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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 6:00am

Jekyll Officials Consider Development Limit

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.