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Below is some general information about Sea Island:
Sea Island is an unincorporated area of Glynn County, Georgia, and is part of the Golden Isles of Georgia, including Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, and Little St. Simons Island. The seaside island is located along the Atlantic Coast near Historic Brunswick, and is a well-visited, very high-class resort island. Sea Island Acquisitions, LLC owns the island, operating two resorts for the affluent, and limiting most public access. The island sits about about 60 miles north of Jacksonville, FL and about sixty miles south of Savannah, GA. The surrounding marshland, thru which visitors are able to drive, was immortalized in ‘The Marshes of Glynn’ by Sidney Lanier in 1878.
Sea Island houses two very high-class, well-visited resorts, the Sea Island Beach Club and The Cloister, each operated by Sea Island Acquisitions. Both are located across the street from one another, connected by a roundabout in the middle of Sea Island Dr., Sea Island’s main connecting road. The Beach Club lays ocean-side, providing visitors who sit on the beach with accommodations and access to cooler poolside areas. The resort contains restaurants, a game room, an ice cream shop, a bar, and two pools. The Cloister (commonly referred to plurally as either Cloisters or the Cloisters) sits south-west on the island along the Black Banks River and functions as the main hotel of the resort island, containing restaurants, several hotel rooms, a spa, tennis and squash courts, an exercise facility, and a pool. Sea Island Acquisitions also owns property on St. Simon’s Island, including a shooting school, and two other golf courses. Sea Island is a seaside island off of the cost of Georgia sitting just east of St. Simons Island, and north of Jekyll Island.
Sea Island is owned by Sea Island Acquisitions, LLC, which also owns property on St. Simons Island. On St. Simons Island, the company operates The Plantation golf course, as well as a golf house and restaurant to complement known as The Lodge. Prior to its bankruptcy the company was managed by Bill Jones III. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine, he discussed the expansion of Sea Island and was quoted, saying, The banks almost pay you to borrow money today.
In June 2004 (June 8Ð10), the Sea Island Company hosted a summit of the Group of Eight leaders at Sea Island. Continuing the pattern with other previous venues of the G8 meeting, the island is remote, easily secured, and has luxurious accommodations. As part of the security measures, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated the summit a National Special Security Event (NSSE). DHS also began to deal with another NSSE: the state funeral of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
The venue was specifically chosen to control access to the conference. The geographic isolation was enhanced by positioning the International Media Center for the Sea Island summit in Savannah, 80 miles away on the Georgia mainland. Protestors and demonstrations were effectively marginalized, in part because the conference venue was located in a nearly inaccessible place. The island’s security cordon was enhanced when the Governor of Georgia declared a state of emergency in six counties, beginning on May 25, 2004 to deal with the potential danger of violence or damage by demonstrators during the Group of 8 economic summit.
Source: Sea Island on Wikipedia