Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SUMMIT; G Force in Georgia

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SUMMIT; G Force in Georgia

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The Group of Eight conference of world leaders, better known as the G-8 Summit, is hitting coastal Georgia -- for more than talk, we hope.

The three-day event that begins Tuesday at Sea Island is backed up with 20,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officials to help guard President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Given the terrorist tenor of the post-Sept. 11, 2001, world, it's no wonder that Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency for Georgia for the G-8 Summit.

The G-8 Summit is the first of three high-profile events -- along with the upcoming political conventions -- that have agencies of all kinds on the highest of alerts.

Millions of dollars have been set aside in preparation for possible protests. Protests may get most of the TV air time but the conference itself will be at center stage.

Since 1975, the annual summit has provided a meeting place for the leaders of the world's leading democracies to discuss common concerns and potential solutions. …

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