To read the new legislation, click here.  The changes are underlined; strike-throughs indicate the provisions that have been deleted.

IPJI supported the proposed legislation for the following reasons:

  • Locking in the exact number of development-eligible acres is a more precise way to cap development than trying to figure out the developed percentage of the island that lies above water at mean high tide;
  • Restricting development to a fixed number of upland acres ends the debate over whether tidal marsh is part of Jekyll’s land area and thus subject to the 65-35 rule;
  • The fixed acreage approach eliminates the need to recalculate the island’s ever-changing land area with each new Master Plan due to sea level rise, erosion and accretion;
  • Limiting commercial and residential development to just 20 acres—which is 35 fewer development-eligible acres than provided for in the current Master Plan—helps ensure that Jekyll’s built environment will not grow dramatically and diminish the quality of the “Jekyll experience;”
  • Development proposals that would utilize any of the 20 acres set aside for unrestricted use would require public review and approval by the Jekyll Island Legislative Oversight Committee.
  • Development beyond the newly established limit is bannded forever, "The authority is empowered to convert no more than 1,675 acres of the total land area of Jekyll Island into developed land. All residual acreage shall forever be retained as undeveloped area."