SHOULD A MOTORIZED BEACH SERVICES BUSINESS
BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE ON JEKYLL ISLAND'S BEACH?
The recently opened Jekyll Westin Hotel has received permission from the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) and Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to operate a motorized 'beach services' rental business on Jekyll's beach on a one-year trial basis.
The beach amenities, which consist of chairs, umbrellas and tables that are stored near the Jekyll Island Museum, are being transported back and forth to the beach in front of the Westin by a towed flat-bed trailer that enters the beach from an access point near Great Dunes Park, which is about a half-mile north of the Westin.
If you have an opinion about a private motorized vehicle being allowed on Jekyll’s beach for the purpose of conducting a for-profit commercial venture, please click here for a brief survey on this important issue and to share it with the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island State Park. Also, please forward IPJI's survey to others who might be interested in this issue.
Survey results will be shared with the General Manager of the Jekyll Westin Hotel, the JIA and the DNR.
Please note that public opinion will play a role in determining the future of the Westin’s motorized beach services, which, as noted above, have been approved on a temporary basis.
To read the Westin's case for providing motorized beach services, click here. To read IPJI’s position on the Westin’s motorized beach services, click here.