Ala Gov Candidates Eye New Gulf State Park

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The candidates for governor of Alabama say they want to reinvigorate Alabama's Gulf coast with new state park facilities that draw conventions back to the beach.

Republican Robert Bentley and Democrat Ron Sparks spoke about a new Gulf state park convention center Tuesday in Montgomery during
a luncheon at the Alabama Governor's Conference on Tourism.

Both acknowledged that it will be difficult due to litigation that has stalled plans to build a new convention center. Sparks said a compromise needs to be found, while Bentley said he would seek a change in the law if necessary.

But both said beach tourism is crucial to bring conventions and jobs to Alabama rather than see them continue to go to the Florida panhandle.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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