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JIA presents master plan
The Jekyll Island Authority picked up a major supporter of its proposed new master plan.

The state-owned barrier island's legislative oversight committee met Thursday at the Jekyll Island Convention Center to review the plan. Board members of the Jekyll Island Authority were in attendance.

The committee included two members of Glynn County's delegation to the Georgia General Assembly - Sen. William Ligon and Rep. Alex Atwood. Both Republicans reside on St. Simons Island.

The committee was told the goals of the new plan - its first update since 1996 - which include preservation and protection of the island.

The most discussed part of the master plan was Jekyll Island Authority's goal of moving from the 65/35 ratio - a state law that caps developable land at 35 percent - to a set number of fixed acres.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which remapped the island within the past year, 1,609 of the approximate 5,500 acres on the island were developed. That includes 12 acres planned for the Jekyll Island campgrounds.

The new master plan sets developable land at 1,675 acres to be developed overall, leaving just 66 more acres for future use.

The master plan must be approved by the General Assembly.

The plan also received the support of the president of the Georgia Conservancy, former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard.

A public meeting on the plan is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.


Current and previous drafts of the Jekyll Island Master Plan are available on Comments can be emailed to Langord Holbrook at

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