Wed., July 17, 2013 5:08pm (EDT)

Lawmakers Could Set Jekyll Limit
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 9 months ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
(photo Anne Norman)
(photo Anne Norman)
Jekyll Island officials are looking into ways of ending a land use fight.

The island's governing body says it'll ask state lawmakers next year to set a limit on the number of acres that can be developed.

David Egan of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island says a 1971 state law requires 65% of the island to remain natural.

"I think there's widespread interest in not seeing development go beyond a certain point where it ruins the experience or compromises the experience of visiting Jekyll Island," says Egan.

Officials and conservationists disagree over how many total acres of land is on the marshy barrier island.

New technology has muddled the question.

Setting an acreage limit could settle the dispute.