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Jekyll Officials Consider Development Limit

Updated: 1 year ago.
Jekyll Island Authority Board officials say they may ask for legislation to set a firm acreage for development. Board officials said Monday that they're looking to end a dispute over a decades old law that restricts development of hotels, golf courses and other amenities to just 35 percent of the barrier island's land area above the mean high tide. (Photo Courtesy of mmwm via Flickr.)

Jekyll Island Authority Board officials say they may ask for legislation to set a firm acreage for development.

Board officials said Monday that they're looking to end a dispute over a decades old law that restricts development of hotels, golf courses and other amenities to just 35 percent of the barrier island's land area above the mean high tide.

Atlanta-based environmental attorney Steve Caley, of GreenLaw, and David Egan, of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island, both say having a set acreage for development could be a viable solution to end repeated arguments over development limits.

Because Jekyll is a barrier island, officials say its land mass, along with the tools used for measuring it, change over time.

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