Island between meetings. It is beautiful, and very peaceful. However, we took a 10 min stroll, and got back to our car to find a $35 parking ticket. The car next to us had one also. There are no signs informing you that you have to pay or any meters. We went to City Hall to ask about the ticket, and a couple from OK. was coming out and told us it would do no good. Needless to say I will NEVER plan a vacation there. If you expect people to pay $35 for a parking ticket. YOU NEED TO POST SIGNS or put in meters!!!! If I had broken the law in anyway I would expect to pay, but we did nothing wrong you did by not informing unknowing people of your rules. This is nothing more than a trap for vistors. You should be ashame! First & Last time vist.
When you drive in there is a big sign. Don't know how you missed it. Also where you parked, you are right. There aren't any meters. That is because there is a machine about ever 20 car lengths. You put your money in, get your ticket, and put it on your dash. You pay for parking from 8am to 8pm.
Pdwpi

Pooler, GA

#19 May 19, 2016
Cmoore wrote:
Be glad for a $35 parking ticket. We received a $365 ticket for having a glass bottle. I saw the sign after the fact but they are made very inconspicuous. I feel that is on purpose too. I spent a lot of money on that island but it will be the last.
When you walk on to the beach , you walk on a crossover. On both sides of the crossovers are signs with the rules. They are about 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, bolted to a post. And who brings glass to the beach. That is as bad as glass around a pool. Read the sign!
Pdwpi

Pooler, GA

#20 May 19, 2016
Go Dawgs wrote:
What does Tybee Island do to those out of state tourists who ignore a parking citation?
Issue a warrant and / or suspend your licence until it is paid. If you get pulled over for speeding and your licence is suspended you will be arrested. If you don't get pulled over and it is time to renew your license, you will not be able to until it is paid

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