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COMMENTS ON LINGER LONGER'S ORIGINAL TOWN CENTER PROPOSAL EXPRESSED ON IPJI SURVEYS


  Our family actually just came back from a vacation on Jekyll.  We found it not only breath-taking in its simplicity, but one of the most relaxing places that we have ever visited in our lives.  And actually, our family is in deep consideration of moving to Brunswick just to be close to JI, and to really be able to try and enjoy a stress free lifestyle.  One of our favorite things about JI was that there were no corporate food chains or grocery stores.  In our opinion the island is in wonderful balance (other than no inhabitants at all) with nature.  How can you really call it a "state park" if you develop all of that stuff and run out the wildlife?  Develop in a city that already has space, like Brunswick.  Use buildings that are not occupied at this time.  That is our opinion.  We, as a society, need to learn when to stop.  Take a step back, and take a deep breath of the wonderful air on Jekyll Island, and you, and anyone, will see that adding more is overkill, in the most literal sense.
       Thank you so much for your time, and for your consideration of public opinion on this topic.
Chris, Beka and Briggs Poss, Athens, GA

Jekyll needs to remain pure for the environment.  This year the island saw an increase in sea turtle nests.  The proposed developments would ruin the life long task to increase the sea turtle population.  We, the state of Georgia, do not need another St. Simmons or Hilton Head.  Keep the island beautiful, affordable, and available to the public.  The working class deserves a place to visit.  The elite have enough vacation options and resources. 
Chris Ferland,  Bogart, GA

       I'll be interested in seeing what Linger Longer's new proposal looks like. Things I would like to see would be preservation of the current public parking, the new convention center built in the footprint of the current center and maybe a few more dining options either on the beach (as part of the new convention center) or near by. And a reasonable shopping center to meet the needs of Island residents and visitors.
      As for the lodging, in my opinion, what is needed is more economy and mid range lodging options - preferably with rates lower than what was in the survey - for the mid island area and maybe one upscale hotel attached to the current convention center. Those who must have high end or luxury accommodations already have St. Simons and Sea Islands within Glynn County to meet their needs.
      Oh, yeah and NO CONDOS. Keep JI for the average citizen of GA, not the elites.
      Paul  DiGianfrancesco, Brunswick, GA

      There already exists plenty of developed beach access for anybody who wants to stay in a room on the ocean.  We need to preserve as much area as possible in its natural state for long term preservation of the coast.  It means we are planning for the future rather than wanting to profit as quickly as possible.  We need to look at the best long term conditions for all life on the coast. 
     John P.Walsh, Decatur, GA

     I support affordable hotels so that people of all income levels may enjoy Jekyll Island.  I believe to do this is to support the "plain people of Georgia" which is what Governor Thompson intended when he purchased Jekyll Island as a state park for the people of Georgia.  I am strongly against a condo environment which would destroy Jekyll and turn it into Panama City (which is a place I have no desire to visit).
     Brandon Smith, Sharpsburg, GA

     My family and I have enjoyed the beauty, solitude, and nature of Jekyll Island for our past three annual vacations.  I wish we had discovered it sooner.  Turning this beautiful island into another Myrtle Beach, or Saint Simon's Island would be a travesty. There are quite a few of us out here that long for and appreciate the quiet beauty of uncongested streets, parking lots and beaches. Let the party people have Saint Simon's. Families like ours need a quiet, natural, beautiful, affordable place to enjoy the ocean and its wonders. It breaks my heart to think that Jekyll may soon be counted among the commercialized, exploited, noisy, run-of-the-mill beaches on the East Coast. I, for one, will stand up and say, "No!" to the commercialization of Jekyll.
     Paula

     We believe that the beauty, peace, environmental significance, and laws governing the protected status of Jekyll Island are slowly being undermined by those determined to reap financial reward rather than revitalize those areas that clearly could use an upgrade.  The island must remain a state park for all people who wish to enjoy all it has to offer.
     Jean & Larry Wickline, Clarkesville, GA

     Want to know where and how we can be most effective in stopping this development of a "village?" Who should we write letters to? When should we go to the legislature here in Atlanta to protest? We would like to do whatever we can to STOP this development from proceeding. We are living in Atlanta, but consider Jekyll our primary vacation destination for 20 plus years. WE LIKE IT AS IT IS!!
     Phyllis Hawkins, Atlanta, GA

     I would like to see better accommodations at JI.  I was there for a conference this past spring and I was livid with the facility where I was staying.  Other conferencees had negative remarks as well about where they were staying.  If and when COMO goes back to JI, I will book a room in Brunswick and drive over each day.
     Beth Shoemaker, Dublin, GA

    Jekyll Island is unlike any other place in the US. Every other beach community is exactly like the next. Overdeveloped, overpriced, overcrowded. Jekyll Island is very special. Please don't let it turn into St. Simons, Amelia ,Fernandina, 
    Robert and Christina Bridges, Woodstock, GA

    Save this sanctuary.  The charm of Jekyll arises from its undeveloped natural state.  Let the condo developers in and in will be off limits to blue collar citizens with children.  Development also brings in crime, drugs and a sordid side of nightlife.
Keep Jekyll clean for the wildlife and our future generations of children.
    Betty Steverson, Nicholls, GA

    I have witnessed what proposed upscaling has done to Panama City Beach, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach.  Jekyll Island is a place I have frequented for over 50 years because of the relaxed, slower pace and absence of the frenzied environment of the aforementioned resort areas. In this hectic work-a-day world the preservation of places like Jekyll Island and its protection from over development is essential to maintaining sanity in our increasingly insane society.
    Dr. Timothy A.  Currie, Leary, GA

   The project seems very elaborate to me. Over-kill if you will. Isn't there a way to update say for instance the conference center without turning this beautiful island into a tourist trap? Nature lovers come to Jekyll Island. Not people who want the usual fare.
    Kerri Carter, Macon, GA

      In reference to item 7, I feel that the miniature golf course and adjoining children's playground are integral parts to the experience and should be kept in the plan.  The location could be integrated into the design and even improved upon.
     In reference to item 11, I feel that current design and construction technology allows the development to occur and maintain the sensitive environments necessary for the wildlife that exists there.
    Doug Estes, Atlanta, GA

    Absolutely "NO" to rerouting Beachview Drive.  This is the longest, prettiest stretch of beach that most people can see.  Keep it!
    Judson McCranie, Brunswick, GA

    We are TOTALLY dedicated to the principle of Jekyll Island remaining accessible and affordable to the average citizen. Improvements are needed -- but careful planning and implementation of plans MUST include the preservation of environmental factors such as wildlife, flora, fauna, nesting sites, etc. Much time, effort, and expenses have resulted in the preservation of Jekyll Island which, when compared to other coastal locations, reflects dedication and determination that "our jewel" NOT become a "concrete jungle" with the overflow of buildings and the resulting negative environmental situations e.g. hustle/bustle, noisy, traffic-congested sites such as Hilton Head, Tybee Island, and even St. Simons. Many visitors to the aforementioned "vacation spots" have vowed that they will NEVER set foot on these desecrated, nerve-wracking areas. Many of the residents who live in these areas year-round sadly shake their heads while questioning "why didn't we block the negative, money-hungry investors who, slowly but surely, made our environment incredibly horrific?" 
    As such, we vow to do all we can to support the premise of no more than 35% of Jekyll Island set aside for hotels, eateries, convention center, etc. The remaining 65% should remain as is, with concern for a peaceful, serene abode for squirrels, deer, etc. as well as providing sanctuaries for sea turtles, etc. Much effort has been ongoing to preserve former "Millionaire’s cottages" and other historic sites such as the Horton residence, the DuBignon cemetery, and the wharf. The pleasures of bicycling around the Island on the designated paths are overwhelming!! The 4-H "center," the putt-putt course as well as the water theme-park are enjoyable/educational designations for our youth.
    Howard and Ellene Graves, Milledgeville, GA

    Jekyll Island has always been a very beautiful and affordable area to visit and vacation.  Why does everyone believe that you have to have all of the latest and greatest amenities to attract visitors?  Sure, the hotel rooms existing on the island may need some refurbishing, but let’s keep the charm of the older hotels.  Believe it or not some of us actually like the 50s, 60s, and 70s style hotels, and really miss the ones that have been destroyed in Florida to make room for more generic looking condo high rises.  I really don't think you will attract that many more (new) visitors to the island, just because you have all the fancy new hotels etc.
    It’s a shame that these days it’s all about the money!
    Rick Gore, Canton, GA

    I am a Georgia citizen.  The reason that I love to visit Jekyll is because of the wide expanse of beaches that are unmarred by development.  I love the huge public parking lots that provide access to the beach.  I love the putt-putt golf course and playground near the beach.  The section of Jekyll that the LLC is planning to "revitalize" is the heart of Jekyll, the part that I love so much.
    Let them redevelop the current facilities!  I feel that upgrades are necessary--new hotels/motels and a convention center to replace what is there, but not the huge, devastating plan that LLC is proposing.  The current plan looks like PROFIT, PROFIT, PROFIT for the development company, but at the expense of Georgia's citizens.
    What Jekyll needs is improvement to the structures and facilities already in place.  There is a real need for better picnic areas, better parking at picnic facilities (for school buses, etc.), and more park areas.  People visit Jekyll because it is not overdeveloped.  If the current motels/hotels were improved, visitation would greatly increase.  I support revitalization, but not the current plan!
    Melanie Howard, Baxley, GA

    I have been a visitor to Jekyll Island since childhood and would hate to see any more development of this wonderful and peaceful place. The developers are planning another Panama City Beach for all of our Golden Isles and it's a damned shame.  Shame on the Republicans for craving more sleazy money over a real paradise that's already a treasure to us all.
    Michael A. Chancey, Fayetteville, GA

     I wasn't sure if I fully understood the last three questions, so I figured I'd make myself clear now. I think the entire island should stay as it is. It is beautiful, affordable, and I love it. I go down once a year with my family and we stay for a week in one of the vacation rental houses. It's always the week following Memorial Day. I love it just as it is now. The open parking lots make it easy to find a good spot to park to get to the beach, and the mini golf is one of our traditions when we go down. Beachview Drive is perfectly situated so that when you're driving you can see the sunrise over the ocean if you time it right, and throughout the rest of the day it is beautiful as well. I really hope and pray the island doesn't change. If it does, and everything goes up in price I won't be able to afford to go. Even if I could afford it, it wouldn't be the same, and it would simply be a big disappointment.
    Timothy Richardson, Elberton, GA

    I do not get to the Golden Islands often but when I do I almost do not recognize St. Simons or Brunswick because of all the new development- the Emiline and the Hessie was a favorite-no more- new development chased it right out of business...like our oil and corporate economy, new development only benefits the rich and strips the good from us who are left. 
    I am all for growth and changes they are the only two constants in life, except for death
and taxes...but all change needs managing!
    Keep Jekyll a people’s park!
    Linda McKinnie, Stone Mountain, GA

    There will come a day when so little undeveloped or lightly developed ocean-front land remains, especially land that is accessible to all of us, that Georgia will be very proud of our precious barrier islands.  And we will be proud of ourselves for having the foresight to protect and preserve them.  So few of our elected officials seem interested in being guardians of this wondrous, God-given land of ours that we will just have to work harder ourselves.  Thank you IPJI for fighting the good fight.
    Terry and Nancy Bramblett, Alpharetta, GA

    I believe an increase in visitor numbers will NOT hurt the Island and its treasures if it is managed properly. An increase in visitors is vital to Georgia's treasure being known around the world, and hopefully visited by them. The room numbers being discussed in this survey seem to be very well planned out. If there is going to be a convention center, you will need the housing to support that convention center. 750 rooms will not be sufficient to create a convention center that will be widely utilized. Especially if over half the rooms are priced so high.
    Dan R. Roberts, Woodstock, GA

    The Governor and the JIA claim Jekyll needs massive development to attract the tourists. That's not true.  So what is Jekyll Island's attraction for tourists? 
    Well, they don't come here looking for palm tree lined drives with name brand luxury golf resorts and million dollar time share condominiums on sugar white, life-free, sanitized sands --- that stuff is man-made, and you can get it elsewhere.  What Jekyll has is the genuine article.  People come from all over the world to Jekyll Island to see the great Loggerheads and Leatherbacks, to see dunes as God made them, to see Sydney Lanier's living, breathing life-sustaining Marshes of Glynn.  They come to wander the maritime forest, environmentally pristine, with its native flora and fauna running unchecked all over the place, coons, deer, gators, and marsh rabbits.  They come here to swim, walk and climb all over Driftwood Beach --- some even get married there ---just as it is: awesome, primitive, unchecked, untrimmed, one of those few, cherished unspoiled places along the Georgia Coast that you won't find in places that have been "developed to their full potential."  People come to Jekyll so that they can be a part of the earth and the sea as it used to be before every last acre had to turn mega profits for the state and private developers.
    Tourists --- and Georgia residents --- come here because there is a bit of paradise still left on Jekyll Island.  It is still here because of some people whose hard work and courage is equal to their vision.  One person, Ed Boshears, on the Jekyll Island Board, recognizes this island's value in the overall Georgia tourist picture.  A small number of exceptional public servants are putting their political careers on the line for Jekyll Island.  First and foremost, there is Senator Chapman, who has led the fight in the Georgia Senate, joined by Representative Buckner and a handful of others in the Georgia State House.  The Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island, led by David and Mindy Egan, www.savejekyllisland.org, has fought with extraordinary dedication and energy to stop the massive drive to pave paradise and put up a $352 million, 62-acre pile.  If Jekyll Island is still Georgia's Jewel when all of our grands and great-grands are born, they will owe a huge debt of gratitude to these courageous people.
    Mimi Waite, St. Simons Island, GA

    I want my Jekyll just the way it is right now.  It's just fine, and there's no need for any more development whatsoever.  Most anything one needs can be had at any of the island's stores, or available in Brunswick...it won't kill anybody to go back to town, so there's no need for any revitalization.  More housing means nothing but more damage to the environment there, and there's been enough of that already.
    When I come to the end of the causeway, I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANYTHING BUT OCEAN !!!!!  Is that so hard to understand?  Either leave the current convention center where it is, or tear it down and restore the beach.  But leave the public parking lots right where they are, maybe only repaving them at the worst.  That's MY IDEA of renovation...LOL
    What I would propose, is restoring the shopping center to its original beauty, by making any repairs necessary, updating any wiring or structure defects, and/or other needs, so as to preserve what is there, but NO MORE.  WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' CONDOS!!!
    Let's spend any money on upgrades, if needed, for the fire department, and other JIA facilities.  Let's put a little effort into wildlife habitat preservation. 
    There is NO NEED to transform Jekyll into what would ultimately become another St. Simon's.  SSI has become nothing but a rich-boy's extension of Brunswick, and it's nothing but a traffic nightmare over there.  Jekyll was and IS a STATE PARK, and it should stay that way.  Folks come from all over to GET AWAY FROM all the commercial overdevelopment, and want to get back to the simple life.  If Jerry is so concerned, let him read THIS, and grow a brain.
    I think we should GET RID OF alot of the newer developments on the Island, and restore the natural wildlife habitat that once was.  YES, I'm concerned for the Sea Turtle, and my grandparents were once supporters of the Sea Turtle exhibit when the concept was in its infancy in the 70's.  They would be beaming with pride nowadays, and there is a brick honoring them along the walkway to the exhibit. 
    More traffic, which would surely come with more development, will pose an even greater risk to the sea turtles, because there is frequent SPEEDING along the causeway, and folks don't seem to care whether or not they run over a turtle, and I hardly see GSP out there running radar, something that really needs to be done.  45 does not mean 70!!!  But people do it.
    Oh, and what about the sand dunes and sea oats?  Doesn't THAT matter anymore? 
    Oh well, this is repugnikans at work...we shouldn't expect any less.  I guess Jekyll lovers will soon have to relocate to Cumberland??  
    Paul Hause, Acworth, GA  

    The only reason we visit Jekyll is because of the unspoiled areas. It's a long drive. There are other beaches that are closer, but their development keeps us away. If Jekyll is redeveloped as described, we will no longer visit.
    Daryl Pulis, Alpharetta, GA

       My family began vesting Jekyll Island back in the mid-1980's.  Since that first visit, it has become the primary affordable vacation/beach location we go to. I would also like to mention that we travel 8-9 hours from out of state to reach it.  I've visited other vacation areas along the Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and even the Pacific but I find I'm always comparing them to and finding them short of Jekyll.
      I believe that the essence of Jekyll's allure lies in its underdeveloped, affordable state.  It is truly a park in the sense of the word "park"- a natural, accessible and undeveloped area where the visitor can find relative quiet and privacy.  I live just a short drive away from the most-visited park in the state of Tennessee as well as the 2nd or 3rd most visited in the nation- The Smoky Mountains National Park.  Please believe me when I say that it is the furthest thing from a "park" that you can find. If a visitor wishes for the "heavy-cash" retail vacation, focused upon numerous activities diverting attention from the natural resources which drew them thither in the first place, that visitor would best be served frequenting this type of location.
      Development is so intense that the motels, condos and tourist attractions block the view of the actual mountains people come to see.  Traffic is irritating, lengthy and pollutive to the very forests widely advertised.  I dare say many of the visitors to the mega-developed towns along the park border never actually enter the park or hike its trails.  They are absorbed in the vapid, retail-heavy attractions along the way. This must not be allowed to take a foothold in Jekyll.
      This is not to say that some "revitalization" of existing structures in Jekyll would not be appreciated. Updating existing amenities could help with the overall appearance as well as diminishing ecological impact upon the area.  It is just important to remember in all actions to retain the natural, primitive scope of the area.
     A jewel finds its worth in beauty and most importantly, rarity.  The less available a gem; the higher its value.  That is why Jekyll is indeed a true jewel of the state.  It is rare in its natural wildness, in its privacy and seclusion.  And paradoxically it is financially accessible to large number of hard-working constituents - a true scarcity in this age. Don't let this precious gem be bought-up by the affluent, as so many jewels are, and kept away from the very citizens of the state whose taxes wrought, cut and polished it to so brilliant a hue.  
     Alfred Ludwig, Knoxville, TN



    Please don't change Jekyll Island!  I love it just the way it is!  My girlfriend and I vacation down there every chance we get.  What is the point of driving all that way just to see another overbuilt resort?  Keep it natural!
    Ryan Hance, Alexandria VA

    A dear friend invited my husband and me to visit Jekyll Island last year for a week's vacation. Having been a childhood visitor to your island since the age of ten, my friend was adamant that a visit would be a wonderful experience. Skeptical at first about spending a week on an island with only one grocery store and very little in the form of "modern entertainment", we still agreed to go and satisfy our curiosity.
    Our visit lest us very taken with the beauty and simple charm of the entire island. We returned this year for another week and were drawn even more to the peaceful atmosphere and calm demeanor that permeates the land. I honestly felt as though my blood pressure was dropping a little bit every day. What a relief to stay in an area where everything around you actually promotes a calmer and less frantic lifestyle.
    My husband and I are both very supportive with efforts to maintain Jekyll Island with minimal development. It's beautiful and very peaceful just as it is; a rare place to be treasured and not sacrificed for the sake of business profits. We're already making plans to return next year and hope to find everything just as we left it... clean, peaceful and a welcome retreat for somewhat weary and very overworked people. 
    Janice Conner, Fletcher, NC

    I have vacationed on Jekyll Island w/ my family for the last 25+ years, as a child and now with my own friends and family.   And do you know why we love Jekyll?   The wonderful beaches, the beautiful rental homes (and they are affordable) and the peace and tranquility you get while visiting Jekyll.   If I want huge crowds and endless entertainment, then I will go to Myrtle or Daytona.  Please do not ruin the quiet atmosphere many people seek and find while on Jekyll Island.
    Amy Cokder Dills, Hendersonville, NC

    We have been coming to vacation on Jekyll Island for 10 8 years now. My family of 6 kids ranging from 21 to 11 just love it. It's peaceful, affordable and just beautiful. The reason we come there is because it is so undeveloped. 
The development plan will only lead to the demise of the island. There is plenty of space in Brunswick and St. Simons for development that will still bring visitors to spend money!!!
    Terrance M. Spilker, Parma, OH

    I am a professor at a university in Mississippi.  One of the organizations that I belong to annually hosts a conference on Jekyll Island.  This has drawn my family there for a combination of business and vacation in five or the last six years.  The only year we did not come was last year since the conference moved to St. Simon Island. 
    To me, Jekyll Island is one of the most beautiful spots in this country.  As a matter of fact, we were looking closely at some of the homes for sale this year, thinking about making the purchase in order to move to the island in the next few years.  However, after hearing of this development, I will postpone those ideas until this is settled.  The ideas being proposed will destroy what is good about this island.  Does the State of Georgia want to turn Jekyll Island into another St. Simon's?  If so, then this is an excellent plan.  However, if they would like to keep the island natural for families to come and enjoy for generations to come, then these ideas must be defeated.
   Thank you and please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist in defeating this proposal.
    Mark and Janet Binkley, Starkville, MS

    A PEOPLE’S STATE PARK DOES NOT NEED TO BECOME A CONDO VILLAGE LIKE IT SOUNDS LIKE MAY HAPPEN. OUR FAMILY HAS VACATIONED ON JEKYLL FOR 13 OF THE PAST 15 YEARS AND THE ONE THING THAT IS SO APPEALING TO US IS THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND THE CALMNESS OF THE LAND AND PEOPLE.  I FEEL THAT THE TWO PROPOSED AREAS FOR RECONSTRUCTION (THE OLD BUCCANEER & HOLIDAY INN PROPERTY) ALONG WITH ANOTHER COMPLEX OF SOME SORT ON THE OLD RAMADA PROPERTY WOULD MORE THAN COVER JEKYLL'S NEEDS FOR REVITALIZATION FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.  I DO AGREE THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A NEW SHOPPING CENTER & TOWN SQUARE COMPLEX SOMEWHERE ON THE ISLAND.  WITH JEKYLL'S 3 OUTSTANDING 18 HOLE GOLF COURSES, MAYBE THERE NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERATION TO TAKE THE PRESENT DAY LAND OF THE OCEAN SIDE 9 HOLE COURSE AND INCORPORATE THAT IN TO A SHOPPING/TOWN SQUARE COMPLEX.  IT WOULD STILL BE ACROSS BEACHVIEW DRIVE BUT YET NOT INTERFERE WITH ANY PRESENT DAY OCEANFRONT PROPERTY.  I REALLY QUESTION WHETHER THERE NEEDS TO BE ANOTHER CONVENTION CENTER BUILT ON THE ISLAND.  THE PRESENT DAY CONVENTION CENTER SEEMS MORE THAN ADEQUATE FOR MOST OF THE YEARLY ACTIVITIES WITH MAYBE ONLY SOME SLIGHT RENOVATIONS TO THE EXISTING STRUCTURE.  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR WONDERFUL LITTLE ISLAND.  
    GENE JOHNSON, ASHEVILLE, NC

    Anything that obstructs the view of the ocean as visitors come on to the island would be a horrible addition to the atmosphere of the island.  If it is truly supposed to be a park, then the proposed town center idea, especially if it includes condos, time shares, etc., is completely contrary to the original intent of those who preserved the island for the public.  If the miniature golf site and playground area are eliminated, what (affordable) is left for families to do in the evening when they visit?  I do not have kids, but I think this would be a great loss for the children.
    My husband and I first visited the island two years ago when we got married and absolutely fell in love with it, as it was.  We returned last year just before we received word that my husband had cancer.  We were afraid of such a diagnosis, and our visit to the island was all the more special because we feared we might not be able to return again together.  Thankfully, we will be able to spend time on the island this summer, but now our fear is that it may be the last time we will be able to see the island in its relatively unspoiled state.  We have seen Myrtle Beach, SC and St. Simons Island become overrun with tourists and huge resort-style hotels -- eyesores that completely block the view of and access to the beach.
    Please, don't allow this to happen on Jekyll.
    Julie Hornick & Dennis Williams, Summerville, SC

    I'm from out of state (Virginia), but I have just returned from my first vacation on Jekyll Island.  I fell in love with this island and especially the fact that it is quiet, clean, and full of warm people.  I especially loved the obvious concern for the wildlife and the abundance of bike/walking trails and accessible public beaches.  Please maintain your efforts to keep this island the way it is and don't turn it into just another crowded tourist beach. Also, please try to keep accommodations affordable for the average person; otherwise, I'm afraid I may never be able to visit this wonderful island again.
    Catana L. Turner, Wise, VA

     The only change I would recommend for Jekyll Island is more variety of restaurants for example a sub shop.  I understand that maybe a McDonalds would change the feel of the island but could a beach shack type restaurant that sales We always vacation there and enjoy being able to safely ride bikes on the roads and bike trails with our young children.  If more hotels were built and condos it would destroy the island.  We would not return or recommend it to others to vacation or buy a condo or home there.
    Crystal Thomas, Lexington, KY

I am 9 years old and I care about Jekyll Island. First all, I don't like the changes because the proposed changes would ruin the beach areas in Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island is our favorite vacation spot and what I also like about it is the great bike paths and low level traffic. If there are more tourists in the area, then that would mean more traffic and it would be unsafe for families, children and even sea turtles. There would be fewer trees and that would mean less oxygen. Also the more people you have on the island, the more you have crime in the area. And also the elimination of free parking eliminates accessibility for locals.  I am against the changes in Jekyll Island. True, a few select individuals stand to get rich from the growth but everyone else loses and you can't get original 
Chris Thomas, Lexington, KY

    With any new development on J.I. the island would be ruined. Just because a greedy developer wants to get rich is no excuse for development. The state of Georgia should be ashamed of themselves even thinking about any development. What is wrong with them, are they just as greedy. Why should politics get involved with the ecology of our environment? It takes centuries to make this barrier island and a hungry, greedy developer wants to destroy it? What is wrong with our government? This island should remain pristine and let the general public enjoy the beaches without having to spend a lot of money. Let the people enjoy it as is. The money hungry developers need to go else where. Do they have any conscious?
    Mary K. Eargle & Frank Eargle, Irmo, SC

     It is shocking to believe that the TSC proposal is being considered.  Georgia is blessed to have a place like Jekyll.  It is unlike any other place I have ever been.  We have vacationed there for nearly 10 years and hope to continue visiting for at least another five decades.  The TSC concept would make Jekyll just another typical overly developed beach and would rob it of its uniqueness.  Please save this slice of heaven before it is too late.
    Pierce McNair, Columbia, SC

    WE LOVED JEKYLL ISLAND.  WE LOVED THAT IT WAS NOT COMMERCIALZED AND IT WASN'T A CEMENT PLAYGROUND.  THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THIS ISLAND IS UNHEARD OF IN THIS DAY WHERE EVERYTHING IS TORN DOWN...TREES, NATURAL PRESERVATIONS..ETC.  TO PUT UP CONDO'S APARTMENTS...SHOPPING CENTER...ETC.
ASK THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE....DON'T THEY COUNT?? DO THEY WANT ALL THIS DEVELOPMENT IN THEIR HABITAT??  THIS PLACE IS SO UNIQUE AND SHOULD NOT BE TOUCHED BY THE CORPORATE AMERICA THAT STEALS ALL THAT IS GOOD AROUND HERE....JUST TO MAKE A DOLLAR....BILLION THAT IS!   WE LIVE MODESTLY AND WE ARE NOT RICH.....WE WILL RETURN TO JEKYLL ISLAND AGAIN AND GAIN.  HOWEVER IF THEY BUILD IT UP, WE WILL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER UNIQUE
PLACE TO SPEND OUT MONEY AT......!!    LEAVE THIS PLACE ALONE!!  IT
IS A NATURAL BEAUTY, UNLIKE ANYWHERE I'VE EVER BEEN. GO TAKE YOUR PLANS AND GO TO FLORIDA WHERE IT'S BUILT UP ALREADY.....THANK YOU AND PLEASE, FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE THIS PLACE THE WAY IT IS, LEAVE IT ALONE!!!!!
    MELISSA MARANO, PARMA, OH

    I visited Jekyll Island for the first time and fell in love.  I can't imagine changing it in any way.  The beaches were clean and not crowded at all.  The charm and grace of the island were like no other beach I have been to.  I plan and look forward to visiting Jekyll many times a year for many many years to come.  Please keep in mind that I will be spending thousands of dollars at Jekyll when I come.  If the island changes I may be forced to vacation elsewhere, maybe in my own state of South Carolina.  If there is anything I can do or any questions I can answer please do not hesitate to contact me. 
    Pamela Grandy, Warrenville, SC

     Our family has been coming to Jekyll for 38 years, with 30 of us on Jekyll for week ending 7/12/2008. While it is agreed that updating and renovation is needed for much of the facilities on Jekyll, we also have serious doubts on doing those in such a way to make it unaffordable to the masses. There must be a balance and a compromise that can be reached. Some upscale housing needs to be available, hotels need to be built, shopping areas need to be increased, but the integrity of the island must be maintained at all costs.
etc. We come here every year for two things. SERENTY and the UNSPOILED ENVIRONMENT. LEAVE IT ALONE PLEASE.
    David Palko, Germantown, TN

The Dunes Golf course should be kept open. My wife and I are 3 month members of the Dunes and would hate to see it destroyed.  I like the Island the way it is now. Just rebuild the Hotels that were torn down.
    James A. Willwerth, Westborough , MA

Just got home from Georgia's jewel. Thanks Mindy the beach at the other end was really nice.  Used miniature golf and visited the turtle center.  Got there Saturday 3p and left Monday 10 -- too short, need a week at least.  Really enjoyed the environmental aspects of the island and the lack of commercialization.  The pollution alone from all the new citizens of Jekyll will kill its attraction within 2 years.  All the old stuff needs a makeover and some of the beaches need rebuilding by the army corps of engineers as they do in NY.  If they need to build a new convention center, build it as a same sq ft 2 story storm shelter with less glass and raised to withstand 15 ft floodwaters and 100+ mph winds so the citizens of Georgia can get good use of it too.  Then it’s worth it if GA. puts some money into it.  Keep the big parking to accommodate both convention goers and beach goers.  Something to think about: everyday 5000 gals of wastewater is being flushed thru these "new" living units. Where's it going?         
    Every commenter we've read speaking of Jekyll island always says they keep returning only for the natural beauty of the place, even those not necessarily aware of these plans.  We feel the same way and will continue spending six hundred dollars a year at Jekyll as long as it remains very much the way it is.
    Christopher and Antoinette Wilson, E. Rockaway, NY

    I grew up going to Jekyll Island and still take my family there each year sometimes 2-3 times per year.  As a middle income family, the cost of lodging on the island is already at a max for my family adding the newer units at even higher rates would not be affordable; we currently utilize the campgrounds when we come.  With the increase in people on the island, would come a change in the atmosphere that we so dearly love about this island.  We continue to choose Jekyll Island because of its slow pace and quite atmosphere.  If I want to be surrounded by crowds and high cost, I go to St. Simon's Island or Panama City.
    Terri L. Martin, Clarksville, TN

    I just returned home to Fort Lauderdale from another lovely relaxing week at Jekyll.  Have been a consistent serial visitor to the Island since I was a child in 1961, and have loved every minute I have spent there, and always hated leaving my beloved Jekyll Island.  It has been effectively protected over the years by those diligent stewards who were loyal to the original intent of the grantors: for the island to remain a set-aside, nondeveloped, relaxed, natural family-friendly vacation spot, apart from the ills of the mainland, a real retreat and a natural escape from commercialism.  It would break my heart to see this proposed development come to pass.  My parents loved Jekyll, my brother and sister and I have kept returning, playing golf, swimming, appreciating, and bringing our friends, spouses, and children.  The world does not need another Hilton Head; it needs Jekyll to remain as it always has been. 
    The deer that was outside my motel window last Tuesday at 4:30 a.m. was doing just as deer have for generations, hundreds of years if not a thousand, and it hurts my heart that this special natural scene, repeated quietly over the years with the gracious protection of those who are stewards of the island, will be forever disrupted and disturbed by just another urbane, everyday, common commercial enterprise.  Only the developers will truly benefit, and only financially; the State and the public will lose much more than would be gained.  I would remind all concerned to consider the intent of the gift to the public in its broadest sense, and not allow its sacrifice to ANY commercial development.
    Priscilla Smith, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been coming to Jekyll since I was a kid, over forty years ago. We have tried Hilton Head, Myrtle and many other beach destinations but we keep coming back to Jekyll because it’s comforting to know that some things in life don’t have to change and remain affordable. We will be coming back this summer for two weeks this time. We couldn’t afford two weeks in some of those other destinations. Thanks Jekyll!
   Doug and Becky Barnett, Blountville, TN


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