IPJI’s positon on the Westin’s beach services:
Private motorized vehicles should not be allowed to operate on Jekyll’s beach, particularly for the purpose of conducting a for-profit commercial venture.
Private vehicular traffic will negatively impact the serenity of Jekyll’s central beach, inconvenience beachgoers along the vehicle’s route, and set a disturbing precedent.
The Westin’s beach amenities should be stored on the hotel’s property and transported the beach by hand-cart on the dune crossover at the Westin, which consists of a short, gently sloping ramp.
The use of a Letter of Permission (LOP) by The Georgia Department of Natural Resource's to authorize the Westin's motorized beach services violates the intent and spirit of Georgia's Shore Protection Act.