Historic Panama City Beach Hotel Closing

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PANAMA CITY BEACH-- For more than half a century, the Paradise Palms Inn has served thousands of guests from all over visiting the Panhandle.

With everything from boats, to fish, and even a pirate, the hotel has welcomed people with a nautical charm to the world's most beautiful beaches.

But according to staff, the resort will be closing its doors for the final time Monday.

With her family owning the hotel for 40 years, Julie Hilton said it's left a mark not only on Panama City Beach, but her as well.

"When I was 11 years old, we started working in the hotel industry," Hilton said. "It's really very much a part of who we are. So it's sort of bittersweet to see it come to a close."

After opening in 1964 as a Holiday Inn, Hilton said the property has stood the test of time.

And while she said the area's image has evolved over the years, the hotel's doors kept swinging open.

"We had many families who've returned year after year, as well as over the last 25 years or so," Hilton said. "This was sort of a meeting place, or has been a meeting place over the years for many things that have helped direct Panama City Beach."

But while the door may be closing for the last time, Hilton says it's the property's commitment to reflecting on the area's past that will keep her going into the future.

"We've been fortunate enough to have a wonderful market of people who appreciate classic properties, and appreciate the memories over the years they've built staying with us," Hilton said.

According to Hilton, staff will finish tearing down the hotel Monday.

She says they plan on opening a Holiday Inn Express where the Paradise Palms is located in 2017.