Developers Talk About Old Airport Plans

We're beginning to get a little better picture of at least one set of plans for the Panama City-Bay County airport property. PCA Development, the highest of the four bidders, bid $61 million for the 770 acres and the airport buildings.

The site will change dramatically if PCA is selected as the winning bidder. The bid is high, the land is vast, and the plans are extensive. There aren't many areas that have 700 acres with waterfront that you can have the ability to basically put together a wish list, in development terms.

PCA Development is the high bidder to buy the airport property and the group's principals, Vaughn Blaxton and David Head, have big plans for the land if they win the bid.

From what they have proposed, there is something in the plans for everyone.

"We do think our plan will appeal to all walks of life. We do have affordable housing, we have assisted living. It's completely open to the public. There will be no gated communities at all."

Even the environmental groups have been working with PCA to help make sure that the sea grass along the proposed marina will be protected. They say the environment is in the forefront of all of their developments.

"While the airport is being built, we will go through or entitlement process and work through DCA and DEP and the other environmental regulatory agencies to make sure what we put here is something that is going to be approved by the community."

Airport Authority board members have a total of four bids to consider to see the airport. The board will discuss all four bids at its October 16 meeting.


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