Construction of two new Jekyll Island venues is nearly complete as the Jekyll Island Authority continues its revitalization efforts.
The Jekyll Island Authority board of directors, following its board meeting on Monday, had a short tour of the Jekyll Ocean Club, a Jekyll Island Club resort, as well as the Jekyll Island Seafood Company.
Workers are busy putting the finishing touches on the 42-suite Ocean Club. All but one of the suites have ocean views.
Designed to complement the oceanfront location, the Ocean Club features contemporary furnishings and oversized, one-bedroom suites that include a living room, and balcony.
Upon completion, patrons will be able to dine in the first floor Corsair Kitchen and Bar, an American-inspired kitchen and bar that offers contemporary, locally inspired meals and cocktails. Breakfast and lunch are reserved exclusively for club guests; dinner however, is open to the public.
“When this was first proposed, it did not have a full-service restaurant as part of the plan,” said Jones Hooks, executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority. “It’s a major change.”
A bar on the rooftop of the Ocean Club’s amenities center is also part of the plan along with a swimming pool and fitness center.
Rates for the hotel have not been set. The expected completion date for the Ocean Club is July 16 or sooner.
In the Beach Village, The Jekyll Island Seafood Co. restaurant was designed as a balance to the other options offered on the island.
Owned by Terry Harts, a restaurateur in Atlanta, the Jekyll Island Seafood Co. has seating capacity for 162 guests, including outdoor seating. The interior features an open, industrial design with a raised floor that also takes advantage of the ocean views.
Prior to the tour, the Jekyll Island Authority Board of directors approved its proposed $28.9 million fiscal year 2018 budget during its meeting.
The budget is a seven percent increase over the previous year and includes day-to-day operational expenses as well as vehicle and equipment replacements, historic building repairs, bed tax allocation for the tourism fund and capital projects.
Also included is a parking fee increase for five days within the Jekyll Island Authority 2018 fiscal year.
Special projects that will be funded externally and are additions to the approved budget include Jekyll Island Airport improvements, funded by the FAA and Georgia Department of Transportation, road and parking lot improvements funded by Glynn County SPLOST, a rock revetment rehabilitation project and accessibility and safety improvements for historic structures, both funded by bonds appropriated by the General Assembly.
In other business, the Jekyll Island Authority presented a check for $26,000 to the Jekyll Island Foundation and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Funds were raised through revenue from the 2017 Turtle Crawl triathlon. In 2016, the event raised $20,000 for the Sea Turtle Center.
Also approved during the meeting were capital equipment and project requests from the fiscal 2017 cash reserves; water and wastewater capital projects, lease renewals for Gypsea Glass, a glass art gallery and gift shop with a flame-working demonstration studio and for Something for Everyone, an island gift shop.
A Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, (SPLOST) 2016 intergovernmental agreement with Glynn County was approved along with a SPLOST fund account banking resolution. SPLOST funds are required by law to be kept in a separate account.
The intergovernmental agreement, outlines requirements of the Jekyll Island Authority in receiving its $2.3 million in SPLOST funds for street paving and parking area.
“The funds that started collection in April, will be fronted to JIA versus being reimbursed,” Hooks said. “JIA will receive the funds on a monthly basis.”
Additionally, the board approved moving forward to contract with Applied Technology Management (ATM) of Jacksonville to design the revetment rehabilitation project.