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Convention center opens on Jekyll


JEKYLL ISLAND, GA. — After six years of planning and 18 months of construction, Georgia officials on Sunday celebrated the opening of Jekyll Island’s new beachfront convention center – the centerpiece of a multimillion-dollar makeover aimed at winning back tourist groups and business groups that had given up on the state park’s dated amenities.

Overall, Georgia taxpayers spent $50 million to give Jekyll Island an updated meeting space, a beachside park and rerouted roads to funnel visitors to those attractions. Gov. Nathan Deal joined more than 300 people Sunday in celebrating the opening of the 128,000-square-foot convention center as 1,400 members of the Georgia Rural Water Association kicked off its first conference.

Deal says he now supports Romney

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA. — Gov. Nathan Deal said Sunday he’s supporting Mitt Romney for president now that the former Massachusetts governor has a lock on the Republican nomination.

“He obviously is going to be the nominee of the party and I’ll certainly support him in that capacity,” who had supported Newt Gingrich.

“Certainly I don’t think the state of Georgia is going to have much doubt that they support a conservative in the White House, and Gov. Romney will be the one that they choose,” Deal said. “He’s conservative enough for me.”



Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:39

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