PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Locals in one Panama City Beach neighborhood packed the planning board meeting Monday. The planning board approved a recommendation for a multi-million dollar resort building on Front Beach Road despite neighbors voicing their concerns.
Developers for the project presented the plans for the resort which includes condos, single family cottages, and a two-acre lagoon.
Locals admitted the project would bring jobs to the area, but they have a problem with the location. The project is slated to be built in the vacant lot between Crane and Lantana Streets.
Some say noise is a concern. Others say they're not sure the area can handle any more traffic.
"The biggest problem is that there's nothing being done to satisfy the traffic either going west or turning on Crane Street to avoid going west on Front Beach Road," Maylon Clinkscales, a Bid-a-Wee local said.
"We will be required to pay our proportionate fair share of traffic concurrency which those funds will be used to further enhance Front Beach Road," Jason Alley, CFO for Premier Development Group said, "but not on our site because we'll be paying for that out of pocket that'll be done throughout the rest of Front Beach Road."
Project developers say they want the resort to add more economic opportunities in the city.
Locals at the meeting say they're also concerned with parking. If approved by the council, construction on the project could take up to seven years to complete.
Some locals asked that the city conduct a traffic study before giving the green light to the project. Some say the area is prone to traffic accidents.