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Jekyll hotel plans beachfront suites

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA. — Owners of Jekyll Island’s main resort hotel said Monday they want to add 39 beachfront suites near the island’s new convention center.

The expansion would give the Jekyll Island Club Hotel rooms on the beach a mile away from the main 157-room hotel, built around the 1888 clubhouse that was once a getaway for America’s wealthiest industrialists. The hotel’s owners pitched their plans during a meeting of the state park’s governing board.

The hotel suites would occupy three buildings built on 1½ acres that are part of a $50 million redevelopment aimed at luring more tourist and large meetings to Jekyll Island. The centerpiece is a 128,000-square-foot convention center that opens next month. Two convention hotels are also planned and should open between spring 2013 and early 2014.

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