Jekyll Island

Larry Hobbs / The Brunswick News

A handmade flag that pranksters stole from Jekyll Island more than 40 years ago has been returned to the state park.

The Brunswick News reports the flag featuring a crest of a seashell and a cotton ball was handed over to its executive editor and president, Buff Leavy, recently along with a handwritten note explaining that it had been swiped by Georgia Tech fraternity pledges in 1975. Leavy returned it to the Jekyll Island Authority.

The agency that manages Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast is raising parking fees at the state park by $2.

That means beginning July 1 it will cost $8 to drive a vehicle onto the island state park. The Jekyll Island Authority's governing board approved the fee increase during its meeting Tuesday.

Credit: Jekyll Island Georgia

A slave ship known as "The Wanderer" landed off Georgia's coast at Jekyll Island just 50 years after U.S. law banned the importation of slaves. Its inhumane and horrendous journey contributed to the origin story of Georgia's Gullah Geechee community.

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The Federal Reserve's roots trace back to Georgia’s Jekyll Island. It all started in November 1910, when  six men secretly convened at the Jekyll Island Club to reform the country's banking system. The participants did not admit that the meeting happened until the 1930s.

Jekyll ISland

Making news today on the coast:

  • Jekyll Island Authority studies the island's sustainability as it looks to grow
  • Savannah experiments with green bike lanes
  • Osprey hatching on Skidaway Island's Birdcam

Bobcat Kittens Could Signal Comeback On Jekyll Island

Feb 22, 2017
Jekyll Island Authority

Two bobcat kittens spotted recently on Jekyll Island could be an early sign the elusive predators are making a comeback on the coastal state park after vanishing roughly a century ago.

Conservation Manager Ben Carswell of the Jekyll Island Authority said Wednesday that motion-activated cameras used to monitor wildlife captured images in late December of a bobcat mother and one kitten. More images taken soon after confirmed two young bobcats.

IDW Publishing

A new graphic novel takes us back to the early 20th century on Jekyll Island. Back then, the tiny Georgia island was a hot spot for some of the most powerful and wealthy individuals like William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer, and Henry Ford. "The Jekyll Island Chronicles" blends historical fact with alternate history - all with the help of students from the Savannah College of Art and Design. We talk with co-author Ed Crowell and illustrator Moses Nester.

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What better way to learn about history than to go back in time. Kids at the Jekyll Island Museum’s Time Travelers' Camp get to do just that... hypothetically speaking. They learn about the island's history by exploring a different era each day.

We speak with Bruce Piatek, director of Historic Resources at The Jekyll Island Authority, and camp counselor Hailee Komaromi about time travel, history, and how campers learn to speak pirate.