The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says four dolphins found dead at Wassaw and Jekyll Islands in November tested positive for dolphin morbillivirus, a measles-like virus that affect the lungs, brain, and immune system of marine mammals. Georgia DNR officials say they’ve found 23 dead dolphins in the state since Nov. 15. Clay George of the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section says Georgia usually sees about 21 dolphins stranded on its shores per year
A key state senator says he supports changing a law that limits the amount of development on state-owned Jekyll Island. Perry State Senator Russ Tolleson says the proposal has broad support from both environmental groups and the park's state-appointed managers.
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.
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 says residents and others who buy annual passes for cars they drive on the island state park must switch to a new type of ID tag by early October. The Jekyll Island Authority says it's getting rid of the barcode scanners that annual pass holders have previously stuck on their cars.
Georgia's hospital for sick and injured sea turtles on Jekyll Island plans to return two more of its patients to the wild. Georgia Sea Turtle Center officials say it's the third time this month that pairs of turtles have been returned to the ocean after recovering sufficiently to survive in the wild.