Jekyll sets plan meetings

The Brunswick News

February 16, 2011

Additional public meetings and draft revisions will take place over the next two months before the completion of the Jekyll Island Conservation Plan.

The public has been commenting on the plan and suggesting what should be included in it to protect and manage the state-owned island's natural resources for the next 50 years.

There was an overwhelming number of responses, at least 260 comments, from people throughout the state. There are even comments from people in other states and nations, said Cliff Gawron, director of landscape and planning for the Jekyll Island Authority.

All comments will be posted on the Jekyll Island website Friday for public review, along with a summary of the comments and notes from members of the Conservation Plan Committee.

"We're trying to work (the comments and suggestions) into the plan as much as possible," said Gawron, who is on the Conservation Plan Committee.

The committee is made up of members from the Jekyll Island Authority, the Georgia Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Little St. Simons Island. It also includes two biologists chosen as representatives of the general public.

Some of the public comments were about deer management, invasive exotic plants and the assessment of future projects on Jekyll, as well of their potential impact on the island's natural systems.

The next plan draft will be posted for public and committee review on March 7.

A public meeting will be held March 25 for the review of key revisions and additions to the plan and to engage in public comments, questions and input, Jekyll officials said.

Public input on the March 7 draft and any follow up comments from the March 25 public meeting will be accepted until April 1.

Following that, a final draft will be prepared for adoption by the board of Jekyll Island Authority.

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The most current draft is available for download on the Jekyll Island Conservation page along with videos of the public meetings. Click here to navigate to that page.