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Jekyll opens new greeting station
Visitors to Jekyll Island will soon trade the greeting station that has welcomed them to the state park for decades for an updated automated toll booth system.

And, yes, the new system accepts major credit cards.

Motorists traveling to Jekyll will need to be prepared to stop and pay the entry fee earlier on the Downing Musgrove Causeway with the opening of the new toll booth.

An official opening is set for 9:30 a.m. Monday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, though the toll booth was operational Friday.

The modern toll booth is part of the new Guest Information Center and Plaza, which incorporates the entrance and the island's recently redesigned Welcome Center next to the Georgia State Patrol post.

Three lanes - two for paying visitors and one for motorists with decals - will provide for a better flow of traffic. At least that's the hope of Jekyll Island Authority officials.

In addition to credit cards, the new automated toll booth will accept cash and vouchers.

The daily parking fee - or toll - will remain at $6 per vehicle.

The speed limit around the information center and toll plaza has been lowered to 25 mph from 55 mph.

Plans call for the island's entrance on the Jekyll side of the river to be redesigned and the old greeting station dismantled.

Members on the board of the Jekyll Island Authority, who will be meeting on the island Monday, will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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