Progress for protection is coming.
Protection of Jekyll Island’s pristine main beach received a legislative boost Thursday when the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee voted to keep the 1/2 mile stretch of sand development-free.
However, many legislative and political hurdles remain for those who want to prevent condos and hotel rooms from lining the beach near the entrance to the state park, as a developer proposes.
“Part of our coast is under attack right now,” said Rep. Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City), whose amendment to Senate Bill 367 passed 9-8. The coastal management measure “would keep open the only remaining beach on Georgia’s coast that citizens can drive up to.”