Adding 12 acres to the Jekyll Island Campground in Jekyll Island, Ga., is no small doing, according to The Brunswick News.

The Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) board reviewed Tuesday (Oct. 15) an amendment to its master plan and began taking concrete steps toward expansion after years of talk. The plans have already been in the works for six years and received the OK from former Gov. Nathan Deal in 2014.

“As a matter of fact, in the 1996 master plan, there was discussion and some engineering studies that were looked at as far as expansion of the campground,” JIA Executive Director Jones Hooks said.

The expansion includes an area of land more or less directly east and adjoining the present campground, which, once integrated into the whole, will put the campground at around 36.7 acres total.

According to documentation on the necessity of the expansion, “With occupancy rates averaging better than 80% and future demand, (these factors) have proven an expansion of the campground is beyond necessary and would offer more opportunities for Georgians and others to enjoy Jekyll Island.

“Earlier in 2019, the JIA engaged a consulting team to review expansion options which have existed prior to 2010,” the documentation continues. “A final master plan has been completed for the 12-acre expansion equaling 54 campsites and facility improvements that would result in a better overall customer experience and greater return on overall investment than the marginal year-over-year revenues from the existing camping facility.”

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