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11/12/03

G-8 Benefit "Greater than Olympics" for Georgia

Next June, the G-8 summit will be in Glynn County. World leaders will gather on Sea Island to talk about the world's political, social, and economic issues. Last night, members of the G-8's planning committee, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA Dist. 1) and a representative from the governor's office, hosted a town hall meeting in Brunswick. Residents there are concerned about what kind of damage protestors will do to their homes and businesses.

Organizers say that although they expect protestors, they don't expect any problems and the rewards far outweigh the risks. "There will be a $200 million impact, 7,400 hotel rooms occupied, 2,500 hundred press alone," said Kingston. "Coastal Georgia will be showcased. The benefit will be much greater than what we saw after the Olympics."

The G-8 summit still needs volunteers. If you're interested in helping, check out the official site.

Reported by: Elizabeth Garcia, egarcia@wtoc.com

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