JIA Adopts a New Master Plan for Jekyll Island State Park
On December 16th, the JIA Board of Directors adopted a new Master Plan for Jekyll Island State Park. Chief among the important features of the Master Plan is a proposal to replace of the long-standing state law restricting development to 35% of the land area of Jekyll Island that lies above water at mean high tide with a new statute limiting development to 1,675 acres, which is 78 acres larger than the existing footprint of the island's developed areas.
In justifying the proposed legislation, the Master Plan cites the inherent difficulty in accurately determining the percentage of Jekyll's vast tidal marshland that is above water at mean high tide and thus subject to the 65-35 formula. For insights into the nature of this problem, click here.
The negative impact of the public controversy regarding the JIA's application of the 65-35 law is also cited by the Master Plan as a reason for adopting a fixed acreage approach to limiting future development of Jekyll Island.