Georgia Jekyll Island Suit

ATLANTA (AP) _ A developer chosen to build a 352 million dollar
"town center'' on Jekyll Island wants to join a lawsuit filed over
the project -- as one of the parties being sued.

Linger Longer LLC filed papers in Fulton County Superior Court
seeking to join the suit as a co-defendant with the Jekyll Island
Authority, which operates the seven and a half square-mile state
park along Georgia's coast.

Developer Wade Shealy sued the authority earlier this month
after it rejected his proposal for revitalizing the island's aging
hotels and tourism attractions in favor of a competing plan by
Linger Longer, developer of the upscale Reynolds Plantation at Lake
Oconee.

Jim Langford, Linger Longer's project executive, called the
lawsuit ``completely without merit.'' In a statement, the developer
the company asked to be a co-defendant to protect its own interests
in the project.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop Linger Longer from
moving ahead with plans to build 1,100 hotel rooms, condominiums
and time share units.

It claims the Jekyll Island Authority showed favoritism toward
Linger Longer by accepting its proposal to build on 64 acres, while
Shealy and rival developers were told to limit their plans to 45
acres.

The authority has insisted it was fair in selecting Linger
Longer as its development partner over bids by Shealy's group and
the Trammell Crow Co.


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