Jekyll Island Authority Through an act of the State Legislature, the Jekyll Island Authority was created to oversee the conservation and development of the Island and is the policy-making body for the island. The Authority board consists of the Commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources or designee and eight residents of the state appointed by the governor. Two must reside in the coastal area. The Authority is a self-supporting body, obtaining its operating revenues from leases, parking fees and Island amenities. This income is used to maintain, develop, beautify and promote the Island as a world-class vacation and meeting destination. Jekyll Island does not receive any tax revenues for its operation. The Authority employs a full-time executive director who is responsible for the operation and promotion of the Island’s amenities and for providing certain public services to Island residents and businesses. The Authority is organized into divisions, each managed by a director who reports to the executive director. The divisions are Administrative Services; Facilities, Engineering and Construction; Marketing; Operations, and the Museum. Nearly 300 employees (including full-time, part-time and seasonal) work in various aspects of these divisions. Services not provided by the JIA: Police protection is provided by the Georgia State Patrol. Electric, telephone and cable television services are privately provided.