Hurricane Ian Impact to Jekyll Island

Residents

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Residents

Your natural habitat.

Visitors to Jekyll Island know its natural beauty, diverse history, and numerous recreational activities. As visitors return again and again to Jekyll, many make the decision to make this island home or to become a homeowner. However, many are surprised to learn that this little barrier island is a state park, which means there are special rules and guidelines for homeownership and property rental for the more than 600 private residences on the island.

Unlike traditional homeownership, all land on Jekyll Island is owned by the State of Georgia. Instead of purchasing a parcel of property and its buildings (fee-simple ownership), the State of Georgia leases the land to owners for a fee, known as leasehold ownership. In this scenario, the homeowner (lessee) pays the lessor (Jekyll Island Authority) rent to lease the land. Under this arrangement, you do not own the land, rather you own the structure, including any improvements, and have the right to use it exclusively and may transfer ownership for the remaining years of the lease. 

And while you’re living the dream, there comes a time when you’ve still got to take care of business. So for everything from residential lease information to utilities to cable, we can connect you with everything you need to keep life running smoothly.

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