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JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed laws meant to clarify development regulations on a coastal Georgia island.

Deal said in a statement Monday that the laws are aimed at promoting the responsible development of Jekyll Island - southeast of Brunswick.

The new law limits development on the island and clarifies the amount of land that can be used for public recreation, unrestricted use, campgrounds and more.

The new law allows development on 1,675 acres and most have already been developed. Previous regulations barred development on 65 percent of Jekyll Island's land, but it was unclear if nearby marsh areas were included in that percentage.

Deal says the legislation is meant to help Jekyll Island retain its reputation as a tourism location while preserving its natural and historic areas.

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