Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island

Volume 3, Issue 3
Summer 2009

The News

The Jekyll Development Picture: Just the Facts (click here)

Jekyll Town Center: First Glimpse at What's Coming (click here)

JIA Board Maps out Jekyll Future at 2-Day Retreat (click here)

JIA-Linger Longer Time-share Deal: A Professional Review (click here)


National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America's public lands. This year, you can volunteer to improve Jekyll Island! On Saturday, September 26, 2009, Jekyll Island supporters will gather to help the State Park staff remove the invasive plant species tamarisk from the south end of the Island. To register, contact IPJI’s Babs McDonald at, 706-207-3451. The session will run from 9:00-3:00 and will include an educational talk about invasive plant species. Limited to 20 volunteers, so please register early! 

• The absolutely fearless and totally awesome Dottie the Dachshund has agreed to serve as IPJI’s official mascot. For a video of the amazing Dottie on Jekyll’s beach spreading the word about IPJI’s cause, click here.

• Today, August 14, 2009, marks the 640th day since a draft version of the Jekyll Island Conservation Plan was shelved by the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) board. The board’s inaction has allowed park redevelopment to proceed without the protective benefits of a comprehensive Conservation Plan.

• A new component has been added to IPJI’s social networking with the opening of a MySpace page, “Defend Jekyll Island,” managed by Heather Davis, a young woman from Canton, Georgia. The page is loaded with Jekyll information and photos and has an active blog. To visit Heather’s MySpace page, click here

• On June 30, 2009, IPJI-s co-director, David Egan, was interviewed (click here for interview) by Kevin Strasser, the founder of the online publication “” The interview covers a wide range of topics and provides some fresh insights into IPJI’s origins, activities and future plans.

• On May 27, 2009, Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate DuBose Porter was interviewed about the Jekyll development issue by IPJI's Atlanta metro area coordinator, Dory Ingram. To watch this revealing interview, click here.

• IPJI has purchased another 1,000 “Defend Jekyll Island State Park” bumper stickers, bringing our total now 4,000. Click here to receive your free bumper sticker(s).