Jekyll Island board approves new deal for hotel

Published On: Nov 19 2012 10:37:59 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 19 2012 02:21:20 PM EST

A spokesman for Jekyll Island's governing board says it approved a series of agreements with a developer to get a 200-room beachfront Westin Hotel project back on track.

The hotel is part of a broader plan to revitalize the tourist destination. The Jekyll Island Beach Village project also includes an adjacent convention center that just opened and plans for new shops, restaurants and public parks along the beach.

Construction on the hotel was to have started in September, but developers were unable to secure needed financing.

Jekyll Island Authority spokesman Eric Garvey said the authority on Monday approved agreements that allow it to move forward.

The board approved a deal to use the new Jekyll Island Tourism Development Fund to enable the developer to secure financing for the $40 million hotel.