convention hotel Gulf State Park http://apr.org en Resort for Gulf Shores State Park Okayed http://apr.org/post/resort-gulf-shores-state-park-okayed <P>The Alabama legislature has paved the way for a new resort to be built on 29 acres of state-owned land at Gulf Shores State Park.</P> <P>The bill allows Gov. Robert Bentley flexibility to work with a projects committee to decide the best way to build a major resort that would replace the state-owned lodge that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.</P> <P>Before the bill was passed Thursday, the governor announced that $85.5 million of BP oil settlement funds will be used on the hotel development and other enhancements at Gulf State Park. Fri, 03 May 2013 12:17:06 +0000 The Associated Press 29674 at http://apr.org Resort for Gulf Shores State Park Okayed Ala. Senate Panel Delays Voting On Gulf Hotel Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-panel-delays-voting-gulf-hotel-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An Alabama Senate committee has delayed consideration of a bill to support efforts by Gov. Robert Bentley's administration to build a hotel and conference center on the beach at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.</p><p>The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meeting was postponed Wednesday because there were not enough members present to have a quorum and conduct business. Committee Chairman Republican Sen. Paul Scofield of Guntersville says he will call another meeting either later this week or next week to consider the bill.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:15:26 +0000 The Associated Press 26249 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Panel Delays Voting On Gulf Hotel Bill Ala. House Panel Approves Coastal Convention Hotel http://apr.org/post/ala-house-panel-approves-coastal-convention-hotel <P>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.</P> <P>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. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:15:54 +0000 The Associated Press 25787 at http://apr.org Ala. House Panel Approves Coastal Convention Hotel Gulf Convention Hotel: Tourism Boom or Boondoggle? http://apr.org/post/gulf-convention-hotel-tourism-boom-or-boondoggle <P>One of the most pristine areas in Alabama, a sandy white stretch at Gulf State Park, could become the site of a large hotel and conference center.</P> <P>Bills pending in the Legislature would let the state use money from BP's Gulf oil spill fund to build a conference center and let a private developer build an adjoining hotel. The Republican sponsors, Sen. Trip Pittman and Rep. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:17:48 +0000 The Associated Press 25569 at http://apr.org Gulf Convention Hotel: Tourism Boom or Boondoggle?