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07/15/03

Sea Island Prepares for G-8

Sea Island can be described as idyllic, beautiful, safe, and secure. So much so, Glynn County residents aren't really surprised that an international spotlight is about to shine on their little oasis when the G-8 world summit convenes there next year.

"Since Sea Island is known, since back in the 1920s, for being able to attract venues of national and international importance," said chamber president Woody Woodside. "And certainly, this is going to set the record."

Sea Island's state representative isn't shy about political praise for this massive political event coming to Georgia.

"Political or not, this wouldn't have happened without Republican Governor Sonny Perdue," said Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons). "If he were not in the governor's mansion, we would not be having this day today."

The serenity and beauty that is Sea Island will certainly be broken to some extent, when leaders of eight of the world's top eight economic powers arrive next summer.

"It's going to inconvenience us," said Keen. "That's a price you pay to bring in somewhere between 250 and $500 million to the coastal Georgia economy."

And as is always the case with G-8 summits, protesters will likely number in the thousands.

"I'm certain that the community and the state would be prepared to handle any situation," said the chamber's Woodside. "But Sea Island is very secure."

Reported by: Sonny Dixon, sonnyd@wtoc.com

 

 

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