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POSTED: September 6, 2010 2:16 p.m.
The Jekyll Island Conservation Planning Committee is hosting a public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 8, in their efforts to attain valuable feedback for the development of their Conservation Plan.
The meeting will be held on the island at McCormick’s Grill, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This meeting marks the first in a series designed to encourage dialogue between the committee and the interested public.
“Because this is such a critical platform, engaging the public is the first step our committee is taking,” said Dr. Terry Norton, leader of the Conservation Committee and director of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. “We want to make sure the public’s voice is heard within this plan.”
AECOM Technical Services Inc., a global leader in providing integrated professional technical and management support services, is teaming up with the committee to aid in the development of the Conservation Plan.
The objective of the Conservation Plan is to complete a design and develop a framework and content that will serve as a valuable management tool in protecting and enhancing Jekyll Island’s natural areas.
“The Conservation Plan is a key policy initiative,” stated Jekyll Island Authority board member and Conservation/Preservation Committee chairman Richard Royal. “I’m pleased to have active involvement from the public and the conservation community. This will make the plan that much better.”
It is mandatory that 65 percent of the island remain undeveloped, for this reason, every aspect of the revitalization is carefully analyzed by the Jekyll Island Authority and its Board of Directors to ensure that each development site keeps to the set guidelines and ordinances.
Jekyll Island’s Conservation Plan is anticipated to be completed by the beginning of next year.
 

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