JEKYLL ISLAND, GA — A weekend of special events in mid-November highlighted a number of developments on Georgia’s historic Jekyll Island. The celebration started Nov. 13, with a welcome reception in the oceanfront courtyard of the Westin Jekyll Island, a 200-room beachfront hotel with 5,350 square feet of meeting space, which opened in April. Featured attractions ranged from an ice-sculptured martini bar to fire dancers on the beach.
On Nov. 15, musical performances and regional food trucks were part of the grand opening ceremonies for the Jekyll Island Beach Village. Offering a variety of restaurants and upscale retail shops, the new main street area connects the Westin with the Jekyll Island Convention Center, which opened in 2012.
“This is the night that we celebrate our new Beach Village,” said A. Richard Royal, chairman of the Jekyll Island Authority. “This new hub for the island is the central location that will be the community gathering place for the island.”
The grand finale took place on Nov. 17, when Georgia Governor J. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Mass Choir were on hand at the historic wharf to rededicate the island.