PANAMA Town BEACH — A new hotel is close to the corner for an location of the Beach dominated by high-rise condos.
Positioned east of Pier Park on Entrance Seaside Highway sits an energetic building site for Embassy Suites by Hilton, a 255-home resort spearheaded by the St. Joe Business that will boast a pool, assembly area, health club and cafe.
It broke floor past August and is slated to open sometime future calendar year.
“I assume a whole lot of men and women locate it a very little bit much easier to make journeys in hotels than in condos for the reason that all the administration is underneath 1 roof,” reported David Demarest, hospitality spokesman for St. Joe. “Each individual area is uniform as very well and held to the exact same normal. Instead of heading into a circumstance where you might be not absolutely sure what you happen to be going to get, in this scenario, you know you might be obtaining a high quality product.”
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He also stated that St. Joe at present has two lodges open in Bay County — TownePlace Suites and Hilton Backyard garden Inn — with three beneath construction. They include things like Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Lodge Indigo.
Hilton Garden Inn opened July 9 close to the intersection of Venture Crossings Boulevard and West Bay Parkway, considerably less than a mile from the Northwest Florida Shorelines Worldwide Airport. Demarest mentioned it was previously about 80% occupied considerably less than a week afterwards.
He expected Embassy Suites to knowledge a similar variety of need.
“It gives us a lodge correct in which people want to be,” Demarest stated. “It’s set up in which persons will be in a position to come to trip and they really don’t have to drive close to a great deal.”
Mayor Mark Sheldon agreed that the lodge is a “wonderful option” for the town due to the fact it’s in just walking length of Pier Park, arguably the heart of Panama City Beach.
That will lower website traffic on roads that become seriously congested during peak tourist period.
“We’re genuinely excited about the foreseeable future of this hotel,” Sheldon said. “(It) totally fills a require for the reason that Panama Metropolis Beach front carries on to be a really busy location.”
He also said partnerships with private firms like St. Joe, which owns a wide amount of land in Bay County, are very important for sparking improvement and the extended-time period results of the metropolis.
A person such enhancement is Philip Griffitts Sr. Parkway, a restricted-entry highway spanning from Point out 79 to Nautilus Street, that was developed on land donated by St. Joe. The street was designed to ease traffic on Panama City Beach Parkway close to Pier Park.
It was created however a general public-private partnership concerning PCB, Bay County, the Florida Section of Transportation and St. Joe.
“There is certainly so numerous developments coming that Panama Metropolis Seaside will continue on to flourish simply because of (St. Joe’s) excellent partnership,” Sheldon claimed. “I know Panama Town Seaside could not do any of the developments that … are coming without the need of the partnerships (with) private entities.”
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