Jekyll Island open to the public, please let residents in first

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. --  Jekyll Island will move into Phase 2 of their re-entry plan. 

The public is now allowed onto the island. They ask that everyone allow Jekyll Island residents, homeowners, and businesses to return to the island first and give the crews time to complete storm clean up and power restoration before visiting. 

What to expect when you return:

Bridges
Georgia DOT has confirmed that the Jekyll Island Downing Musgrove Causeway bridges are safe to be traveled by the public.

Storm Debris
The teams from the Jekyll Island Authority, DNR Chainsaw Strike Force, and Georgia Department of Corrections have done an incredible job and cleared 90% of the roads on the Island. All homes and businesses are accessible, but you may experience detours. The bike paths on the west side of the island (marsh side) and the interior paths are impassable and are extremely dangerous. DO NOT attempt to navigate these paths at this time. The only bike paths that are open are the paths on the east side (oceanfront). We will continue to work diligently to clear the paths in the coming days. We cannot give updates on individual homes or businesses at this time.

Water & Sewer
Power has been restored to the Jekyll Island Water & Sewer plant, and the plant is fully functional. Only three of 20 lift stations are operational via permanent power at this time. JIA personnel will be manually operating those 17 lift stations on continuous generator power until permanent power is fully restored. There is NOT a boil-water advisory in effect for Jekyll Island.

Power
There are still power lines down on the island. Please use the upmost caution when you return. It is imperative that the power crews be allowed to work and should not be interrupted. Any questions about individual properties should be directed to Georgia Power at 888-660-5890. Power has been restored to a portion of the island, but there are areas that remain without power. We anticipate that Georgia Power crews will remain on-island during daylight hours until they fully restore power. Please check the Georgia Power outage map (http://outagemap.georgiapower.com ) for more information.

Safety & Security
Georgia State Patrol, Military Police, and Glynn County Sherriff’s Department teams are currently in place on Jekyll, and will continue to have an increased presence on the Island to ensure law and order until recovery is complete. The safety and security of the Island is our priority.

Curfew
Curfew will continue on Jekyll Island until further notice. Curfew begins at midnight through 5:00 a.m. During a curfew, it is prohibited for any person to appear in public in the territory subject to the curfew, including but not limited to, streets, highways, alleys, sidewalks, vacant lots, parks, public buildings or any other public places on Jekyll Island during the stated hours of the curfew.

Beach Crossovers
Roughly half of beach crossovers/accesses are damaged and should not be used at this time. If you see caution tape on a crossover DO NOT attempt to use it, you will be in extreme danger. The access paths for Driftwood Beach are not accessible at this time because of fallen trees and debris.

Gas
Flash Foods has been fully refueled and will begin sales at 8:00 a.m. October 10, 2016.

Cable and Phone
Please check with your service provider for updates on outages and restoration.

Closings
All Jekyll Island Authority administrative offices, shops, and amenities will remain closed through Tuesday, October 11. This is not a complete closings list, please contact island businesses directly for more information.
•     Jekyll Island Authority admin offices: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Jekyll Island Golf Club: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     McCormick’s Grill: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Georgia Sea Turtle Center: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Jekyll Island Museum & Museum properties: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Jekyll Island Mini Golf: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Jekyll Island Bike Barn: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Jekyll Island Tennis Center: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Jekyll Island Guest Information: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Jekyll Island Campground: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Jekyll Island Convention Center: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     Life is Good: closed through Tuesday, October 11
•     All public restrooms: closed until further notice
 


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