Protection of Jekyll Island’s Main Public Beach
Wins National Recognition

The Surfrider Foundation, which is a non-profit grassroots organization consisting of more than 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide, works on a diverse set of coastal problems ranging from water quality, to wetlands protection, to coastal access, and protection of surfing areas. Four year ago, Surfrider adopted a strategic plan that includes the goal of achieving 150 “coastal victories” by the end of 2010, with a “coastal victory” being defined as “a decision made in favor of the coastal and ocean environment that results in a positive conservation outcome, improves coastal access, or both.”

Below is a link to the Surfrider Foundation’s 131 Coastal Victories since 2006. The protection of Jekyll Island’s main public beach from commercialization, which was achieved in 2008 with the help of thousands of IPJI’s supporters, is recorded as Coastal Victory #79.

IPJI thanks Surfrider’s Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter for its help in preserving public access to Jekyll Island’s signature beach, and applauds the Foundation for its continued effort to conserve coastal resources and keep the nation’s open beaches accessible to the general public. (scroll down the Surfrider page to read the account of the Jekyll victory).