Saturday, November 3, 2007

10/31 - An open letter to Jerry Keen concerning Jekyll

Date October 31, 2007
Section(s) Letters
The Brunswick News


I urge state Rep. Jerry Keen and the other members of the Legislative Oversight Committee to consider the great harm that will be done to Jekyll Island if the proposed redevelopment of the park takes place.

Mr. Keen, you do not need to take away our beloved ocean-front property, where everyone can see the ocean, to put up high priced condos.

A few years ago, the plan for Jekyll Island development was to build a hotel for the convention center, and rebuild the convention center, old hotels and shopping center. Before we could catch our breath, we had the Reynold's Co. proposing to build a small "city," taking with it a haven for wildlife and our oceanfront public parking lots.

Just six miles west of Jekyll Island is a massive project called Liberty Harbor, which includes abundant waterfront shopping, condominiums, hotels, meeting centers and restaurants.

Jekyll Island does not need to be a repeat of that. With all the growth in this area there will be an influx of people who will want to visit Jekyll Island because it is a state park with so much to offer.

The park needs renovated hotels, not more hotels and condos.

Enough is enough.

I feel it is your responsibility to preserve the affordability of Jekyll Island and its beauty, and to make sure its oceanfront remains accessible.

The position taken by our elected officials on this issue will determine the votes of many people come election time.

Sharon Harrington
Jekyll Island

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