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Bonds help fund conference center work at Lanier Islands

By Pamela A. Keene
 
The state of Georgia will be selling $6.3 million in bonds to help fund the next phase of a new conference center at Lanier Islands. Officials at the June meeting of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority were updated about progress on the proposed project. 
 
The funding will become available as of August 1, 2019. It is part of the state’s FY 2020 budget.
 
“Phase 2 is about 99 percent complete for the conference center,” said Bill Donohue, executive director of LLIDA. Phase 2 was funded for $4.3 million. Next steps include continuing to develop the design and meeting with officials from Lanier Islands Management about next steps. 
 
“We are very excited about this project,” said Grier Todd with Lanier Islands, “and we’ve been working diligently with our partners. This is a project that Mr. (Virgil) Williams has envisioned for the past 10 years, and it will certainly take the islands to a bold new level.”
 
Todd also reported that attendance at Lanier Islands and Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is up over the same time in 2019. “We had a great kick-off for the new season and the hotel has been performing very well,” Todd said. “We are looking forward to a great year.”

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