Jekyll Island to cut jobs, offer early retirement


JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- The Jekyll Island Authority is cutting jobs and scaling back workers' hours to cope with a sharp decline in revenue.

The authority voted Monday to cut 13 full-time and 35 part-time jobs. Work hours also will be reduced for 20 full-time and five part-time employees.

A drop in tourism caused the authority's revenue to plummet this year. The total October revenue was $1.24 million, compared to $6.7 million in 2007. The island's hotel occupancy rate has dropped as low as 47 percent.

The authority also is offering early retirement incentives to some employees.

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