Mon., July 25, 2011 8:28am (EDT)

Deal To Visit Jekyll Island Revitalization Project
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.  —  
Jekyll Island's revitalization project gets an in-person check-up from Governor Nathan Deal Monday.
Jekyll Island's revitalization project gets an in-person check-up from Governor Nathan Deal Monday.
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The goal for years has been to replace Jekyll Island's musty hotels and outdated amenities after the park saw a sharp drop in tourism and conventions.