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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 3:27pm

Jekyll Fallout: The Ups and Downs

Critics of more development on Jekyll Island are hailing a decision reached this week that squashes a major development on the island for the time being. But even critics agree, the move isn't all positive.

The decision reached by the Jekyll Island Authority and developer Linger Longer puts the brakes on plans to put new hotel, retail and condo units at this beloved state-run park.

"It's about time," says David Egan of the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island.

But new construction is vital for tourism. And if the economy keeps a much-needed convention hotel or new retail space from going up, Egan says, that could spoil the visitor experience.

"We could end up with a situation where visitation doesn't really benefit from this," Egan says.

Egan likes an idea to split up the project. He says, that might spur builders to move on hotel and retail space and skip the unpopular condos.

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