Seniors Break Ground for New Meeting Center

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

One-quarter of Panama City Beach's population is over the age of 65, and members of a local senior services foundation say they don't have enough room to entertain them all, so they're building a new 8,100 square foot building to help better serve seniors in our area.

Local leaders held a groundbreaking for the new center Monday. The current Senior Center off of Lyndell Drive doesn't have enough rooms to hold meetings concurrently.

The new one will sit next to the current center and will have four large rooms.

"20,000 contacts came through here last year. This year it was 40,000. I can't see it going that fast again, but we can't handle that many in the rooms we have already. We have to have this new building," Project Manager, John Oatfield, says.

St. Joe Foundation, Charles Hilton and the owners of Calypso Beach Cafe are donating money to help build the center. It should be ready for next year's arrival of the snowbirds.


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