New Convention Center, Hotel Slated for Jekyll Island

Plans for a new convention center, hotel and beach village on Jekyll Island, a barrier island along Georgia's coast, are moving forward with construction due to begin this summer after plans were finalized by the Jekyll Island State Park Authority and its redevelopment partner, Linger Longer Communities.

An updated version of the Linger Longer redevelopment plan, to be announced this spring, will include a new convention center for Jekyll Island, as well as a 400-room convention hotel, residential cottages, a mixed-use village center with shops and dining and an Environmental Conservation Center. This $325 million project will replace the aging convention and meeting spaces on Jekyll Island and create a new center for meetings, events and returning vacationers.

"With our new attractions, hotels and convention center, Jekyll Island will become the finest location in Georgia to host meetings and conventions," said Ben Porter, chairman of the Jekyll Island Authority. "We have a long history of welcoming a number of first rate organizations, many of whom come year after year. We hope they'll come back to see what the new Jekyll Island has to offer."

In addition to the convention center and beach village project, a number of other new Jekyll Island lodging projects are now underway. A 300-room, four-star hotel and 120-unit condo-hotel named the Canopy Bluff project will be the first resort on the East Coast to be built according to environmentally-friendly LEED certifications. It will occupy the site of the former-Buccaneer Beach Resort.

Jekyll Ocean Oaks, a new development by the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, will feature a 138-room Hampton Inn and Suites. Located on the site of the former Holiday Inn, Jekyll Ocean Oaks will also provide guests with new meeting space, a fine dining restaurant and cottages in keeping with the atmosphere of the Historic Landmark District.