Capacity Study for Jekyll Island:
How Much Development Is Too Much Development?
interested in conducting a Jekyll Island carrying capacity and infrastructure
assessment, which, according to the RFP, would "allow the JIA Board to
make informed decisions about land use, density, development projects,
and amenity enhancements."
Three firms submitted proposals responsive to RFP 336. At its February
19, 2018 board meeting, Sand County Studios (SCS) and four of its
partners, were chosen to conduct the Capacity Study for the JIA.
The estimated time for completion is six to eight months. To read SCS's proposal, click here.
The key question that must be addressed in this study is, "how much and what kind of development or redevelopment can the island sustain without diminishing the quality of the Jekyll experience? Obviously, there is no way to answer that question without a robust public input session and a comprehensive survey of the island's visitors and residents. Details are not yet available regarding how SCS will gather information from the public. Once this information is available, IPJI will advise its members on how they can participate in this important process.
Hopefully, SCS's capacity study, which will be completed this fall, will produce results more in tune with Jekyll's character than was the case with the previous attempt to deal with this issue, namely the 2008 report produced the Bleakly Advisory Group, which called for an additional 1,000 hotel rooms beyond the island's all-time high and nearly twice the number of residences on the island.