Tybee Island Super 8 Motel

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TYBEE ISLAND SUPER 8 MOTEL
ROBERT “GENE” GLISSON
16 TYBRISIA STREET
TYBEE ISLAND, GA 31328
(912) 786-8806
WEBSITES: www.super8beachside.com
www.super8tbyee.com

Tybee Island Amusement Park was started in 1968 with an SBA loan to purchase the rides and necessary equipment. After 30 years of providing entertainment to summer visitors, Gene Glisson decided that the amusement park had seen better days and that the real estate would be put to better use as a motel. This decision was based on the increasing numbers of visitors to the island as well as the lack of new accommodations for them on the island.

Gene decided to auction off the amusement park assets and construct a new motel with a restaurant on the property. In order to do this, Gene needed an SBA 504 loan for the construction project and an SBA 7(a) loan to furnish the motel and provide the initial working capital for operations. Gene applied for, and received these loans in 1998. Construction was started shortly thereafter, and was completed in time for the Summer 2000 season on Tybee Island.

The new Tybee Super 8 is located right on The Strand and is highly visible, just like the former amusement park was. Gene Glisson is always available to “meet and greet” visitors to the island and recommend a good steak dinner.