Thu., October 27, 2011 3:46pm
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.
Tue., August 30, 2011 12:00pm
High surf from Hurricane Irene this weekend washed away more than sand. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles were near the end of their nesting season when the storm lashed the beaches. Turtle-watchers spotted numerous examples of nests that just disappeared after Irene.
Fri., August 26, 2011 9:07am
Hurricane Irene is churning up rough seas and dangerous riptides on Georgia's beaches as the storm passes the coast 240 miles offshore. Lifeguards on Tybee Island closed its waters to swimmers Friday after officials decided conditions were too dangerous. Surfers and others were still being allowed in the water at their own risk.
Wed., July 27, 2011 11:44am
Slowly but steadily, Georgia's sea turtle license plate has begun providing financial help for the Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.
Mon., July 25, 2011 8:28am
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.
Fri., May 6, 2011 4:02pm
Governor Nathan Deal still is reviewing a bill to boost tax incentives to spur some tourism projects. The tax breaks could help a proposed convention hotel in Savannah. Some hotel owners have tried to block the hotel because it could be financed with 50-million-dollars in county bonds. The opponents says, that's unfair to privately-backed hotels.
Thu., March 24, 2011 1:38pm
Visitors to Jekyll Island may find parking more difficult this year.
Thu., March 17, 2011 5:53pm
A private company slated to open two new hotels on Jekyll Island next year can't find financing for the project. The hotels are supposed to open at the same time as a new state-financed convention center. Without the hotels, the state-run island could have trouble attracting convention business. Island officials have told developers, they want to see progress by June.
Fri., February 25, 2011 3:59pm
A proposal to expand casino-like video lottery terminals to help fund the HOPE Scholarship program appears to be dead. When Governor Nathan Deal unveiled his own plan to fix HOPE this week, he rejected expanding gambling. And that pleased officials on Jekyll Island, where Republican State Representative Ron Stephens of Savannah proposed putting terminals.
Wed., January 5, 2011 10:09pm
Jekyll Island officials have released their plan for conserving natural areas on the state-run island. The preliminary draft unveiled this week now goes to a 30-day public comment period. Jekyll officials say, the plan's purpose is to detail exactly how natural areas will be preserved and how developed areas can be best managed to benefit wildlife.