City officials moving forward with plans for the old Copacabana Motel

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Panama City landmark may be seeing its final days.

Panama City officials are moving forward with plans to possibly demolish the former Copacabana Hotel pending a development agreement. (WJHG/WECP)

The current developer of the former Copacabana Motel in St. Andrews has requested a development agreement in order to tear the building down.

Essentially, the developer has asked that the city maintain the property's current land use and zoning for 10 years.

While it's still unsure what the developer plans to do with the property, this move allows them to tear it down and build it back in its same footprint.

"So what a great place to put some commercial downstairs and some residential on top. Even I think I saw plans before with maybe a little restaurant or lounge on the top floor," said Panama City commissioner Mike Nichols.

The city will hold a public hearing on January 28 before approving the development agreement and demolishing the hotel.

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