The governing board for Jekyll Island is proposing a big change to the 42-year-old Georgia law that guarantees the coastal state park remain vastly undeveloped. A 1971 law limits hotels, golf courses and other amenities to 35 percent of the island's land area. But there has been heated debate over how large Jekyll Island actually is and how it should be measured.
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.