A luxury RV resort is coming to Panama City Beach soon

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 9:00 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Some folks spend as much on an RV as they do on a house and soon they’ll be able to park those luxury vehicles in another Panama City Beach location.

You might not look at the current empty lot of trees and a dirt road and think this is the future of something Panama City Beach has never seen before.

“Obviously we have to get all the plans completed, which we’re 90% there,” Kukla Developer Consultant Jon LePlant said.

Plans to build Kukla RV Resort, the first luxury development of its kind on the Beach, are in the works. It will be built between Hutchinson Boulevard and Front Beach Road off Clara Avenue.

“It can bring a whole new segment of people to our market,” Beach Planning Board Member Jason Morehouse said.

Plans for Kukla were approved by the Beach Planning Department in January and approved by the city council in May. Since then, LePlant said they’ve been working to address some minor issues the city had with the plans.

“Some of the most fabulous things about developing a resort [are] like ‘where are the dumpsters going?’ and things like that. Tree buffers, little things,” said LePlant.

Little things that go into gearing this resort toward bringing in high-end clientele.

We’re told this almost 30-acre lot will be full of RV’s costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as this lot also including other resort-like amenities.

“An RV resort would include things like a walking trail, a great amenity like a clubhouse, a small restaurant, a bar, an exotic pool so people can stay outside,” said LePlant.

“It’s a great venue. It’s a great thing to have on the beach to be able to have these types of RV’s and these types of folks coming through our area,” said Morehouse.

Types of folks they hope come from all over, to not only enjoy this new type of resort, but all Panama City Beach has to offer.

LePlant said they hope to break ground in 30 days and be finished with the resort around the end of summer next year.

We reached out to city officials who declined to comment on the project.

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