An Email to the Jekyll Island Authority


I am writing you all because this affects you all.

Today I booked a 90 minute dolphin tour for 8 leaving from the Marina at 2:00PM.

One of our passengers is handicapped. He can barely walk on his own with the aid of a cane. We thought it would be fun for him to get out and go on the tour with us.

I walked ahead and asked if it was okay to drop off this person at the dock and I was given the okay.

We dropped off the entire party at the dock.

Our driver backed up to make a three point turn to return to the parking lot and was verbally accosted by the dock master. He was rude and belligerent.

He was physically threatening and verbally threatening. He made this scene in front of his employees and other guests boarding the boat. Three of his employees crossed their arms and looked to be squaring off at our driver.

The dock master was upset that our driver had backed onto his grass.

It is my understanding that federal law mandates handicap accessible areas. We saw no signage and tried to make the best of the situation.

I kindly told the dock master to kiss my ass and we packed up everyone back into the pickup and came back to the campground.

We have been coming to Jekyll Island since 1992. Every time I visit the Marina or the restaurant there we have a bad experience. Their service is bad and the food is slow and marginal.

I felt surely they could pull off a boat ride.

Now I have 8 people with sitting around mad when we should have been enjoying a boat ride. 2 of the people are local that live on St Simons.

This could have been handled 50 different ways, all of them much more pleasant.

Reggie Hunnicutt
Site C-11
Jekyll Island Campground