Vacationers heading to Jekyll Island will have to pay more for parking starting July 1. The Jekyll Island Authority has approved a $1 increase in the price of a daily parking pass at the state park on the Georgia coast.
Two Jekyll Island beaches are under advisory after high levels of a bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness were found in the water. The Coastal Health District reported St. Andrews Beach and Clam Creek Beach were placed under advisory following routine water quality tests from samples taken May 29.
New rules for dogs on St. Simons Island are drawing both cheers and jeers from dog lovers. On the one hand, Glynn County officials are banning dogs on the island's beach this summer when the sand is most popular, during the day. On the other hand, they're giving dog owners the discretion to unleash their dogs and let them roam free in the mornings and evenings.
Jekyll Island is looking for shops and restaurants to fill 35,000 square feet of new retail space planned for the state park. The authority that operates the state-owned island had to take over the retail development recently after its private developer partner was forced out of the project because it lacked the money to begin construction.
Dozens of groups are already booking meetings at Jekyll Island's new convention center, though the doors won't open for another two months. The island's staff is working to win back groups that moved their annual gatherings from Jekyll to other resorts in places like Florida.
Georgia could generate about $1 billion a year by legalizing three casinos. That's the conclusion of a report the Georgia lottery quietly gave Governor Nathan Deal last week. The lottery's board paid for the study. It looked at how much Georgia stood to gain by licensing casinos in Atlanta, Savannah and Jekyll Island.
High surf from Hurricane Irene this weekend washed away more than sand. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles were near the end of their nesting season when the storm lashed the beaches. Turtle-watchers spotted numerous examples of nests that just disappeared after Irene.
Hurricane Irene is churning up rough seas and dangerous riptides on Georgia's beaches as the storm passes the coast 240 miles offshore. Lifeguards on Tybee Island closed its waters to swimmers Friday after officials decided conditions were too dangerous. Surfers and others were still being allowed in the water at their own risk.