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Panel Approves Development of Gulf Park Hotel

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama House committee has approved
a bill that would allow the state to lease for up to 70 years land
for a privately developed hotel and convention center at Gulf State
Park in Gulf Shores.

The bill was approved Tuesday by the House Government Operations
Committee by a voice vote.

The bill is scheduled to be considered by the full House on Wednesday. If approved by the House, the measure will have to return to the Senate to consider changes made in the House committee.

The bill requires that the operator of the hotel be chosen through a competitive bid process. The measure also requires that the convention center be run by state employees.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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