Jekyll Island authorities say they don't need legislative approval to enact a big change in the state-run park. Officials want to limit how many acres developers can build on there. Right now, state law says 65% of land on the island must remain natural.
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.
A private company slated to open two new hotels on Jekyll Island next year can't find financing for the project. The hotels are supposed to open at the same time as a new state-financed convention center. Without the hotels, the state-run island could have trouble attracting convention business. Island officials have told developers, they want to see progress by June.