Jekyll Island's governing board is considering a deal to help its planned convention hotel get back on track after financing problems caused groundbreaking to be delayed. The Jekyll Island Authority board was scheduled to meet Monday morning.
Jekyll Island has the most votes in a contest by Coca-Cola. The Georgian park is set to receive $100,000 if it maintains its lead to fund park projects. It is trailed by two other south eastern United States parks in second and third place.
Vacationers heading to Jekyll Island will have to pay more for parking starting July 1. The Jekyll Island Authority has approved a $1 increase in the price of a daily parking pass at the state park on the Georgia coast.
After six years of planning and 18 months of construction, Jekyll Island's new convention center is opening to the public that paid for it. The 128,000-square-foot convention facility opened Sunday afternoon.
Jekyll Island is looking for shops and restaurants to fill 35,000 square feet of new retail space planned for the state park. The authority that operates the state-owned island had to take over the retail development recently after its private developer partner was forced out of the project because it lacked the money to begin construction.
Georgia could generate about $1 billion a year by legalizing three casinos. That's the conclusion of a report the Georgia lottery quietly gave Governor Nathan Deal last week. The lottery's board paid for the study. It looked at how much Georgia stood to gain by licensing casinos in Atlanta, Savannah and Jekyll Island.