The Biz Beat
by Harry Unger

Jekyll developer pulls out: Good or bad for island?
December 9, 2009

Linger Longer will not linger any longer on Jekyll Island.

Jekyll Island State Park’s main redeveloper, Linger Longer Communities, has pulled out of the project, AJC reporter Dan Chapman writes.

Opponents of the plan who prefer slower growth cheered the company’s decision to quit the $170 million hotel-condo-retail development. They called it a victory for budget-conscious, beach-loving Georgians, many of whom got a first whiff of salt air along Jekyll’s shores, Chapman reports.

But disappointed Jekyll Island officials, along with Gov. Sonny Perdue who championed a revitalized Jekyll, vowed that reconstruction of the state-owned barrier island near Brunswick will continue.

A new retail district, convention center and beachfront park remain on the books, Chapman reports.

What do you think should be done? Forge ahead after the dust clears or consider the company’s pullout a good thing for the island?

Are you more likely to go to Jekyll if the project is built or not built?

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