Name: Jones Hooks
Family: Married for 44 years to Stephanie; two sons and daughters-in-law; five grandchildren
Years in the Golden Isles: 12 years on Jekyll Island and previously six years (1981-1987) in Camden County as the executive director of the Department of Defense Kings Bay Impact Coordinating Committee
School: Metter High School, BBA University of Georgia and MBA The George Washington University
Occupation: Executive director, Jekyll Island Authority
Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: Jekyll Island Club Hotel Resort. I love the history of the club, its beautiful grounds, level of service, breakfast in the Grand Dining Room and sitting on the veranda with a glass of wine enjoying the sunset.
What do you like to do in your free time: On Jekyll, I look forward almost daily to bike rides, especially the maritime forest and marsh paths. Beyond Jekyll, I have a serious case of wanderlust!
What are some of your favorite parts about Jekyll Island? The lack of traffic and Jekyll’s restricted development.
On Jekyll Island, what are some recent upgrades that have been popular among guests and residents? Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum, is Jekyll’s new state-of-the-art museum. The Mosaic highlights Jekyll’s significant cultural and natural history in an entertaining fashion. Ocean View Beach Park and Corsair Beach Park both have easy access and ample landscaped parking, restroom and shower facilities, picnic shelters and electric car charging stations. Camp Jekyll, before the pandemic, had more than 12,000 students from throughout Georgia who annually enjoyed the new facility, which was designed specifically for youth educational opportunities. Of all revitalization projects, I may be proudest of Camp Jekyll.
What are some goals you have for the future of Jekyll Island? Completion of original revitalization plans; bike path resurfacing and improvements, updated master plan, creation of island-wide small venues, expansion of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, adoption of golf master plan, continued island-wide reforestation, historic district expanded programming, and restoration of the amphitheater – definitely enough to keep me busy for some time!