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Miller, M.R., Burbach, M.E. 2017. Understanding Cigarette Butt Littering Behavior on a Public Beach: A Case Study of Jekyll Island. School of Natural Resources




Conservation of natural resources and promotion of family-friendly tourism activities are vital to Jekyll Island. As it is stated in the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) Master Plan “Jekyll Island is a unique, state-owned barrier island that balances conserving and preserving natural, historic, and cultural resources with providing accessible, affordable recreation, vacation, and education opportunities for the people of Georgia and beyond” (Jekyll Island Authority, 2014b, p. 4). The JIA has reported approximately 1 million people visit the island annually (Jekyll Island Authority, 2015). As such, tourism is instrumental to Jekyll Island’s economy, and that tourism contributes to the overall economy of Glynn County. According to a report put out by Glynn County (2014) the unemployment rate in the county is consistently within one point of the rest of the state, primarily due to tourism.