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Ala. House panel approves coastal convention hotel

By PHILLIP RAWLS
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama House committee has approved legislation that would allow the construction of a large hotel and conference center on the beach at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.

The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee voted 13-2 for the bill. It would permit a private developer to work with the state in building a hotel with more than 300 rooms and a conference center that would seat more than 1,000 for a meal. The official who oversees state parks, Conservation Commissioner Gunter Guy, says he envisions a facility similar to the Marriott convention hotels that the Retirement Systems of Alabama has built.

Opponents, including a privately operated convention hotel in Orange Beach, say the state is abandoning the idea that state park lodging should be affordable to average Alabamians.

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