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Posted: January 14, 2014 8:30 a.m.

Island residents raise concerns about wind turbine

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Some townspeople on Tybee Island near Savannah are expressing concerns about plans for a wind turbine, but others say the structure represents a unique opportunity for the beach town and should be welcomed.

The Savannah Morning News (http://bit.ly/1fu2y3W) reports that about 100 people packed Tybee Island's City Hall Monday night to hear about plans for the 50-kilowatt wind turbine.

Councilman Paul Wolff said the wind turbine is a way to invest in the community's future with minimal expense because it is being offered as a gift.

The Morning News reports that Wolff privately negotiated with an international corporation for the wind turbine that's valued at $272,000. It would cost an estimated $134,000 in shipping and installation expenses.

Some residents expressed concerns about the upfront costs and worry that it could harm birds.

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