Let's Keep Jekyll Island Affordable!
A Petition from Jekyll's Visitors
Sponsored by the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island
Dating back to its founding legislation, Jekyll Island State Park has operated under a legislative mandate calling for its facilities to be affordable for people of average income. Mandated too is that the Jekyll Island Authority–the state park’s governing body– be financially self-sustainable.
For decades, the affordability and self-sustainability mandates reinforced one another, as affordable facilities resulted in more visitors and greater revenue for the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA). In fact, the years when visitation was greatest and the JIA most prosperous were when all of the island’s hotels were moderately priced, with the exception of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
Recently, concern about the future of Jekyll’s affordability tradition has arisen with the JIA’s approval of the construction of a pair of upscale hotels, one being the Jekyll Island Westin Resort and the other the Jekyll Island Club Hotel Ocean Suites, both of which will be part of the island’s Beach Village.
There’s concern as well regarding what will be built to replace the demolished Buccaneer Hotel and Georgia Coast Inn, both of which featured moderately priced lodgings. The leases for these properties are now held by the same investment group that owns the Westin, the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites, The Hampton Inn and Suites and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. If these investors develop these properties like they have others on the island, Jekyll Island State Park, which was supposed to be a seaside park for everyday folks, will be well on its way to becoming another high end coastal resort.
To help preserve Jekyll’s affordability tradition, IPJI is sponsoring a “Let’s Keep Jekyll Affordable” petition, the online version of which has already been signed by more than 12,000 people; the print version by more than 8,000 people. The petition will provide a popular base for reaching out to state legislators, the Governor of Georgia, the general public, and the media on behalf of an affordable Jekyll. Press releases, editorials and social media, as well as letters, emails and phone calls to elected officials locally and statewide, will be the tools of choice for IPJI’s “Let’s Keep Jekyll Affordable” effort if push comes to shove.
We encourage everyone who cares about the future of Jekyll Island State Park - Georgians and non-Georgians alike - to sign IPJI’s Affordability Petition and to share it with family and friends, neighbors and colleagues, and anyone else who might be interested in keeping Georgia’s premier state park affordable.
Thank you for lending your support to the effort to preserve Jekyll’s affordability tradition!
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