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Report: Jekyll Island exceeded development limits

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By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A task force appointed to make recommendations about Jekyll Island's future says the coastal state park may have exceeded the legal limit to how much of its land can be developed.

The Jekyll Island Authority governs the island. It has asked Attorney General Sam Olens for a second opinion after the task force concluded officials for decades wrongly counted marsh when calculating the island's total acreage.

That's important because a 1971 state law restricts development on Jekyll Island to 35% of its land area. By excluding marsh, the task force concluded 38% of the island's acreage was developed.

Jekyll Island spokesman Eric Garvey says the state authority wants to know if the task force complied with state law before deciding to accept or reject its suggestions.

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