The IPJI has long been interested in alternatives to promoting visitation to Jekyll Island State Park and increasing JIA revenue other than by adding more and more to Jekyll’s built commercial environment. One of the most promising of notions in this regard is to capitalize on the natural appeal that Jekyll Island has for the growing segment of the nation’s population interested in opportunities to experience and learn about nature.
While there has been considerable talk about the merits of promoting nature tourism on Jekyll, no one has come with a proposal more exciting than the one recently put forward by ecologist Al Tate, who is an instructor at the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta. Mr. Tate’s proposal, which calls for the creation of a Jekyll Island Center for Biodiversity and Human Interaction, can be read by clicking here: Mr. Tate has contacted the Jekyll Island Authority regarding his proposal and is currently exploring funding opportunities for the Jekyll Island Center for Biodiversity and Human Interaction from private foundations, universities, and the corporate world. He is also soliciting comments and from anyone interested in helping to promote his concept. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A New Idea for Jekyll Island: The Jekyll Island Center for Biodiversity and Human Interaction