Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (seated, right) and his wife Sandra are greeted by guests at the Jekyll Island rededication ceremony Monday, Nov. 16 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
Right: Representative Alex Atwood (left) took a moment to speak with newly appointed Jekyll Island Authority board member Bill Jones, III.
Islander Staff Photos - Shierling
|Jekyll Island rededicated to all Georgians
By Pamela Permar-Shierling
Jekyll Island celebrated a re-dedication last week which began Sunday, November 15 at the Beach Village Retail Shops and concluded Monday, November 16 at the river front.
Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal joined Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) Board members, Jekyll Island Foundation members, several local county commissioners, Mayor Cornell Harvey, Rep. Jeff Jones, Rep. Alex Atwood, and representatives from Rep. Buddy Carter’s office and Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office in the celebration.
“We are hear to celebrate the $195 million investment in Jekyll Island that has been made over the last five years,” said JIA Executive Director, Jones Hooks.
Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of economic development for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), spoke to the crowd about the $57 billion impact that tourism has on the state of Georgia.
“$840 per year per family is saved due to the tourism dollars spent in Georgia,” he said.
He pointed out Jekyll’s amenities including 10 miles of beach, maritime forest, the Sea Turtle Center, golf, tennis and now a new outdoor ice skating rink, which is in the construction process.
Richard Royal, chairman of the JIA, said the board takes the stewardship of Jekyll Island seriously.
“Jekyll is for all Georgians as well as our out of state visitors,” Royal said.
“We are thrilled with what the future holds for Jekyll Island,” he said and thanked all the local merchants for their investment in the Beach Village and Historic Village.
Gov. Deal described Jekyll Island as a “unique island paradise.”
He mentioned the history of Jekyll including the original Jekyll Island Club, the first transatlantic phone call and the 1947 purchase of Jekyll by the state of Georgia.
“Jekyll retains its original charm,” he said. “But it requires both public and private investment to preserve Jekyll and to make it available to everyone.”
Gov. Deal ended with reading the proclamation rededicating Jekyll.
“And, just as it was directed 68 years ago by the Office of the Governor and the Georgia General Assembly that Jekyll Island ever be accessible for all Georgia, we today continue to ensure this island remains a destination that all residents of our state may be able to visit and enjoy…
“So it is that I, Nathan Deal, 82nd governor of the great state of Georgia, today, publicly rededicate Jekyll Island to all the people of Georgia, for the perpetual enjoyment of citizens from throughout our historic Peach State.
“May Jekyll Island continue to be a source of great wonder and pleasure for every Georgian, near and far, as well as for those from beyond our borders for as long as the sun rises over its tranquil shores.”
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IPC approves one prelim plat; rejects one
By Matthew J. Permar
Glynn County’s Island Planning Commission (IPC) heard two preliminary plat applications during their meeting last week; one they approved, one they denied.
A small group of island residents were on hand to opposed both.
Tabby Place Phase II
The Tabby Place preliminary plat is for a 49-lot residential subdivision on the southeast corner of North Harrington Road and Harrington Lane. The property is zoned R-6 One-family Residential and owned by Vassa Cate and the Olde Plantation Group, LLC.
Community Development Director David Hainley said the preliminary plat meets all requirements, including two access roads that are now required for subdivisions with more than 25 lots.
This requirement was a recent ordinance change made at the request of the Glynn County Commission.
JWSC sues BOE for non-payment
By Matthew J. Permar
The Brunswick Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) filed a lawsuit against the Glynn County Board of Education (BOE) last week for refusing to pay a portion of their water bill.
The specific portion of the bill that has gone unpaid since September of last year is the ‘Debt Recovery’ charge.
The BOE owes $135,081 to the JWSC. Along with the overdue amount, the JWSC is seeking to collect late fees, interest and attorney’s fees in the suit.
The Debt Recovery portion of water bills is part of the base rate charged by the JWSC, according to JWSC officials.
The JWSC is required by its Operating Agreement with the City of Brunswick and Glynn County to charge the Debt Recovery fee. The charge is based on the portion of the system used by the rate payer.
The charge is calculated by a ‘Residential Equivalency Unit’ (REU) system.
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