Jekyll Island Authority Board Votes to Increase Public Beach Access

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The Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) met this week for their monthly Board Meeting and reviewed a variety of items including a proposal to add additional public parking and beach access to the Jekyll Island Beach Village project.

The Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) met this week for their monthly Board Meeting and reviewed a variety of items including a proposal to add additional public parking and beach access to the Jekyll Island Beach Village project.

The proposal, which was developed internally by the Jekyll Island Authority executive team and included input from project architects HHCP, calls for an improved public beach access area that includes 131 parking spaces, family picnic pavilions, gazebo and restrooms with changing areas.

The project would in essence revitalize the existing beach deck and bathroom facility. Renderings created by HHCP show one of the planned enhancements, a Beach Pavilion restroom comprised of stucco, tabby stone and a standing seam metal roof which will be cultivated into the new area.

“Over the past year the Jekyll Island Authority has monitored the use of this property as well as the newly completed first phase of Great Dunes Park,” stated Jekyll Island Authority Board Chairman, Bob Krueger. “It is evident there is a need for more public beach access and this concept provides that in addition to making the entire beach Village plan better."

Originally when the Jekyll Island Beach Village site plan was developed, this parcel was reserved for possible future commercial development; possibly a third lodging facility. With the new proposal, the parcel allocates 1.45 acres to public space yet still reserves a 1.35 acre parcel for future possible development. This plan alteration has no affect on the two existing hotel projects for the Beach Village – the 135-room Hyatt Place and 200-room full service hotel – or the 48,000 sq. ft of planned retail. The new Jekyll Island Convention Center also is unaffected and remains on schedule for a spring 2012 opening.

“During various public hearings, the question was asked about keeping the current asphalt parking lot, beach crossovers and restrooms,” stated Krueger. “Instead of keeping the old, we have decided to build newer and nicer permanent facilities for families to enjoy one of Jekyll Island’s greatest assets, our breathtaking beach.”

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