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March 9, 2021
Hotel Plans For Ala. Coast Nixed By Judge
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A Montgomery judge has blocked plans by the state to turn Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores into a convention destination by building an upscale hotel and conference center.

Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled today that the state's plans violate Alabama laws.

Former state Conservation Commissioner Charley Grimsley was one of several people who sued the state over the plans. He called the judge's ruling a victory for average Alabama families that have enjoyed Gulf State Park for years.

A spokesman for Governor Bob Riley says the ruling is disappointing and an appeal is likely.

Gulf State Park's lodge was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The state planned to replace it with an upscale hotel, spa and convention center that would be operated by a Georgia company.

Reese ruled that state law requires officials to take into account the average family income of Alabamians when planning park facilities. He also said park facilities must be operated by employees of the state Conservation Department.

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