JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Jekyll Island Authority is giving tour guide operators more time to provide input on a plan to test their knowledge of the island’s history.
The plan would require tour guides in the historic district to pass a test on Jekyll Island history, The Brunswick News reported. The test would be given by the Jekyll Island Authority, which operates the state park.
Authority officials have said they want to make sure that private tour operators are knowledgeable about the island’s past.
The authority board decided at its meeting Monday to delay a vote by two months, allowing for a second reading of the revised ordinance and more public comment at its next meeting on July 15.
Former Glynn County Commissioner Cap Fendig has been operating tours on Jekyll Island for more than 40 years. He said he’s not convinced that adding new regulations will benefit tour companies.
“It’s an extremely regulated business,” Fendig said, calling tour regulations at state and national levels “horrendous.”
Jekyll Island officials maintain the ordinance isn’t intended to control the content of the tours, but to ensure that visitors get the best information about the island’s history and revitalization projects.