Jekyll Island is offering weekly educational courses for visitors curious about one of the main predators living at the state park — the American alligator. Park officials say the Wednesday morning classes at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will explain alligators' habitat and lifestyle.
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.
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.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says Jekyll Island officials have correctly followed state law by counting marsh above high tide as land to determine how much of the state park is open to development. Olens issued an opinion Thursday that says excluding all marsh would alter the 1971 law that limits construction on Jekyll Island.
The Jekyll Island Authority is giving tour guide operators more time to provide input on a plan to test their knowledge of the island's history. The plan would require tour guides in the historic district to pass a test on Jekyll Island history.
This Saturday, Darien residents will remember one of the most controversial war acts during the Civil War. The town's buildings, churches, and most homes were set aflame by soldiers over 150 years ago. Today, the remains from the act are still preserved by the town's residents.
Developers are set to start construction on a new convention hotel for Jekyll Island after long delays that largely resulted from difficulties getting a bank loan for the $41 million project. Members of the state park's governing board were scheduled attend a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for the 200-room Westin hotel.
A task force appointed to make recommendations about Jekyll Island's future says the coastal state park may have exceeded the legal limit to how much of its land can be developed. The Jekyll Island Authority governs the island. It has asked Attorney General Sam Olens for a second opinion.