Jekyll Island Authority Board Approves E-Bike Rental Ban | Local News
The Jekyll Island Authority board on Tuesday voted to pass an ordinance banning the rental of electric bicycles on the island.
The bureau unanimously approved the ordinance after a second reading at its monthly meeting.
The ordinance prohibits the issuance of licenses for the rental of electric bicycles as well as for electric bicycle circuits. It also requires a license for cycling tours.
The ordinance addresses safety and traffic management issues on the island’s multi-use roads.
JIA has received comments on the proposed order, both for and against the restriction, said Melissa Cruthirds, general counsel for JIA.
“Some of the comments were more oriented towards the ban,” she said. “They thought we were completely banning e-bikes on our multi-use trails. This is not correct. We prohibit the rental of electric bicycles. “
E-bike owners can still cycle on the island, Cruthirds said.
Others who opposed the ordinance raised concerns about access for people with disabilities, Cruthirds said, while some in favor of the ordinance raised concerns about safety on the trails of the Isle.
The board also heard a presentation from JIA’s director of human resources, Jenna Johnson, on the authority’s higher-than-usual number of vacancies.
JIA has 34 vacant positions, including 13 full-time and 21 part-time, many of which are seasonal. Many of the positions available are in landscaping and park services, Johnson said.
“These positions are where we see the highest vacancies,” she said. “These are positions that don’t necessarily require extensive skills or extensive training to actually fill the roles, so they pay less than $ 15 an hour.”
Upcoming changes to unemployment benefits available to residents of Georgia could lead to an increase in the number of job applicants, she said.
“We are optimistic that people will want to come back to the workforce and take a look at Jekyll,” Johnson said. “… In the last couple of days, positions that didn’t have any applications actually started getting a few, so maybe with the news that the benefits and opportunities available faded, more people will be willing to return to work. “
As JIA saves money on open positions, downsizing affects island operations, said Jones Hooks, the authority’s executive director.
“We have really experienced a few challenges over the past few weeks, and we expect those challenges to continue over the next few weeks as, for example, group activities return to the convention center,” he said.
In other areas, the JIA Board of Directors:
• Received a comprehensive waste and recycling assessment and updated planning.
• Approved an amendment to a rental agreement with Lighthouse Trolleys to allocate four different parking spaces for company vehicles.
• Approved a request for proposals for the completion of two phases of archaeological research on the island’s golf courses.