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06/03/04

Final Preparations at Cloister for G-8

Workers assemble the massive G-8 summit table. Workers assemble the massive G-8 summit table.

The G-8 summit is one of the biggest events ever in the Coastal Empire, and it's just five days away. The summit has taken months of planning, and they're putting on the final touches at Sea Island where it will all take place. They're almost ready, but much is still being done to make sure world leaders' arrival at sea island will be first class.

Flags representing the most powerful countries in the world wave in the breeze, ready to welcome the leaders they represent to Sea Island. With just days to go before the G-8 Summit, the Cloister is a flurry of activity. Paint is touched up to make sure each building looks perfect.

Workers are still constructing risers that will give television crews--and people watching around the world--an ideal view of the world's most prominent dignitaries as they arrive.

Inside the building known as the Beach House, the giant G-8 summit table, where leaders will discuss some of the most pressing global concerns, is being assembled. Each part is painstakingly pieced together, with each summit participant's place clearly marked.

The windows are polished again and again to reflect peaceful views of the sea. Floors shine spotlessly, and even handrails are rubbed until they glow.

G-8 spokesman Evan Keefer told us, "They've taken the initiative to put on a first-class summit. They're gracious hosts."

World leaders will dine outside on the terrace on June 9, and even in the event of inclement weather, they're covered by a tent already in place.

Keefer says no detail will be overlooked. "Everything from letting volunteers know, when the Japanese foreign minister bows, you bow to the same level he bows."

Careful attention is even paid to the media subcenter, where news crews assigned to cover the summit itself will work. There's room for 180 and everything they need like phones, internet access, a lounge and dining room, and a satellite news area where video of what happens will be sent around the world.

"It's an opportunity for the world to come here and for this area to play gracious host and see what happens on an international stage," said Keefer.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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