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Jekyll Island board approves new deal for hotel

Associated Press Modified: November 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012

The board approved a deal to use the new Jekyll Island Tourism Development Fund to enable the developer to secure financing for the Westin. The fund uses a portion of the hotel/motel tax collected from overnight visitors to the island.

For the first 10 years, the Westin Jekyll Island will be eligible to receive funds from the Jekyll Island Tourism Development Fund to help market property, the authority said in a statement. The 10-year total of the incentive amounts to $6.1 million.

Also planned is a 135-room Hyatt Place Hotel one block from the beach.

When completed, Jekyll Island Beach Village will be able to host 120 conventions per year, according to projections from the authority.

"The beachfront Westin will play a significant role in attracting businesses and leisure guests from across the country to Jekyll Island and the coast of Georgia," Bob Krueger, chairman of the Jekyll Island Authority, said in a statement.