Through an act of the state legislature, the Jekyll Island Authority was created to oversee the conservation and development of the Island.
The Authority board consists of members appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms. The chairman of the board is also appointed by the governor.
The Authority is a self-supporting body, obtaining its operating revenues from leases, park fees, and Island amenities. This income is used to maintain, develop, improve, and promote the Island as a world-class vacation and meeting destination. Jekyll Island does not receive any tax revenues for its operation.