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POSTED: January 25, 2011 10:04 a.m.

JEKYLL ISLAND — A 260-room hotel on Jekyll Island is about to close its doors.

The Jekyll Oceanfront Clarion Resort has notified the Jekyll Island Authority that it will cease operations on Monday.

No reason was given why owner Leslie Lurken is closing the hotel. Jekyll Island Authority documents show room revenue at the hotel declined by 10 percent from 2009 to 2010.

When Oceanfront Resort was remodeled in 2008, its plan relied on converting units to condominiums that would be sold.

Eric Garvey, a spokesman for the Jekyll Island Authority, says the authority is concerned about the property closing on such short notice. He says there are indications that the owner wants to sell the property and is optimistic that a new owner will take over.



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