Associated Press
FILE - In a Sept. 3, 2011 file photo, tourists watch the churning waves from Tropical Storm Lee at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala. as Tropical Storm Lee approaches the Gulf Coast. Over 10 years ago, Hurricane Ivan knocked down a 1970s-era state park lodge at the park, and Alabama has not had the money to rebuild it, at least not until now. Alabama is moving forward with plans to use oil spill settlement funds to build a 350-room hotel and conference center that can handle groups of up to 1,500 people.  Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 that  he believes the facility will be open by 2018. (AP Photo/Press-Register, Mike Kittrell, File)

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