Bentley Says Progress On Gulf State Park Lodge Coming In 2014

Bentley Says Progress On Gulf State Park Lodge Coming In 2014

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Signing this piece of paper last summer was such a big deal to Governor Robert Bentley he brought it up in this week's state of the state address.

"We will build a lodge and meeting facility and improve the gulf state park for all the people of Alabama to enjoy,” said Bentley on Tuesday night.  I spoke with him the next morning to ask him for an update on the project.    

“This is just a first step but it's a major step,” says Bentley. The signing secured $85 million in BP fine money for the project.  Speaking with me on Wednesday, Bentley wanted to emphasize that nearly a third of that money won't go into the lodge.  $27 million will pay for improvements to the Gulf State Park.  The governor says the remaining money won’t be enough to finish the lodge.  Bentley says he isn't sure how they're going to pay for the rest or what that final price tag will be.  He says they've assembled a group to study the project and expect to start looking for a management company by the end of the year.

“We'll get them together to find out what we need to build and the size really to accommodate the groups we want to accommodate,” says Bentley.  The lodge is still a few years off.  This year he hopes to have some conceptual designs and plans in place. 

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