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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 4:28am

Deal To Visit Jekyll Island Revitalization Project

Governor Nathan Deal is planning a firsthand look at progress on a key piece of Jekyll Island's tourism makeover.

Deal is scheduled to take a hard-hat tour Monday of the construction site at the new Jekyll Island convention center. Officials at the state park say work on the 128,000-square-foot building is about half done.

The Jekyll Island Authority plans to update Deal during his tour about overall progress on the island's revitalization plans. The state is spending $50 million on the convention center and other improvements, while private partners have pledged $75 million to build two hotels and a 4-acre beach village.

The goal for years has been to replace Jekyll Island's musty hotels and outdated amenities after the park saw a sharp drop in tourism and conventions.

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