Work is continuing on the new hotel and conference center being built at Lanier Islands on the footprint of the resort’s original hotel – PineIsle. Phase 1 Infrastructure work on the Islands’ sewer force main line, is expected to be complete mid-May.

At some point, it will affect traffic west of the entry gates on the main road into the resort on either side of the bridge to install new pipes for about two weeks. The bridge will not be closed during that time.

“We feel good about the timeline,” said Bill Donohue, executive director. He also reported that Lake Lanier Islands Management Company, which subleases and manages the islands, has requested an extension of the lease to the full 50 years.

The board also approved contracting with Helix Group to handle site work for the new complex, pending permitting approval by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Bucky Perry, vice president of operations for Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, reported that both the dry storage and a 28-slip dock at Port of Indecision Marina should be complete in early April.

Plans are to open Margaritaville at Lanier Islands on May 1.

The next meeting of the authority is scheduled for April 16.